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Handa’s Hen

Written by Eileen Browne

Suitable for: 5-7 years (Key stage 1)

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Set in Africa, this counting-out story follows Handa and her friend Akeyo as they search for Handa’s grandmother’s hen. The two girls count out all the different animals they meet on the search and finally find the hen caring for ten new chicks!

Listen to an audio clip

Akeyo is looking at a black hen - she has a smile on her face and is watching a brown and white butterfly flutter above the hen's head. They are all outside, as the sky is a beautiful blue behind them so it must be a lovely, warm day. In front of them there are the tips of long yellow and green grass.
If you turn over the front cover you will find the first feely picture. Feel all over it with both hands. These are the two main characters of our story and they are holding hands. On the left is Akeyo and on the right is Handa.
Let's begin with Akeyo who is standing up and facing us. Start at the top of her head, can you feel her hair? It is black and feels quite bumpy doesn't it? Her hair is braided in seven thick plaits close to her head to keep it tidy for when she does her chores and to keep her cool too, as some parts of Kenya can be very hot.

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Akeyo and Handa (young girls)
A Spoonbill (pelican-ish), a cricket and a lizard
Mondi (a hen) and her chicks

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