Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne Worksheet Printable
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Title: Handa’s Surprise

Author: Eileen Browne
Publisher: Candlewick
Language: English
Themes: exotic fruits, african animals, colours, adjectives
Age-range: 5 – 10 years

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 fruits 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. Children will long to tell Handa what’s happening right behind her!

Culture and Vocabulary:

  • fruits: a banana, a guava, an orange, a mango, a pineapple, an avocado, a passion-fruit, tangerines;
  • african animals: a monkey, an ostrich, a zebra, an elephant, a giraffe, an antelope, a parrot, a goat;
  • adjectives : soft, round, sweet-smelling, juicy, ripe, spiky-leaved, creamy, tanguy;
  • colours : yellow, red, green, purple.


  • questions in English “I wonder which fruit she’ll like best?”, “Will she like the…”, “Which fruit will Akeyo like best?”
  • structure “Will she like the… ?”
  • position of adjectives – before a noun in English (“the soft yellow banana”)


  • accents of words, phrases
  • rising intonation on a question that does have a yes or no answer.

Teaching suggestions:

  • work on structure I like, I don’t like, I prefer.
  • work on quantity (How many… are there ?)
  • there is/ there are
  • stage the story
  • switch the adjectives “delicious”, “tasty”…
  • discover another author’s album “Handa’s Hen” (YouTube)
Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne Worksheet Printable
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♦ Handa’s Surprise Fruit Game (collaborativelearning.org)
♦ other ideas (Teaching Ideas)
♦ picture cards (Kizclub.org)

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