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PublisherEgmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Suitable for AgesFeatured Books for 5+ readers
Publication date15th April 2002
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Blue Bananas: Follow the Swallow
Part of the 'Banana Books' Series
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A wonderful story about a blackbird and the many animals he involves in getting a message to his friend Apollo the swallow thousands of miles away in Africa. This is a Blue Banana title, perfect for developing readers who, either alone or in shared reading, are able to enjoy a single story but still with some speech bubbles and gorgeous full bleed illustrations on virtually every page. Follow the Swallow is part of the Banana Books reading series – quality stories for young readers – which in turn is divided into Green, Blue and Red Bananas. Green Bananas, are for first readers, generally from 3-5 years, Blue Bananas, like this one are for developing readers (age 5+) and Red Bananas are for newly fluent readers (age 6+). Every one of them is written and illustrated by well established authors and artists.
‘I love Bananas! They’re just right for the very young. They take children on adventures into life, into the imagination and into reading for pleasure’ - Wendy Cooling, creator of Bookstart.
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SynopsisBlue Bananas: Follow the Swallow by Julia Donaldson
Apollo the Swallow and Chack the Blackbird meet in the garden as fledglings when they are both learning to fly. Apollo explains that he is practising flying to Africa - but Chack doesn't believe him. Chack tells Apollo that the blossom on his favourite tree will eventually turn into orange berries - Apollo doesn't believe him.
But, with the inevitable turning of the seasons, both birds learn to believe the other - and cement their friendship forever.
About The Author
Waterstone's Children's Laureate 2012 - 2014.
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Julia Donaldson is the author of over 150 books for children and her 1999 book The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon, selling 3 million copies worldwide. She is also the Patron of Artlink Central, a charity which puts artists, musicians and storytellers into schools, hospitals, prisons and community spaces to work with children and adults and help them develop their talent and creativity.
Julia Donaldson was selected as the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013, and was awarded an MBE just days after the announcement. Julia lives in Glasgow with her husband, Malcolm, and their family.
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