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Short Stories for Children of all Ages: HANDA'S SURPRISEHANDA'S SURPRISE

(this story is better understood with the pictures in the PDF attachment)


Handa has put seven delicious fruits in a basket for her friend, Akeyo.

She will be surprised, thought Handa as she set off for Akeyo's village.

I wonder which fruit she'll like best?

Will she like the soft yellow banana...

or the sweet-smelling guava?

Will she like the round juicy orange...

or the red ripe mango?

Will she like the spiky-leaved pineapple...

the creamy  green avocado...

or the tangy purple passion-fruit?

Which fruit will Akeyo like best?


"Hello, Akeyo," said Handa. "I've brought you a surprise."

"Tangerines!" said Akeyo. "My favourite fruit."

"TANGERINES?" said Handa. "That is a surprise!"


Eileen Browne

Handa's Surprise

London, Walker Books, 1994

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