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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.


Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.


People at the market are buying fruit.

People at the market are buying fruit.


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.


"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.


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!"


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.


The woman buys the bananas.

The woman buys the bananas.


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.


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

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


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.


Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.


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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