The kids in Mrs. Millet’s class are putting on their annual nutrition pageant. Every kid plays a food. Every kid gets a line. It is a big deal. But this year, there aren’t quite enough parts for everybody. So the class is cast: Fish, Cheese, Broccoli, Blueberry, Banana, and . . . Second Banana. Second Banana feels rotten. She wants to be the ONLY banana!
In this deliciously original school story, Blair Thornburgh and Kate Berube recognize the dreadful disappointment that a casting list can cause—as well as the power of friendship, creative thinking, and a good attitude to turn a rotten situation into one that’s quite ap-peel-ing. Showtime!
What I loved: This is a sweet story about disappointment and handling it. The second banana is unhappy with the role assigned and wishes things were different, as she gets to know the first banana, she finds a new way to be happy with the role, teaching children to empathize and find new perspectives as well make the most of a bad situation. The story is fairly simple but captures all the emotions so well. The illustrations are full of colors and portray the story so well. With funny banana puns, this is a really delightful story.
The font is clear and easy to read, placed on the light backgrounds for easier reading, and this would work well for toddlers through elementary school readers.
Final verdict: A sweet story about disappointment and friendship, SECOND BANANA encourages children to make the most of setbacks and empathize with others.