Beautiful Bananas is 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.
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