You're Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!
written by Atinuke; illustrated by Lauren Tobia
2017 (Kane Miller)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
"Amazing Anna Hibiscus is busy growing up."
This last book in the Anna Hibiscus series revolves around the passing of Grandfather and Anna's reaction to it. She knows that Grandfather is very sick, but if she goes inside to see him, she will have to face it head on. Staying outside, she can try to forget and leave her cares behind. Outside is a happy place. Inside is a worrying place. When Grandfather hears that she is laughing and running around, he smiles. Unfortunately, he leaves without Anna saying goodbye. The details in the heartbreaking scene, when Anna realizes it's too late, ring so true. That's one of the many strengths of this wonderful series. What follows is how Anna deals with the grief. Sometimes, it's very difficult and feelings get hurt. But with the help of her grandmother and memories of her grandfather, she learns quite a bit about life and herself and pulls her family together.
There are so many connections students will make with this book. Many have experienced the loss of a loved one. This would be a great mentor text for studying characters and how a character changes over time. It's amazing how rich and deep this book is emotionally and yet still accessible for young readers.
This is my last book post at NC Teacher Stuff. I purposefully chose this book because Anna Hibiscus has been my favorite over the last 8 plus years. I can't recommend this book series enough and this last book, in my opinion, is the best one. It's been my pleasure to share Anna and all of the over one thousand books that I have blogged about with you. Best wishes and happy reading!