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Tom the banana seller Tom the banana seller ˈtɑm ˈðə bəˈnænə ˈsɛɫɝ

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.

ˈtɑm ˈkæɹiz ˈeɪ ˈtɹeɪ ˈəv ˈɹaɪp bəˈnænəz


Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

ˈtɑm ˈɡoʊz ˈtu ˈðə ˈmɑɹkət ˈtu ˈsɛɫ bəˈnænəz


People at the market are buying fruit.

People at the market are buying fruit.

ˈpipəɫ ˈæt ˈðə ˈmɑɹkət ˈɑɹ ˈbaɪɪŋ ˈfɹut


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.

ˈbət ˈnoʊ ˈwən ˈɪz ˈbaɪɪŋ ˈtɑmz bəˈnænəz ˈðeɪ pɹəˈfɝ ˈtu ˈbaɪ ˈfɹut ˈfɹəm ˈwɪmən


“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.

ˈɪn ˈaʊɝ kəmˈjunəti ˈoʊnɫi ˈwɪmən ˈsɛɫ ˈfɹut ˈpipəɫ ˈseɪ ˈhwət ˈkaɪnd ˈəv ˈeɪ ˈmæn ˈɪz ˈðɪs ˈpipəɫ ˈæsk


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!"

ˈbət ˈtɑm ˈdəz ˈnɑt ˈɡɪv ˈəp ˈhi ˈkɔɫz ˈbaɪ ˈmaɪ bəˈnænəz ˈbaɪ ˈmaɪ ˈswit ˈɹaɪp bəˈnænəz


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.

ˈwən ˈwʊmən ˈpɪks ˈəp ˈeɪ ˈbəntʃ ˈəv bəˈnænəz ˈfɹəm ˈðə ˈtɹeɪ ˈʃi ˈɫʊks ˈæt ˈðə bəˈnænəz ˈkɛɹfəɫi


The woman buys the bananas.

The woman buys the bananas.

ˈðə ˈwʊmən ˈbaɪz ˈðə bəˈnænəz


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.

ˈmɔɹ ˈpipəɫ ˈkəm ˈtu ˈðə ˈstɔɫ ˈðeɪ ˈbaɪ ˈtɑmz bəˈnænəz ˈænd ˈit ˈðɛm


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

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

ˈsun ˈðə ˈtɹeɪ ˈɪz ˈɛmpti ˈtɑm ˈkaʊnts ˈðə ˈməni ˈhi ˈɝnd


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.

ˈðɛn ˈtɑm ˈbaɪz ˈsoʊp ˈʃʊɡɝ ˈænd ˈbɹɛd ˈhi ˈpʊts ˈðə ˈθɪŋz ˈɪn ˈhɪz ˈtɹeɪ


Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

ˈtɑm ˈbæɫənsəz ˈðə ˈtɹeɪ ˈɑn ˈhɪz ˈhɛd ˈænd ˈɡoʊz ˈhoʊm


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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