Beautiful Bananas

Beautiful Bananas

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Beautiful Bananas is an imaginative picture book in the African folktale tradition. A little girl sets off through the jungle to take a beautiful bunch of bananas to her grandfather. On the way she encounters a number of wild, but friendly animals who take her bananas, but then apologise and replace them with various treats, until finally an elephnat gives her another bunch of bananas. A beautiful circular tale, the kind of which often appears in folklore around the world. This particular story is often heard in East Africa. Elizabeth Laird is a high profile, award-winning author who has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has won the Smarties Young Judges prize. She is also a specialist in African folklore. Her acclaimed works include When the World Began published by Oxford University Press. Liz Pichon is an exciting new children's book illustrator who has worked on a number of successful reference series for Oxford University more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 245 x 245mm | 388g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • in full colour throughout
  • 0192790978
  • 9780192790972

Review Text

In the African jungle full of colorful foliage and lush fruit, Beatrice sets off to visit her granddad with a beautiful bunch of bananas. Along the way she meets a giraffe that accidentally whisks the bananas off Beatrice's head and into the steam. He gives her flowers to replace her gift. But the flowers get smashed when the bees arrive, and more mishaps follow her along the trail, until she is left with a single feather from a parrot; in a final mishap, the feather is blown away when the elephant she meets sneezes. But like the others, the elephant replaces her gift for her granddad-this time the replacement is a beautiful bunch of bananas. This gentle tale will delight young readers (and listeners). (Picture book/folktale. 2-6) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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83 ratings
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4 36% (30)
3 45% (37)
2 2% (2)
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