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Tom the banana seller Tom the banana seller

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.

Taam a kyari wahn baaskit a raip banaana.


Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Taam go a maakit fi sel banaana.


People at the market are buying fruit.

People at the market are buying fruit.

Piipl a maakit a bai fruut.


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.

Bot nobadi naa bai Taam Banaana dem. Dem prifa fi bai fruut fram di uman dem.


"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.

"Ina fiwi komyuuniti, onggl uman sel fruut," piipl se. "Wa kaina man dis?" piipl aks.


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!"

Bot Taam no gi op. Im kaal out, "bai mi swiit raip banaana dem!"


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.

Wahn uman pik op a bonch a banaana fram outa di baaskit. Shi luk pan it gud-gud.


The woman buys the bananas.

The woman buys the bananas.

Di uman bai di banaana dem.


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.

Muor piipl kom a di staal. Dem bai Taam banaana dem an nyam dem.


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

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

Suuhn, di baaskit empti. Taam kount op di moni we im mek.


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.

Den Taam go bai suop, shuga an bred. Im put di tingz dem ina im baaskit.


Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Taam balans di baaskit pan im ed an go a im yaad.


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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