Handa's Surprise, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780744536348



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A lovely book to read aloud. Great illustrations and a chance to count, name animals and fruit. My 2 year old loves this story.

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This short story is full of humor, charm, and joy. The characters, both human and animal, are beautifully designed. The text is simple and flows effortlessly as the illustrations add an additional layer to the story. Young children will love to see what happens to Handa's basket.