An educational resource to help children of 5 and up explore Fairtrade through the eyes of the children of banana farmers in the Windward Islands in the Caribbean.
Juliana grows bananas in her garden while her children, Billy and Bertha, are at school. There are challenges along the way – a hurricane, followed by a disease which affects the plants, but finally a good crop can be harvested. We follow the bananas from the field to the washing and packing shed, and the transport by truck and ship to the UK. The narrative is based on real life situations and illustrated with colourful collages made from painted textures and photographs, as well as photos of the landscapes and agriculture, facts and maps. In the back of the book are some delicious banana recipes and more information about how Fairtrade has helped to pay for some of the things in the book – such as the school bus and the science equipment Billy and Bertha use at school. We also get to meet real life banana workers along the supply chain from the Caribbean to our supermarkets.
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.
'Juliana’s Bananas shines as an educational book, particularly as a tool to introduce children to different cultures.' - Portland Book Review.
'There are recipes, information about Fairtrade bananas, and photos of real banana workers. An accessible way for children to learn.' - Saffia Farr, Juno Magazine.
'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!' - Banana Link