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Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus!

(Anna Hibiscus #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  46 reviews
This title is the third in the series of delightful stories about Anna Hibiscus, a little girl who lives in Africa. Anna Hibiscus is looking forward to visiting her grandmother in Canada, where she will see snow for the first time! But before she goes, she must find suitable clothes to keep her warm in the cold winter weather, and say goodbye to the family she loves. "Anna ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh! Just wonderful. I am so glad the library has these. Highly recommended.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Anna Hibiscus / Beginning Chapter-Book Readers
Anna Hibiscus, that goodhearted girl from Africa - "Amazing Africa!" - returns in this third book devoted to her adventures. Like its two predecessors, this volume contains four short stories, each devoted to the time shortly before Anna is to leave for her much-anticipated trip to Canada, to visit her Canadian grandmother. In Harmattan Garden, Anna learns that although her family must be very careful with the water in their well, during the dry season, others in the city are far less fortunate, ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series so, so much! I liked hearing about Anna’s preparations for her trip to Canada and her family’s surprise before she leaves. I love hearing about her family and just learning about a different culture.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I love this whole series. Such fun books, and really worth listening to the audiobook version! My kids can hardly wait for the last one to be available through the library.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anna Hibiscus lives in a big white house with her extended family in Africa. She loves her home although readers never find out exactly where she lives, and these four short stories help readers get to know Anna and her family even better, through her kindness to others who don't have access to fresh water, through her feeling upset over being blamed for her twin brothers' eating of all the sweets, on a shopping trip for clothing warm enough for her trip to visit her maternal grandmother in Cana ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy these books, but I really don't understand why the author chooses to start every story stating that Anna Hibiscus is simply from "Africa." I've read an interview in which she sort of explains her choice, but I guess to me, location is more important. Africa is a vast continent, with various climates and languages and cultures. Anna's life may represent what is true for some, but for the uninformed American reader there may come the idea that no African child will have seen snow (certa ...more
Stacey Mulholland
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great for readers in grades 2 & 3. Will add to my school library collection to go with Ann Cameron's books and Patricia Reilly Giff. Not as funny as Junie B Jones & Judy Moody but light books that provide a perspective outside white America. ...more
Madigan Mirza
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This charming series features easy to read, realistic fiction short stories about Anna Hibiscus, an earnest and funny little girl growing up in "Africa. Amazing Africa." She lives with her parents, her extended family, and her two baby twin brothers who simply go by the names, "Double" and "Trouble."

In this set of adventures, the onset of harmattan, or the dry season, means that the whole family must learn to conserve water. After carefully saving their water, they are able to keep their garden
Nancy Kotkin
Children's chapter book series about a young girl growing up in Africa, within her family's walled-in compound. The stories are bursting with authentic African scenery and daily life. The protagonist is only five or six years old, which is young for a chapter book, but it works well for this series because it allows readers to learn things about African culture while Anna herself grows in her understanding of the world around her. While Anna's family is financially secure, Anna and her readers c ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Good luck Anna Hibiscus takes you on an imaginary trip to Africa with the experience of hearing the native language, and visualizing the beautiful African landscapes. This is a series of books written by Atinuke, and I would recommend reading the two that came before Good Luck Anna Hibiscus and the one that came after. Anna Hibiscus is a young girl who is living in a house full of family in a village of Africa which she takes much pride in. The illustrations that are provided throughout the book ...more
I like how the books in this series all build upon one another; each book references chapters from the other books and there's a continuous storyline in the first three of Anna heading off to Canada to visit her maternal grandmother and see snow for the first time. Based on the cover of the fourth book, it culminates in her actually reaching that snowy landscape! My kids are very excited for Anna to actually reach Canada and play in the snow, so they enjoyed the scenes of Anna trying to buy cold ...more
Another fabulous addition to the Anna Hibiscus books. My favorite of the stories/chapters was the one that dealt with the family using their water carefully during the dry season to keep their garden alive until Anna Hibiscus discovers that their are children without enough water to drink. This story showed a fabulous sense of community and was a great lesson for Anna Hibiscus and all of her cousins. I also really enjoyed how the whole family worked together to make sure that Anna Hibiscus would ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Our favorite Anna book yet! (this is the 3rd one we've read). I love that when Anna needs new clothes for her upcoming Canada trip, they don't immediately race to the store. First the whole family tries to find appropriate items amongst their own possessions. I love the respect Anna's mother shows Anna's grandmother when she refrains from pointing out that Anna will STILL need new (warmer) clothes even though Anna's grandmother has worked so hard to get Anna some new clothes. Atinuke's writing i ...more
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet little book, my favorite of the series so far. The stories (4 per book) are engaging, but have such sweet little lessons in them. In this book Anna learns to appreciate how blessed she is and is motivated to in turn bless others, and the family learns that "Just because it looks like somebody has done something does not mean they did it. That is why we assume people are innocent" (56). My favorite story in this book made me blink away tears as the love among family was illustrated. ...more
Aug 31, 2011 added it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book and Have fun Anna Hibiscus deal with a biracial child who lives in Africa but is going to spend Christmas in Canada with her white grandmother. Each chapter is a story in itself, relating to the whole. These are gentle stories dealing with issues of loneliness, fear, and how to make friends, demonstrating nice values. God for girls especially in grades 1-3.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the things I appreciate most about this series is the slow pace of the story. The plot that Anna Hibiscus will be visiting her Granny in Canada is introduced in the first book, and this book is focused on getting her equipped for the trip. My eldest really enjoyed reading about everyone turning the house inside out looking for clothes for the cold Canadian winter.
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Super cute illustrated chapter book series about a little girl growing up in an unnamed country in Africa with her large and loving family. In this one, Anna makes sacrifices to share water with the poor kids in her community, gets blamed (temporarily) for her twin baby brothers' misdeeds and prepares for a trip to Canada to see her maternal granny. I'm all for it. ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Anna is going to visit her grandmother who lives in Canada. A trip from Africa to Canada is a big deal and she'll need big luggage to pack all the things she'll need (including a new wardrobe!).

Very few challenging words but the ones I noticed some children will need explained "Hibiscus and Veranda" being two such.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
In her third book, Anna is getting ready to go to Canada to visit her grandmother and to see snow, looking forward to her adventure as well as worrying about leaving her family and everything familiar. Her family in the meantime is trying to figure out how to cloth her properly and to give her a positive sendoff.
Virginia Brace
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Gives an authentic look at what it would be like for a mixed race child living in Africa with a loving extended family. Anna will be going to Canada to visit her other grandparents, and everyone wants to help her get ready.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Anna Hibiscus is getting ready to head off to Canada to visit her grandmother. Her family works to find her warm clothes but also create many things to take with her so she will not miss her family so much and will not forget her family's customs. ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The final chapter in this one pushes it to five stars. I usually don't like children's lit that panders to parents, and neither do the kids. That last chapter made us all sigh and want to cuddle up and spread the love. Hooray for Atinuke! ...more
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
see previous comments on Anna Hibiscus. Fourth book in series coming out this fall...
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
If Amber Brown was biracial and lived in Africa... Cute series. Great for 7-9 year-old girls.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read these books to my Mom while she was in the hospital. They are interesting and fun. We both learned some new things.
Colin Kemmis
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My daughter loves this book. Even cut her hair just like Anna. Ah to be three.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kindness, thriftiness, and love define Anna Hibiscus' family. ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love Anna Hibiscus & her wonderful, loving family.
Jennie Lower
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good. Sometimes a little heavy for my 5-year-old but the lessons and stories are so important.
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Atinuke is a Nigerian-born author who started her career doing traditional oral storytelling. Her books include a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Winner, a Notable Book for a Global Society, a Cybils Award Winner, and an Africana Award Winner. She lives in Wales.

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