Beautiful Bananas by Elizabeth Laird


Beautiful Bananas by Elizabeth Laird

Beautiful Bananas ia an imaginative picture book in the African folktale tradition. A little girl sets off through the jungle to take a beautiful bunch of bananas to her grandfather. On the way she encounters a number of wild, but friendly animals who take her bananas, but then apologise and replace them with various treats, until finally an elephant gives her another bunch of bananas. A beautiful circular tale, the kind of which often appears in folklore around the world. This particular story is often heard in East Africa. *Elizabeth Laird is a high profile, award-winning author who has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has won the Smarties Young Judges prize. She is also a specialist in African folklore. Her acclaimed works include When the World Began published by Oxford University Press *Liz Pichon is an exciting new children's book illustrator who has worked on a number of successful reference series for Oxford University Press

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird

ELIZABETH LAIRD was born in New Zealand of Scottish parents. On leaving university, she lived and taught for some time in Addis Ababa, where she fell in love with Ethiopia’s stunning landscapes and brace, enduring people. Since her first trip to the country in her early twenties, Liz has travelled extensively all over Ethiopia (and indeed the world), and everywhere she went she saw boys and girls running. Running to school, running to work. They ran and ran. In every young heart the ambition to win gold for their country was beating. These young runners with their huge dreams have stayed with Liz and inspired the story of The Fastest Boy in the World.

In between her travels in Ethiopia, Malaysia and India, Liz also lived for some time in Lebanon, Iraq and Austria with her husband and two sons. After leaving Austria she and her husband decided to earn their living as writers, settling in London: since then, she has written over 30 books for children, has been shortlisted five times for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as every other major children’s book award. Liz now lives with her husband, splitting their time between London and Edinburgh.

Elizabeth Laird's books have been translated into 15 languages.

Photo: © Anne Mortensen

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32 pages


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Publication date

5th February 2004



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