Handa's Surprise: Read and Shareby Published 01 Sep 1999
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Handa carries seven delicious fruits to her friend Akeyo as a surprise But thanks to some hungry animals she meets along the way it's Handa who's in for a surprise! --cover
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"Handa's Surprise: Read and Share" Reviews
‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne is a warm and brightly illustrated book, which tells the story of Handa, a young girl on a journey to give her friend Ayeko a basket full of delicious exotic fruits. Each page turn shows a different animal pinching a fruit from Handa, until she is left with an abundance of tangerines thanks to a clumsy goat that butts into a tangerine tree. Luckily, tangerines are Ayeko’s favourite fruit.
I love this story book and I have fond memories of reading this story as a child and feeling my stomach rumble as I looked at the beautiful juicy fruits on every page. The bold colours and the striking images of different animals instantly grab your attention and the layout of the story allows the whole class to get involved and guess the name of the animal or fruit in the picture.
This book is suitable for the Early Years Foundation Stage and would be good to link this in with:
Numeracy: (Basic handling data) the children can pick which fruit is their favourite and the teacher can create a class graph showing a picture of each child next to their favourite fruit.
Art: Printing with different fruits and looking at the patterns/textures that they make.
PSED: How/Why should we stay healthy? (Tasting different fruits and vegetables).
Geography/KUW: Where do our fruits and vegetables come from? (Looking at maps and other parts of the world, and getting the children to understand that some fruits/vegetables come from areas close by and others come from very far away).
Review for ‘Handa’s Surprise’ written by Eileen Browne’
Handa’s surprise is a great book to incorporate different cultures into the classroom. The story is based in Kenya and is about a little girl called Handa who wants to surprise her friend Akeyo with some fruit. Akeyo lives in a different village to Handa and so she carries the fruit in a basket on her head. This shows cultural awareness because generally in Britain children are not found to carry fruit in baskets on their head. The description of the fruits and the beautiful illustrations with the use of magnificent bold colours draws the reader into the page. Descriptions such as sweet-smelling guava educate children about new fruits they may not already be a custom to.
When Handa is travelling to her friend Akeyo she is blissfully unaware of the animals around her taking the fruit from her basket. It appears the closer she reaches Akeyo’s village the less fruit she will have to surprise her friend with. Finally once the last piece of fruit is taken a ram runs into a tree full of tangerines. Suddenly all of the tangerines fall into Handa’s basket. When Handa arrives at Akeyo’s village she explains to Akeyo she has a surprise for her. Handa shows her the basket of fruit and Akeyo is happy to see all of the tangerines as they are her favourite fruit. Both Handa and Akeyo are surprised to see the tangerines in the basket.
This is such a cute book! It is short and simple, but would be a really good book to read to younger students in kindergarten and first grade. The main character is an African-American girl, which makes it a good book if you are looking to make your classroom's book selection more culturally diverse. I loved the illustrations in this book, they are super detailed and colorful. Since there isn't many words in this book, the pictures are super important for showing what is happening as the story progresses. It is important to include books in the classroom that have different culture backgrounds, since I want to be an ESL teacher, the students I will be teaching will have a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds, so it is super important to have books that students can see themselves in. I would highly recommend this book and I will use it if I become a kindergarten or first grade teacher.
One day Handa decides to take a surprise basket of fruits for her friend Akeyo who lives in another village. She fills the basket with seven delicious exotic fruits; mango, banana, guava, passion-fruit, orange, avocado and pineapple. Handa balances the basket of fruits on her head and starts making her journey to her friend’s village by foot. As Handa sets off on her journey she thinks about her friend and which fruit would be her favourite and if she will like her surprise. However, the funniest sequence of events occurs as she is walking down, from behind the bushes and trees seven different wild animals quietly one by one pinch the fruit from the basket as she walks along without her realising. Poor Handa’s basket is empty after monkey, zebra, elephant, giraffe, ostrich, goat and parrot all swiftly and silently swipe the fruit away and she has no idea, however, there is a delightful twist in the story as Handa approaches a tangerine tree, a bad tempered antelope runs into the tree, shakes the tree and down fall a pile of tangerines into the basket as Handa walks past. When Handa reaches Akeyo’s village she sees her friends face light up in surprise as she gives her the basket, Handa is also surprised and shocked to see what’s inside but her friend is over the moon to receive a basket of her favourite fruit ‘Tangerines’. In the end it seems that Handa is the one who is surprised and puzzled as to what happened.
Handa’s Surprise is beautifully illustrated book for children in nurseries and reception classes. The story is set in a village in Africa, and the pictures are bold, traditional and bright coloured to capture the imaginations of little ones. This book can be used to cover a range of subjects across the early years curriculum e.g. numeracy (counting animals, fruits), art (drawing fruits, make displays), geography (discussed exotic fruits, wild animals, Africa), knowledge and understanding of the world (habitats, traditional clothes, culture), science (taste fruits, healthy eating).
Hands Surprise is one of my favourite young children’s books. It is real delight to look at with the children and a real conversation starter as well as being a great book to use across the EYFS.
Handa's Surprise is a book about a Kenyan girl (Handa) who visits her friend with a basket full of seven different fruits as presents. Along the way to Akeyo's village, Handa contemplates which fruit Akeyo will like the best. However, each time Handa thinks about a certain fruit an animal pops along and takes that particular fruit. For example a monkey steals the banana. Unaware that various animals have taken these tropical fruits, Handa contiunes along her journey, at which point a goat bumps into a tree and a bunch of tangerines fall into Handa's basket. Much to Handa's Surprise Tangerines are Akeyo's favourite fruit.
This book works because it has a multicultural theme. Eileen Browne does a magnificant job incorporating various themese of Africa into one book. For example she includes tropical fruits such as guava and various African animals such as an Ostrich, Monkey, Parrot, Zebra and so on. Furthermore, there are other underlying African themes, such as the clothes the girls wear, walking to Akeyo's village instead of travelling by car and giving fruits as presents instead of toys.
This book would be a good resource for Primary teachers in Key Stage One. as it can be used for role-playing games, methods for understanding other cultures, subtraction, and naming unknown fruits and animals. What is more essential is that Handa's Surprise is one of few bilingual books and comes in various languages, thus it can be used as a strategy to help EAL learners.