March 30, 2013

The Banana Police. {book review} ~ Rebecca Schwarz

“Everyone was talking about what it would be like without so many elephants around all the time. It was all anyone could think about.” ~Katy Koontz

What if you grew up in a village lush with bananas grew everywhere and elephants roamed freely? What would happen if there were no elephants to eat all the bananas?  If you can’t imagine it, pick up The Banana Police by Katy Koontz, a children’s story that everyone will enjoy.

Set in a small, jungle village where bananas grown in abundance and locals eat them all day, the story tells what happens when the town’s people grow irritated and banish the elephants, who eat the surplus of bananas from town.

Of course the town became a little more quiet and a little less crowded, but then the unexpected happened: bananas were everywhere!

“Before long, they had to use snorkels just to reach their mailboxes.”

From high-tech vacuums to fancy recipes, the story highlights just how important elephants can be to a town with a banana problem.

Adults will appreciate the story for its clever charm and ability to teach children that every living thing plays a role in our lives, by eliminating one organism, the whole cycle can be thrown into havoc.

The Banana Police is a story not to be missed!

Note: elephantjournal.com received The Banana Police for free, in return for a guarantee that we would review said offering. That said, we say what we want—good and bad, happy and sad.

Rebecca Schwarz is in a state of constant awareness of just how amazingly glorious this existence can be on a small island in the middle of the Pacific. Monday mornings, early morning runs, channel crossings, belly laughter and her nieces are some of her favorite things. Sweet potatoes, kale and beets make her heart happy. She is contemplating filling her plate too full with the endless amounts of things to do in this life. If you want to try your luck put a note in a bottle and hope that it reaches her, or email her [email protected]


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Ed: Kate Bartolotta

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