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A one word wonder!
on 28 October 2009
A very short story comprising of the word "banana" being repeated doesn't sound like a good bedtime read - but Ed Vere pulls it off with this tale of sharing monkeys.
The book contains large colourful images of two monkeys which communicate clearly how they are feeling - and that's crucial to the story and central to the genius of how the word "banana" gives a different message depending on how it is said. For example, "Banana?" and "BANANA!!!" portray same word in very different ways, and the way you say the word drives the story in a simple way that is naturally understood by children of all ages. This gives me a chance to do funny voices, something which my children love and I enjoy doing!
Children intuitively know that how you say a word can change what it is that you're saying and convey the emotions behind it, but it's something they probably never really actively think about it - this book is a great chance to analyse (albeit in a simplistic way) the way they use language to make themselves understood. But above all - it's a fun book and a good one to have handy when they are very tired and you want a *quick* story before bedtime for the sake of your own sanity!