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Handa's Surprise : Read and Share - Eileen Browne

Handa's Surprise

Read and Share


Published: 24th July 1995
For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
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A vibrant and colourful African story featuring Handa.

Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. As she walks, carrying the basket on her head, various creatures steal her fruits. But Handa has a surprise in store...

  • "Rich, hot colours and fluid brush-strokes zap each scene into life..."The Independent on Sunday
  • "...so luscious it seems almost edible..."The Observer
  • Shortlisted for the Sheffiled Children's Book Award, 1995.
About The Author

Eileen Browne worked as a school teacher and a youth worker before becoming an author and illustrator, with her first book being published in 1977. She believes that certain groups of people are not well represented in children’s books, so she gives priority to multi-cultural and female characters. Eileen was born in Birmingham, but now lives in Wiltshire.



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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Handa's Surprise:

    I love Africa, and I love the words and pictures in this book (the sequel, Handa's Hen, is even better!). I have ticked 'reference' because you could really use this as an educational too to study the different African animals that appear in the book - There is a guide to the name of each one in the back of the book which is great, especially if you have a preschooler who loves to ask "what's that called, Mum??" :-)

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    Rich, hot colours and fluid brush-strokes zap each scene into life... * The Independent on Sunday * ...so luscious it seems almost edible... * The Observer * With beautifully drawn animals and rich colours immaculately displayed on every page, this book is a brilliant introduction for toddlers and children under five years. * Handa's Surprise featured as one of Pride Magazine's 'best books' for children. * Featured/recommended * Yellow Brick Road *

    ISBN: 9780744536348
    ISBN-10: 0744536340
    Series: Handa
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
    For Grades: 1
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 24th July 1995
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 24.1  x 0.4
    Weight (kg): 0.16
    Edition Number: 1
    Edition Type: New edition