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.
Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand but she grew up in London. She has lived in many parts of the world, including Ethiopia, Malaysia, Iraq and Lebanon. She has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Book Prize ('Jake's Tower' and 'The Garbage King') several times. She has won the Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize ('Hiding Out'). She lives in south-west London with her husband.
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.
"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." "This gentle tale will delight young readers (and listeners)." "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." "This easy-to-read (and learn) folktale will be a hit with young audiences for its direct action and elegantly circular structure."