“In the best pantomime spirit, readers long to tell Handa what’s happening just behind her.” – The Guardian (U.K.)
Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. Which fruit will Akeyo like best, she wonders – the yellow banana, the sweet guava, the juicy orange, the ripe mango, the spiky pineapple, the creamy avocado, or the tangy passion fruit? As Handa makes the long walk to the next village, carrying the basket on her head, a monkey, ostrich, zebra, elephant, giraffe, antelope, and parrot steal her fruits, one by one. But little do they know that Handa has an even bigger surprise in store! Ideal for reading aloud, Handa’s Surprise is now available as a Big Book suited for sharing with groups of young children.
About Handa’s Surprise
Friendly advice for reading fun included in every book!
READ AND SHARE is a unique first library for parents and children that helps build early readers’ confidence. Grouped in four progressive levels, Read and Share books – available individually for the first time – are specially selected for qualities that encourage literacy skills and a love of reading.
Sixteen top-quality books with notes for extending reading fun inspire the confidence parents and children need to experience the joys of reading . . . together. Plus an informative Parents’ Handbook!
What is Read and Share?
—An expert selection of sixteen high-quality picture books by superb authors and illustrators, featuring a multicultural array of subjects, including poetry and rhymes, traditional songs, stories, and information books
—Four progressive levels – Beginnings, Early Steps, Next Steps, and Taking Off – each including four fabulous picture books
—Two full spreads inside each book offering suggestions and activities inspired by the story, designed to help parents and children get the most out of each book – and build a foundation for reading success
—A separate 24-page, full-color Parents’ Handbook providing extensive practical information and detailed answers to many of the questions parents ask about encouraging their children’s literacy