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Anna All Year Round [Paperback]

Mary Downing Hahn , Diane de Groat
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March 22 2001

There was a time not so long ago...

...when people traveled by trolley car, street lamps were lit by a lamplighter each night, and most clothes were sewn at home. The world was growing up. And so is Anna, who struggles to learn math, longs for a new red coat, falls from her roller skates, and takes a marvelous ride.

Set in Baltimore just before World War I and based on the girlhood of the author's own mother, Anna's story reveals that growing up is complicated, no matter when you do it.


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From Publishers Weekly

Hahn (Stepping on the Cracks) mines her mother's reminiscences of growing up in Baltimore before WWI to create this nostalgic chapter book. Though set in a bygone era of gas street lamps and horse-drawn delivery carts, these episodes in the year Anna turns nine have timeless themes. Anna's efforts to eavesdrop are thwarted, for example, when her mother and aunt speak in their native German to tell secrets, so she attempts to learn the language on her own. (Hahn includes a glossary of German words and phrases.) On a dare from her best friend, Charlie, Anna speeds down a cobblestone street on her roller skates and ends up with stitches. One of the most humorous chapters also delivers the greatest lesson: Anna throws herself a "surprise" birthday party after her mother strictly forbids having friends to the house; her aunt saves the party, but as punishment Anna has to go to her room without dinner. Children will recognize the personalities and rivalries of the neighborhood (e.g., snobby Rosa with the perfect coat and her sidekick Beatrice as foils for tomboyish Anna) and will seeing the similarities between Anna's time and their own. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Life in Baltimore in the years just before World War I might seem slow and dull to today's youngsters, but eight-year-old Anna experiences the same yearnings, disappointments, joys, and adventures that all children do. During the seasons described here, she struggles with long division; she outgrows her winter coat and longs for a red one just like the one belonging to her snobby friend Rosa; she asks Santa for an Erector set, though it is not considered a suitable present for a young lady; and she eavesdrops on her mother and aunts' conversations, only to be thwarted when the adults speak in German (a glossary of German terms is included). Hahn masterfully captures Anna's humiliation at wearing a coat that is too small, her thrill and fear during her fling as a daredevil roller skater, and the comforting sense of family that surrounds these everyday activities. De Groat depicts the period details-dress, transportation, etc.-and the characters' personalities all come to life through her soft, though vibrant pencil illustrations. Reading this book is like taking a quiet, peaceful carriage ride over the cobbled streets of an earlier time.
Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Memories From Mom, But No Story May 23 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of author Mary Downing Hahn. I've read several of her books and enjoyed them all. So imagine my disappointment with this book which has no story, no plot, no drama. It does show an interesting look at the times her mother lived in (1913) and the type of home life she had. But it should have stayed as a personal account for her own family. With all her talents as a writer, why couldn't Ms. Hahn have given her readers a story, an adventure, or at least some conflict? This book can "set the scene" for readers who know nothing about pre-World War I times. But then they should go on to other more exciting books from this era such as "The Ornament Tree," "Over the Waves," or "In The Time of Angels."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anna All Year Round April 8 2000
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Format:Hardcover
I thought that this book was very good. I think that children at any age can relate to the struggles that Anna faces with her mother, father, her aunt and uncle, her friends and school. I really enjoyed the whole setting of the book because it was around the time of WWI and this was the time when people did not have too much. I think all children will really enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anna All Year Round April 8 2000
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Format:Hardcover
I thought that this book was very good. I think that children at any age can relate to the struggles that Anna faces with her mother, father, her aunt and uncle, her friends and school. I really enjoyed the whole setting of the book because it was around the time of WWI and this was the time when people did not have too much. I think all children will really enjoy this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!! Sept. 11 2014
By Mrs. Green's Class - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book because parts of the book were funny and cool.One thing the author did well was she told the story very well. My favorite part was when Aunt Emma thought that there was a burglar under the bed. My favorite character was Anna because she was the main character and it was like an adventure for her. I would recommend this book because it's a great book for all aged children.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Memories From Mom, But No Story May 23 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of author Mary Downing Hahn. I've read several of her books and enjoyed them all. So imagine my disappointment with this book which has no story, no plot, no drama. It does show an interesting look at the times her mother lived in (1913) and the type of home life she had. But it should have stayed as a personal account for her own family. With all her talents as a writer, why couldn't Ms. Hahn have given her readers a story, an adventure, or at least some conflict? This book can "set the scene" for readers who know nothing about pre-World War I times. But then they should go on to other more exciting books from this era such as "The Ornament Tree," "Over the Waves," or "In The Time of Angels."
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