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Handa's Surprise

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In pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what's happening right behind her in this beautiful 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic.

A 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic, this is the story of Handa who decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Handa 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? Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this richly-illustrated story is for the youngest of readers. Named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is a beautiful edition to share and treasure with a foreword and gorgeous gold foil on the cover and spine.

  • A luxurious new edition with a foreword, gorgeous gold embossing on the cover and spine, and a gold foil sticker.
  • The two Handa books have sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries worldwide.
  • Selected for inclusion in the Seven Stories Diverse Voices list – the 50 best children’s books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK since 1950.

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.
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