Benji & the 24 Pound Banana Squash is a fun book based on actual events that happened in author Alan Fox’s life when he was eight years old. The story demonstrates perseverance, love, and patience through the adventures of planting, growing, harvesting, and reaping the delicious benefits one’s hard work and curiosity.
Eefje Kuijl does an excellent job in illustrating this engaging story! The wonder, excitement, determination, eagerness, and steadfastness when nothing seems to emerge from the ground was depicted perfectly. The color choices and the attention to detail all wonderfully grasp ones attention as the story unfolds.
The story starts when young Benji plants squash seeds he saved from the summer before from his families garden. He does everything right, planting, watering, and waiting for what seems a very long time. But then a sprout appears and it grows and grows and grows!
My children and I enjoyed this book. We plant a garden every year, sometimes big, and sometimes smaller. So, we liked seeing what the little boy in the story would do next. Giggles were made at the picture of Benjo flinging dirt and worms as he digs a hole for the seed. The sweet little creatures around the yard such as birds, bugs, and mice all have little happy faces and are fun to spot.
This is a wonderful story in teaching children about growing their own food and the wonderful sense of accomplishment and joy that comes with it!
The hardcover binding of this book and the medium thick pages makes this book one to last. This is a great book to have at home or in a school setting.
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