Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Book Review: Handa O Gakgametse (Handa's Surprise)

Handa O Gakgametse
Originally uploaded by damariasenne
Author: Eileen Walker
First Published by: Walker Books, 2004
Reissued by: Giraffe Books, Pan Macmillan South Africa
Published: 2004
ISBN: 1-92001608-2
Availability:Pan Macmillan at www.panmacmillan.co.za or Amazon.co.uk

A couple of months ago Baby and I read Handa o Gakgametse by Eileen Brown but I never did post our review of the book here.

Handa o Gakgametse is the Setswana version of Handa’s Surprise, republished by Giraffe Books. It is the story of a little girl who decided to take a basket of fruit to her friend Akeyo, who lives in another village nearby.

The artwork is beautiful, with the fruit enticingly colourful. Using the pictures, you can teach your child about the varieties of fruit, and explore the different colours of fruit.

The book also introduces a number of wild animals and birds, as well as what they eat.

Baby and I however enjoyed the humour in the book the most, especially the suprise ending.

I also liked the fact that we could read this book in Setswana. It gave me the opportunity to drill Baby on colours, wildlife and fruit names in our language.

There's also a slight difference in the Setswana edition when compared to the English edition.

In Setswana, Handa o Gakgametse means Handa is Surprised, not Handa's Suprise ( as is the original title) and that brought an interesting angle to the story.

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