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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
The Banana Farm, a tale of trust and loving sacrifice by David Lane, is an enjoyable picture book for young children. One day, a grandpa tells his grandson Luke all about how his farm came to be and why it was called The Banana Farm when it didn’t grow any bananas. Grandpa tells Luke all about the hardships his family suffered through the Great Depression. The boy’s grandpa goes on to explain how he tried to help his family and save the farm, but how it also landed him in a bit of trouble. Luke learns an important lesson from his grandpa that will shape the man he will grow up to be. Grab a copy to enjoy Grandpa’s story and to find out what lesson Luke learned.
The storyline of The Banana Farm pulled at my heartstrings from the very first page. I was already enjoying the book, and then out of nowhere, it got even better! I loved the story of how the farm got its name and it made me tear up a little. Children are going to love the dynamic of the grandpa and grandson spending time together, and may even relate to them, as it could potentially strengthen their bond with their grandparents. Not only does this book entertain the reader, but it also teaches an important lesson that I will leave for readers to discover for themselves. The illustrations by Caleb McBee are adorable and bring the characters to life. I loved every page of this wonderful book and I hope to see more from David Lane soon. Good luck and keep writing.