“Once Upon A Banana”
Rhyming street signs pair with fun illustrations to tell a rollicking trouble-causing adventure in this wordless picture book, Once Upon A Banana. The catastrophe starts when a runaway monkey escapes from his trainer. The monkey throws his banana peel on the sidewalk instead of placing it in the trash as the sign states.
Someone slips on the peel, knocks over a ladder, causing the painter to fall into a cart, which leads to…
and leads to…
and leads to……
This book promotes creativeness, cause and effect relationships and imagination.
TITLE: Once Upon A Banana
AUTHOR: Jennifer Armstrong
ILLUSTRATOR: David Small
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, imaginative, cause and effect relationships
1) Make a list of all the signs you see around town. Invent two signs of your own. Make them rhyme with each other.
2) Like the problem in the book, someone slipping on a banana peel causing an entire town to turn upside-down, use the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” as the problem in your story. Imagine what might happen and then write a story.
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