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Anna Hibiscus' Song by Atinuke
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Apr 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens

I have not found many books set in Africa that avoid romanticizing it, falling into stereotypes, or being about animals in the jungle. This is just a girl who is happy and whose happiness is amplified by her family around her. It just happens to be in Africa (no country, though). Without any direct mention of it, her mom is white and her dad is black. It would be easy to make the book a teaching story about interracial marriage or biracial kids, but it is just part of the story as are aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents all living together. All of these things are there to talk about, but they are not shoved down the throat of the reader.

And Anna is so happy!
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