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Blue Bananas: Follow the Swallow

Written by Julia Donaldson

Part of the Reading Ladder Level 2 Series

Featured Books for 5+ readers The Natural World Stories about Animals

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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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Blue Bananas: Follow the Swallow Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9781405282000
Publication date: 15/04/2002
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405282000
Publication date: 15th April 2002
Author: Julia Donaldson
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: The Natural World, Animals

About Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West ...

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