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  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic / Walker Books (24 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744536340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744536348
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 0.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eileen Browne worked as a schoolteacher and a youth worker before becoming an author and illustrator. Her titles include Handa's Surprise, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Sheffield Children's Book Award, Handa's Hen and Tick Tock. She lives in Wiltshire.

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"* "Rich, hot colours and fluid brush-strokes zap each scene into life..." The Independent on Sunday" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2001
Format: Paperback
ESSENTIAL reading for all Infants - so much can be used from the story - sequencing; names of animals and fruits (we made a fresh fruit salad following our reading); African music;fantastic describing words. Something for every level at the Foundation Stage and KS1.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By dawnruthdickinson@yahoo.com on 12 Nov 1999
Format: Paperback
As a primary school teacher recently returned from Kenya it was a joy to find a book that was set in Kenya. The book fits well in the Literacy hour (see 100 Literacy Hours - Year One) and the children loved role playing the story, even in front of the whole school! It is hard to find multicultural books which are eye catching and can catch the imagination of a child. A must for any Key Stage One teacher,
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 2 Jan 2004
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If you want to buy a child who loves books, one book, buy them Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne. It is superb, with great drawings and a funny storyline. Its also educational which teaches children things like: counting, fruits, animals &etc. I'd recommend it to children 7 and under.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb 2001
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These pages glow with the heat of the African sun and the pleasure of the children and the mischievous animals that play their parts in the story. Some fruits and animals may be unfamiliar to some children, but they will soon learn, and will enjoy remembering which animal steals which fruit, and what Handa finally brings to her friend Akeyo.This is a very postitive story, good for telling out loud and one-to-one, and, it must be said, useful for the "multi-cultural" element in children's learning. Eileen Browne has again come up with a winner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Moser Heidi on 8 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
My four-year old got this book for her birthday and likes it (particularly as her Daddy is from Africa and so she already knows all the animals and different fruit). However my two-year old loves!!! the book. She can't wait to say which animal is going to steal which fruit and always wants to read it. There is not much text so defenitely more suited for 2-3 than 4-5 year-old. But one of those books where kids can interact and tell the story nearly by themselves!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ginnie1" on 29 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
An excellent book for teaching all cultural cutoms and different lifestyles which are part of today's society.
Children can have the opportnity to tast the different fruits that are present in Handa' suprise which they may have not tasted before.
A Book For All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Storyseeker on 22 Nov 2010
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Handa sets out to take a surprise present to her friend. The reader watches in alarm as bit by bit Handa unwittingly loses the present, but then, still unknown to her, her fortune changes and in the end she is more surprised by her present than her friend is. This colourful book subtly introduces exotic people, fruits and animals to the young reader in a humorous and satisfying way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Horan on 16 Nov 2009
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This is a really beautiful book for children. I read it to a class of 5 year olds and they loved it. The story is told mainly through pictures, which are beautifully illustrated. I got the big book version which really enhanced the quality of the images. A great buy!
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