Did you hear the one about the banana? Why did the banana go out with the prune? Because it couldn't get a date. Introducing the delicious and delectable, the brilliant and beloved, the one and only . . . banana! BANANAS! is the quintessential book about bananas. Sure, you know bananas are good for you, but how good exactly? Ounce for ounce, a banana is even more nutritious than an apple. If you want to keep the doctor away, try a banana. And there is so much more to learn about bananas. From their early roots in Southeast Asia to their introduction to Americans at the 1876 United States Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia alongside Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, bananas have a very auspicious history. Bananas are now shipped (very carefully) all over the world. After reading BANANAS!, you won't think of bananas as just a quick, easy snack anymore.
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Jacqueline Farmer is the author of APPLES, PUMPKINS, O CHRISTMAS TREE: IT'S HISTORY AND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS, among other books for young readers. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-A great deal of interesting and accurate information about the ever-popular fruit is presented in blocks of text bordered by bamboo frames, set on white pages filled with illustrations. Primary-grade readers can learn how bananas grow, their many varieties (over 500), how they are shipped and stored, their history, animals that enjoy them, and their nutritional value. Simple recipes, such as one for making banana splits; jokes and riddles; and even a few amusing bits of trivia are appended. The tone is breezy, conversational, and cheerful, and the layout is lively. The cartoon illustrations are humorous, colorful, and explanatory, showing children and adults of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds and a few different historical periods. Farmer covers some of the same material as George Ancona's Bananas: From Manolo to Margie (Clarion, 1990), which focuses on the growing and shipping of bananas, but her book is broader in its coverage and aimed at younger readers.
Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA
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Book Description Charlesbridge, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11088106114X