Title: Anna Hibiscus' Song
Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
Publisher: Kane Miller
Concepts: caring labor, gender division of labor in the home
Review: The endearing character Anna Hibiscus has returned, this time in full color in a lushly illustrated picture book. Anna's positive outlook and good cheer run abundant as she engages with members of her extended African family in the family compound. She especially likes playing with her cousins and helping her aunties to pound yams in the courtyard.
This book offers young children a brief glimpse of one of the economics themes found in the Anna Hibiscus easy readers, namely the gender division of labor within the home. As with the easy readers, this picture book illustrates some features of the daily way of life of a large extended family in an urban African setting.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children