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Betty Goes Bananas

betty goes bananasSteve Antony
OUP Oxford 
Age 0-5

Betty has a banana and wants to eat it. The trouble is she can’t work out how to open it and this makes her VERY upset. A helpful toucan tries to lend a hand by peeling it for her but Betty wants to do it herself. She has some very big tantrums in this story. Children (and parents!) will relate to her frustration. A striking book with bold use of colour; Betty’s tantrums are on bright red pages. This is a simple, well told story with a very appealing character.


Share the story

Read aloud and talk about the story
Before you start reading look at the cover together and talk about what children can tell about Betty. Read the title of the book and talk about what it might mean and what children think might happen in the story.

As you read the story pause before turning the pages on the ‘Suddenly…’ or ‘until finally….’ to talk about what children think will happen next. When you finish reading the story share favourite pages, talk about Betty’s feelings and think about what Betty will do with the second banana she finds.

Join in
When you read the story again encourage children to join in with the repeated parts eg ‘Betty cried and snivelled…’ or the Toucan telling her ‘There is no need for that! It would be fun for children to play the part of the sensible, mature toucan perhaps with a toucan puppet (see below).

Watch the story

From Nottingham City Council

Things to make and do

Draw a picture
Draw a picture of Betty having a tantrum and another where she is much happier, eating her banana. Click here for a template.

Make a puppet and tell the story
Make a toucan stick puppet to help tell the story. Click here for instructions and a template. Children could tell you the story using their puppet and the illustrations in the book

Play the story
Children could choose a soft toy to be Betty and then with themselves as the toucan, perhaps holding their puppet or another toy they can act out the story. You might want to use a real banana as a prop!

Play a word game
Betty likes bananas. What else might she like beginning with ‘b’? Perhaps baked beans to eat or balloons to play with? See how many things you can think of together that Betty might like.


Find out more

Read other books by Steve Antony here

Please Mr Panda

The Queen’s Hat

Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas

Share more books about toddler tantrums:

Banana! by Ed Vere

Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram and Kitoshi Kitamura

Download a Betty Goes Bananas activity booklet here.