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Title:
Beautiful bananas
Author:
Laird, Elizabeth.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
On her way to her grandfather's house with a bunch of bananas, Beatrice has a series of mishaps with jungle animals who each substitute something new for what she is carrying.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 78785.
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ISBN:
9781561453054
Format :
Book

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Summary

A young girl's ordinary journey through the jungle turns into an amusing adventure, thanks to a few surprising encounters along the way.
Beatrice sets out through the lush African jungle to visit her beloved granddad. She carries with her a bunch of beautiful bananas as a special gift for him. But her journey is interrupted as she encounters friendly but mischievous animals, including a giraffe, a parrot, monkeys...even a swarm of bees. When she loses the bananas, every animal tries to replace them with something special, but each gift gets lost in turn. Finally a friendly elephant reaches high into the trees. Will Granddad get his beautiful bananas after all?
Laird's clever, circular folktale is complemented by illustrator Liz Pichon's bright, bold images of the African jungle and the colorful and exotic animals that live there.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. This easy-to-read (and learn) folktale will be a hit with young audiences for its direct action and elegantly circular structure. Beatrice sets out for her granddad's, balancing a bunch of bananas on her head, only to have the giraffe's tail sweep the fruit into the river. The apologetic giraffe gives Beatrice a bunch of flowers instead, but those are ruined by a swarm of bees. The bees give her a piece of honeycomb, and so on through one animal encounter after another, until, by the time Beatrice reaches her destination, bananas have come round again. To go with Laird's spare, present-tense retelling, Pichon provides brightly lit cartoon scenes featuring a smiling, brown-skinned child in a series of generic jungle backdrops. Aside from the African animals that Beatrice encounters, there is no indication of the story's origins, but the tale doesn't need a strong attachment to a particular culture or teller to be thoroughly enjoyable. --John Peters Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Beatrice, the heroine of Laird's (When the World Began) retelling of an African folktale, sets out across the jungle to her grandfather's house, intending to present him with a beautiful bunch of bananas. But a giraffe "flicks his tufty tail" and accidentally knocks the bananas out of Beatrice's arms and into a stream-setting off a chain reaction of animal faux pas and contrition that eventually brings the plot full circle. The giraffe apologizes by replacing the bananas with flowers; these in turn are ruined by some overzealous bees, who make amends by giving Beatrice some of their honey, and so on. The reparations of the final animal, an elephant, consist of none other than a bunch of bananas. "Oh, thank you," says round-faced, winsome Beatrice. "Bananas are best, after all." Pichon's (God Bless the Moon) pictures teem with energy, whether emanating from the comically expressive heroine or the boisterous but eager-to-please animals. The benevolently exotic setting glows with lemon yellow light and lime-green foliage, and readers will enjoy spotting, on each spread, the pair of eyes shining out between the jungle leaves. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This circular tale from East Africa incorporates familiar folkloric elements. A little girl sets out to take a gift of bananas to her grandfather. Along the way, she encounters a variety of jungle animals and each one causes an accident that results in her losing Granddad's present. The animal then replaces the lost object with a new one. By the time she arrives at the man's house, she once again has as a gift "a beautiful bunch of bananas." The cheerful, bold artwork complements the mood and setting of the story. The straightforward, repetitive plot is fast paced and will encourage children to anticipate the next calamity, and guess what the new item will be. With bright, eye-catching artwork and a simple text, this story makes a good read-aloud.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.