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Handa's Surprise

By Eileen Browne
Illustrated by Eileen Browne

In this picture book classic, a delightful surprise colourfully unfolds when a little girl called Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend.

A modern classic named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Akeyo wonders, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head... When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly-illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what's happening right behind her!

  • "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 is a bestselling author and illustrator, well known for her picture book classic, Handa’s Surprise, and its sequel, Handa’s Hen, both of which have been adapted into national puppet theatre productions and which have, together, sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries worldwide. In 2014, Handa’s Surprise was named one of the ‘Diverse Voices 50 best culturally diverse children’s books’ of all time, in a list compiled by a distinguished independent panel of children’s book experts. Originally from Birmingham, Eileen now lives in Wiltshire.

Awards

1995: Sheffield Children's Book Award

Sheffield Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9780744536348
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: August 18, 1997
Dimensions: 260 x 215mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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