This term Year one have focused their literacy work on cultures from different countries. All classes chose to read stories from Eileen Browne featuring ‘Handa’, a little girl from the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya.
Eileen Browne’s books are considered modern classics and are named some of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, in this story Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit 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. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what’s happening right behind her!
In her sequel Handa has an adventure whilst trying to find her Hen, Mondi! Every morning, Handa feeds breakfast to Mondi. However, this particular morning, Mondi is nowhere to be seen. So Handa and her friend Akeyo set off on a hunt, coming upon two fluttery butterflies, three stripy mice, four little lizards, five beautiful sunbirds, and many more intriguing creatures. But where could Mondi be? Is that a faint cheeping they hear under the bush? Might Mondi have a surprise in store? Luminous colours depict a lush natural setting in this stunningly illustrated story perfect for reading aloud. We enjoyed these stories and incorporating our own characters and settings.