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Tom the banana seller Tom the banana seller Tom, el vendedor de plátanos

Written by Humphreys Odunga

Illustrated by Zablon Alex Nguku

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom lleva una cesta de plátanos maduros.


Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom va al mercado a vender plátanos.


People at the market are buying fruit.

People at the market are buying fruit.

La gente compra fruta en el mercado.


But no one is buying Tom’s bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

But no one is buying Tom's bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

Pero nadie compra los plátanos de Tom. Prefieren comprarle a las mujeres.


“In our community, only women sell fruit,” people say. “What kind of a man is this?” people ask.

"In our community, only women sell fruit," people say. "What kind of a man is this?" people ask.

"En nuestra comunidad, sólo las mujeres venden fruta," le dice la gente. "¿Qué clase de hombre es éste?" se pregunta la gente.


But Tom does not give up. He calls, “Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!”

But Tom does not give up. He calls, "Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!"

Pero Tom no se rinde. Sigue gritando, "¡Compren mis plátanos! ¡Compren mis dulces plátanos maduros!"


One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

Una mujer coge un montón de plátanos de la bandeja. Revisa las plátanos cuidadosamente.


The woman buys the bananas.

The woman buys the bananas.

La mujer compra los plátanos.


More people come to the stall. They buy Tom’s bananas and eat them.

More people come to the stall. They buy Tom's bananas and eat them.

Más gente viene al puesto. Compran los plátanos de Tom y se las comen.


Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Al poco rato, la cesta está vacía. Tom cuenta el dinero que ganó.


Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Luego, Tom compra jabón, azúcar y pan. Pone las cosas en su cesta.


Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom carga la cesta sobre su cabeza y se va a casa.


Written by: Humphreys Odunga
Illustrated by: Zablon Alex Nguku
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Tom the banana seller from African Storybook
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