Academic journal article Language Arts

Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

Academic journal article Language Arts

Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

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Splash, Anna Hibiscus! Written by Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Kane Miller, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 6106-7173-6

"The sun is hot. The sand is hot. The laughing waves are splashing!" Anna Hibiscus and her entire family dip their toes in the beckoning ocean in Splash, Anna Hibiscus! As a picturebook followup to Anna Hibiscus' Song (2012) and Atinuke's award-winning early chapter book series, Atinuke and Lauren Tobia brilliantly capture vivacious Anna on a quest to find someone to join her in the refreshing Atlantic waves. After inviting every family member, Anna finally ventures into the water on her own. Anna's joy and giggles prove far too tempting for anyone to resist, and the reader will be delighted to read who finally joins her in the laughing waves.

Both Atinuke and Tobia craftAnna's home with great reverence for Anna's material and social worlds. Atinuke artfully layers regional dialects into the dialogue in ways that remind readers that "Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. …

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