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Once Upon a Banana

Once Upon a Banana - Jennifer Armstrong, David Small

Once Upon a Banana is a silly story about a monkey that causes a lot of chaos in one small town. The book has very little text aside from street signs, so the story is very picture heavy. The text that is there received a 1.9 on the Gunning-Fog readability scale and should be easy for first and second graders to read. The book heavily relies on pictures however, so it can easily be understood regardless of reading level. After my second read through, I noticed that the signs are introduced in a rhyming order, which would be great to point out to students. This book would also be great to teach cause and effect as every action leads to a crazier and sillier new action. Inference can also be taught with this book as there is no text to explicitly say what is happening.