I Want a Blue Banana


Book: I Want a Blue Banana

Authors: Joyce and James Dunbar 

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0395575796 (Hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0395575796 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0460880558 (Paperback)

ISBN-10: 0460880551 (Paperback)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Reading level: 3 and up

Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Dunbar, Joyce and James.   I Want a Blue Banana (published in 1991 by Houghton Mifflin).  Have you ever seen a blue banana?    In this picture book which we checked out of the library for our older son Mark when he was learning his colors, the Dunbars explore color recognition and forming associations between colors and pieces of fruit.  A mother is shopping for groceries with a baby and a preschooler. The baby tosses the shopping list out of the cart, and as mom searches for it, the preschooler asks for fruit in bizarre colors: e.g., a purple pear, a pink plum, a blue banana, and so on. He eventually gets his colors straight and locates the list as well.

     One of the important accomplishments of early learning is the recognition of colors.  In fact, some public schools require that before children can enter Kindergarten, they must already know their colors.  One possible problem with color books for young children is that the colors may not always be true.  Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between red and orange or between deep blue and purple, but children need to learn that this is true as well.  Also, in this book, some parents might object to the way the baby throws food on the floor and knocks over grocery displays and to the mother’s apparent acceptance of these things with indifferent tolerance.  However, situations like this do occur, and in today’s society one can’t be too careful about correcting children out in public.

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