Anna Hibiscus discussion guide




Author: Atinuke

Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

Publisher: Walker Books

Suggested Year Group: Two


Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!

Rationale for Selection

Pacy and engaging Anna Hibiscus is perfect for the newly independent reader and extensively illustrated to build reader confidence. It was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2008.

Points for Discussion:

Anna Hibiscus on Holiday

After reading

Do you think Anna’s mother has changed her mind about going on holiday without the whole family? List the good things about going on holiday with everyone.

Auntie Comfort

How is life different for Anna than for you? Make a list of the things that she does everyday that are different and the same as your day.

What do Anna’s messages to Auntie Comfort say? Have a go at writing them down.

Anna Hibiscus Sells Oranges

Why does Anna want to sell the oranges?

Anna thinks it will be fun to sell the oranges. Is she right?

Why does everyone buy Anna’s oranges? 

What consequences are there for the other girls when no one buys from them?

Has Anna learned a lesson? What do you think she has learned?

After reading

The opening paragraph of each story describes where Anna lives. Can you draw a picture of her house including all the information? Why do you think each paragraph is different?

Choose three words to describe Anna. why have you chosen these words?

Suggestion: provide a pack of character trait cards and ask the children to choose the three that they think best describe Anna. ask them to explain their choice. include blank cards so that any words that the children want to use that have not been included can be added to the pack. Invite pairs of children to share their choices. Were there any differences? Were any words chosen most frequently by all the children?














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