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This fabulous colourful book uses a Caribbean banana farming family to explain how international trade works and what it means to children, their families and communities. A great way to introduce Fairtrade and why it is needed! - Jacqui Mackay, Banana Link.

There are recipes, information about Fairtrade bananas, and photos of real banana workers. This is an accessible way for children to learn about a popular fruit. - Saffia Farr, Juno Magazine.

Juliana’s Bananas shines as an educational book, particularly as a tool to introduce children to different cultures. - Portland Book Review.

An educational resource to help children explore the issue of fair trade by allowing them to see through the eyes of the children of banana farmers in the Windward Islands. The author spent time with the farmers’ families and she uses the real-life narratives of two young children going about their daily activities to show how bananas grow, problems such as hurricanes which can affect the crop, how they are picked and transported and how they end up in our stores.

The main story is illustrated with colorful collages made from painted textures and photographs from the Islands. Interspersed in the story are boxes with maps, facts and photos giving more detail on the places and methods and challenges. Its ends with banana recipes and ‘bigger picture’ descriptions, maps and photos of where bananas come from and examples of social premium funded projects.

With plenty of points for discussion Juliana’s Bananas will give girls and boys an insight into the lives of children like them in the Caribbean and how fairtrade premiums help communities all over the world build better living conditions.

About the author

Ruth Walton is skilled in many areas of book design, including illustration, layout and typography. She produces educational books using a combination of letterpress, illustration, collage and photography. She illustrated the Let’s Find Out series for Franklin Watts.

Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-1-805
Dimensions: 212 x 178 mm landscape
Page extent: 32

Date added: February 10, 2014

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  1. #1 Sue Glenn 27 Feb 16

    Hi just bought the book Juliana'a Bananas love it just what I needed for a little girl with special needs who I work with I was hoping for her to be involved with the class on their topic 'Fair Trade' and wanted to use the book for the child to do a sequencing picture of the story, I was hoping to be able to get permission to maybe photocopy some of the pictures from the book - this will only be used for display purposes. I would appreciate you replying either way to this request. Kind Regards

    Sue Glenn
    SEN Teaching Assistant

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