surprise” by Eileen Browne is one of the best culturally
diverse picture books in the UK and suitable for
children of early years.
As Handa, who’s part of the Luo
tribe in south – west Kenya, puts seven different
fruits in her basket to take to her friend Akeyo, various animals take the
fruits away one by one. When
she shares her basket with Akeyo, it’s Handa who gets the biggest surprise.
were able to fill a basket with all the fruits mentioned in the story. They named
and counted the fruits and animals, as each one of the fruits gets taken away
by a different animal. This helped the children retell the story in the form of
a creative storyboard with captions from the picture book. It, also, showed how
important it is to share with your friends and feel happy and grateful with the
goods you’re given. Finally, “Handa’s surprise” represents real life
application to the young children as it shows different exotic fruits that may
be grown in hot countries such as Africa. The illustrator, also, shows how the
people of Africa carry the basket on their heads to bring food to their
friends. Overall, a brilliant book for
counting, naming and sharing, with colorful and engaging pictures.