The Boy Who Loved Bananas – Monkeying Around and Inspiring Writers

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart in Outstanding Picture Books to Enjoy at Home or at School

The Boy Who Loved Bananas is a great classroom picture book. Use it to inspire storytelling and young writers
The Boy Who Loved Bananas – written by George Elliott and illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski

This is pure fun for storytime. When Matthew visits the Metro Zoo, he loves to watch the monkeys. He wonders why they eat so many bananas. As an experiment, Matthew decides that he will eat only bananas – morning, noon and night. He persists for days and days until, ‘Kablooey!’ Matthew changes into a playful monkey. Wanting their little boy back, Matthew’s parents try everything. Alas, Matthew likes things the way they are and soon has his classmates and principal chomping bananas. At last, after admiring an African elephant at the zoo, Matthew decides he would like to change his menu – to peanuts! The Boy Who Loved Bananas won Ontario’s 2006 Blue Spruce Award. It is boisterous fun for children aged three to seven years.

I love the idea of making this story an inspiration for young writers. If they had the chance, what would they choose to eat and what might happen if they did?

Ages 3 to 7

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The Boy Who Loved Bananas at Amazon.com

The Boy Who Loved Bananas at Amazon.ca


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