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Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong

Once Upon a Banana

by Jennifer Armstrong

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This is the story of a juggler whose monkey runs off and wreaks havoc all around the city. There are no words to the story, except on each page there is one sign, and the each of the signs is part of a rhyming pair. But they don't tell the story in any way.
  Tarawyn | Oct 24, 2017 |
It's funny that a book without words took me longer to "read" than most others. This book is a wonderful illustration of the butterfly effect. I loved it. How one little mischievous monkey can cause a whole lot of trouble. ( )
  MeganSchneider | Mar 28, 2017 |
In this creative book, complete chaos happens when a monkey tosses a banana peel into a trash can and misses. When the monkey doesn’t pick up the banana peel, people start to go on opposite sides of the street, a baby in a carriage rolls away from his mother, and bikers park in no parking zones. Even with minimal text, readers still get the idea of what happens when a rule is not followed. Street signs act of captions and the only text within the book. Colorful and humorous illustrations are sure to engage readers. With this book, students can come up with their own predictions, draw conclusions, and interpret the pictures any way they want. Once upon a banana is a fun book to have in any classroom. ( )
  afrught | Mar 9, 2016 |
This book has no words except for a few signs. It is suppose to lead to something but I did not understand what. Unlike some other non word books this one you cannot have students make a story out of. It is too messy and confusing. The illustrations are too busy and very messy. I think that it tries to tell a story of a banana and how much trouble it can cause. It really just does not make sense to me. ( )
  mholtan | Dec 3, 2015 |
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  yatsogu | Aug 15, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689842511, Hardcover)

Such a little banana causing such a big pile of trouble! How could it be? First the grocer, then the painter, next the bicycle messenger, and then -- oh, no -- not the baby in the carriage! An entire town turned upside down, all by a banana peel!

Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Small and award-winning author Jennifer Armstrong have created a roller-coaster ride of a picture book told in rhyming street signs that will tickle and delight readers from beginning to end and over and over again.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:14 -0400)

Everyday signs serve as captions for this pictorial tale of what happens after a man tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses.

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