Project Description


Beautiful Bananas

by Elizabeth Laird
illustrated by Liz Pichon

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 by a series of mishaps as she encounters friendly but mischievous animals, including a giraffe, a parrot, monkeys…even a swarm of bees. After she loses the bananas, every animal she encounters 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 tale is complemented by illustrator Liz Pinchon’s bright, bold images of the African jungle and the colorful and exotic animals that live there.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-305-4
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 5/8 x 9 5/8
Language: English
Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-691-8
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 5/8 x 9 5/8
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 78785
AR Reading Level: 2
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: H
F&P Grade: 1


“This gentle tale will delight young readers (and listeners).” ―Kirkus Reviews

“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.” ―School Library Journal

“Pichon’s 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.” ―Publishers Weekly

“This easy-to-read (and learn) folktale will be a hit with young audiences for its direct action and elegantly circular structure.” ―Booklist

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“…Illustrator Liz Pichon brings Laird’s funny and fantastic story to life in just the right way. Beatrice is vivacious and bubbly, whether she’s being frightened by a lion or sneezed on by an elephant. And the colorful spreads provide plenty of fun details, especially the last one that features each of the animals Beatrice encounters. This is a simply delightful tale and a great way to introduce young children to folklore…” ―Sprout’s Bookshelf blog

“The story is simple in text and bright in illustrations. A great read-aloud for the younger elementary students.” ―Novel Nutritious blog

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Laird is a specialist in African folklore and an award-winning author who has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has won the Smarties Young Judges prize. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Liz Pichon is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including Beautiful Bananas, Square Eyed Pat, My Big Brother Boris, The Very Ugly Bug, Bored Bill, and A Tale of Two Kitties. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.