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Beautiful Bananas

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2004 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 2003)
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Feb 16, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-k
This is our book for our language and literacy small groups this week. It's about a girl who's bringing her Grandpa a gift. After the story was over, I asked my students to draw a picture of something they would give as a gift and who would they give it to.
Miss Sarah
Sep 24, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it it was ok
a young girl is traveling to her grandpa's house to give him some bananas. Along the way she bumps into many animals who each take her gift and giver a new one. Cute and colorful pictures. length makes it preschool.
Dec 02, 2013 Philip rated it it was amazing
Dad: How many stars?

Gwen: I WANT FIVE STARS! One, two, three, four, five. One two three four five six seven eight nine ten... One two three... continues counting to ten several times... occasionally going up to thirteen.

Dad: Have you stopped thinking about the review and just started counting? Why do you want to give it five stars?

Gwen: Because I'm FIVE!

D: You just turned five?

G: Yes! I just turned five.

D: What was the book about?

G: It was aboooouuut... A girl... let me read it... It was about
Gemma Varcianna
Feb 05, 2012 Gemma Varcianna rated it really liked it
An Ethiopian tale that details Beatrice's encouters with a Giraffe that accidently flicks her bananas into the nearby stream, sorry the giraffe offers a bunch of flowers in exchange which beatrice happily accepts, the bees however have other plans for the flowers and as beatrice tries too keep the bees away the flowers become spoilt.. the bees are also sorry and as an apology give her some wrapped honeycomb for grandad. Beatrice continues her journey meeting some fun loving monkeys down the path ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I am a sucker for beautifully illustrated kids books, and this is one that immediately called out to me.

The vibrant colors and gorgeous pictures are definitely what earned most of the stars for this book, but the story is pretty cute on it’s own. Beatrice is on her way to her grandfather’s house with a bunch of bananas, but along the way she loses them to an animal who gives her something in return…and the process repeats several times.

It is a story I’ve seen around in other forms, so if you hav
Jun 26, 2015 Den rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2015
Nice, bright, colourful illustrations which accompany a simple story line which children will soon pick up and before long they'll be able to tell you the story themselves.
Beatrice is taking some bananas to her grandad when an animal bumps into her and she loses the bananas but to apologise the animal gives her something else, she continues along the way etc etc.... Children could guess what animal she might meet and what they might give her in exchange. They could also write their own story alo
May 28, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it
This book keeps both boys attention. It is a story about a girl bringing bananas to her Grandad. Along the way different animals inadvertantly destroy her gift and replace it with a new one. There is a lot of color, sound and movement making this a very energetic read.

John's favorite part: the bananas, John likes bananas.
Carol Ekster
Nov 08, 2013 Carol Ekster rated it liked it
This is a well written picture book, except for the last page...the ending. It just needed a bit of tightening and it would have been greatly improved. Otherwise there are many examples of alliteration and strong verbs that makes for a good reading to young listeners. It's a sweet idea that Beatrice is bringing her grandad a present.
LaRaie Zimm
This is a darling book about a girl who has an adventure as she goes to visit her grandfather. Each animal she runs in to along the way helps (and hinders) her and hilarity ensues. This is a feel-good book with eye-popping illustrations and lots of fun!
Nov 02, 2007 Kate rated it liked it
Beatrice sets off through the jungle with a bunch of bananas for her grandfather. Along the way she encounters a series of animals that cause her trouble. Will she still have a gift for her grandfather at the end? (Pretty cute picture book.)
Aug 06, 2010 Alisa rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story about a little girl who wanted to bring bananas to her granddad....along the way everything and anything happens to her gifts of bananas and they get replaced wtih other fun things and they disappear, until finally the elephant at the end gives her bananas more. Cute.
Tegan (The Rowdy Librarian)
Short, sweet. Cute animal illustrations.
Cheerful, bright, circular story.
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Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. Her father was a ship's surgeon; both he and Laird's mother were Scottish. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School.
When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia. She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though
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