Handa goes to feed Mondi, Grandma’s hen, but she can’t find her. So hand in hand with friend Akeyo she sets off on her search. On the way she meets two fluttery butterflies and three stripy mice, but it isn’t until she comes across ten starlings that she locates Mondi, who has a delightful surprise for the young reader. What lifts this book above the normal run of counting books is the well-handled narrative and the stunning location of the story. It’s set in south-west Kenya, which the author has researched with the assistance of the Kenya High Commission, and the illustrations are quite simply beautiful. Every page reveals a picture of rural life in Africa that will delight both child and adult through many readings
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