Anna Hibiscus' Song by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus' Song

Written by Atinuke
Illustrated by Lauren Tobia
Part of the Anna Hibiscus Series

3+ readers   
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This is a beautiful, vibrant story, with rich colours and words that sing right off the page and a wonderful celebration of great happiness! One day Anna Hibiscus wakes up feeling so happy that she thinks she might pop! She asks everyone what they do when they feel as bursting with joy as she does. Anna enjoys all their suggestions – and then finds her very own way to celebrate! This is a delightful story set against a bustling African community in the midst of a huge, happy family.


Anna Hibiscus' Song by Atinuke

This is the first picture book featuring Anna Hibiscus and she is very happy in it! So happy, in fact, that she can't quite decide what to do with herself!! So she turns to her grandparents, her aunties, her cousins Chocolate, Angel and Benz, her uncle Tunde and her father, who each offer her a way to express her boundless joy. But being around the people she loves so much only makes her happiness grow and grow; she is SO happy, she is going to EXPLODE! It is her mother who finally helps her to channel her brimming happiness. Sitting in her mango tree Anna sings an amazing song. Amazing is Africa. Amazing is Anna Hibiscus. Anna Hibiscus' world is brought to full colour for the first time in her very own picture book.


a story of sizzling happiness that starts small and grows irrepressibly ... her township is beautifully drawn ... a book to put - and keep - a smile on your face * Observer * ... a wonderful celebration of the joy of life. The gorgeous illustrations have plenty of detail of everyday life in Africa. * Booktrust *

About the Author


Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller. She draws upon her recent ancestry from Yoruba land, England and Wales, and more ancient origins in Spain, Portugal and China, to tell stories from both the world of folktales and contemporary life. She has written many Anna Hibiscus Racing Read titles and picture books, as well as the series entitled No. 1 Car Spotter. She lives in Newport, Pembrokeshire with her husband and two sons.

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40 pages


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Publication date

2nd August 2012




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