Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Search for Bananas

By Atara Bayla Feldman, age 8, New York

Once there was a princess.

She lived in a huge castle with all kinds of servants and all kinds of pretty toys.

She was a very happy girl.

She loved her horse-drawn carriage.

She loved her father’s giant throne.

But most of all, she loved the color yellow.

She loved all kinds of things that were yellow.

The sun…

Daffodils…

Mustard…

But most of all, she loved bananas.

Each day, her servants brought her bananas. She ate them for breakfast…

For lunch…

And for dinner.

One day, the whole town was out of bananas.

The princess couldn’t have any for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. So, she asked Isabella, her faithful servant, to try to find some more from the market in the next town.

Isabella agreed and went on her way. She rode in her own private horse and carriage all the way to the next town.

In that town the marketplace was filled with all kinds of people hawking their wares.

Handkerchiefs…

Sausages…

Silver mugs…

The stands were filled with all kinds of items and produce.

“Bananas to sell!” cried someone.

Isabella hurried over. She saw a man standing behind a large table filled with bananas. She bought every bunch she could find and brought them to the princess.

The princess was very happy. Once again, she could have bananas for breakfast…

For lunch…

And for dinner.

When she ate up all the bananas, she again asked Isabella to get more.

Once again, Isabella hopped onto her own horse and wagon and went to the same town.

This time, though, the banana stand was empty.

“Sorry. No more bananas,” the seller told her sadly.

Then Isabella thought, “I will go to the next town and search until I find some.”

And so, Isabella went out to search for more bananas. But she grew scared—the next town was far away. What if there were no bananas?

She kept on riding until she met a girl carrying a basket.

“Pardon me,” Isabella said. “What is your name?”

“Lily,” answered the girl.

“Do you know if the town ahead has bananas?” Isabella asked.

“Funny, I am also looking for bananas to buy,” Lily said. “See? I brought a basket.”

“Come join me,” answered Isabella. “We’ll go to the next town.”

Together they rode several miles until they met another girl carrying a basket.

“Pardon me,” Isabella said. “What is your name?”

“Maya,” answered the girl.

“That is a nice name. Do you know where I can find bananas?” Isabella asked.

“Funny, I am also looking for bananas to buy,” Maya said. “See? I brought a basket.”

“Come join me,” answered Isabella. “Let’s all of us go to the next town.”

Together the three of them rode.

Finally, they came to the next town. The marketplace was larger and even busier than the first. A group of people were watching a monkey dance.

The stands were full of all kinds of fruit.

Peaches…

Plums…

Strawberries…

Young boys strode around the marketplace, baskets on their shoulders, calling for buyers.

One boy carried a large basket of yellow fruit.

“Excuse me,” called out Isabella. “Are those bananas in your basket?”

“Bananas?” answered the boy. “What’s that?”

“It’s a fruit,” Isabella explained. “It’s yellow, just like the fruit in your basket.”

“These are apples,” the boy said. And he lowered his basket. “Yellow apples. I don’t know anything about bananas.”

Since it was late and she wanted to get home, Isabella decided to buy the apples. She asked the two girls to fill their baskets as well. Off they went, back to the palace.

The princess was surprised to open the baskets. “What are these?” she exclaimed. “I asked for bananas.”

“There were no more bananas,” Isabella explained, “so I brought Your Highness something else yellow instead.”

The princess took a bite and said, “This tastes different.”

Nevertheless, she took another bite and said, “But I think I like this anyway.”

She ate through all the apples in Isabelle’s basket. Then she ate through Lily’s and Maya’s.

Finally, she asked Isabella and Lily to go get more yellow apples.

Isabella said to her friends, “Let’s go back to that town. Maybe they are selling more apples.”

They returned to the town and the marketplace, filled with shoppers, vendors, and even the dancing monkey.

Isabella hurried over to the same boy with a basket, selling fruit, and asked to buy everything he had.

But to their surprise, the apples were red!

“We are out of yellow apples,” the boy answered.

Nevertheless, Isabella had her friends fill up the baskets with the red apples.

When the princess saw the red apples, she exclaimed, “But they’re not yellow!”

Nevertheless, she took a bite. “But I think I like this anyway.”

After she finished up the apples, she again asked the girls to find her more.

Isabella gathered her two friends. “There is another town, farther away,” she said. “Maybe we can find more red and yellow apples.”

So off they went. The rode on Isabella’s private horse and wagon until they came to another town.

This marketplace was as big as a farm and filled with even more stands and food.

“Apples to sell!” called an old woman, standing behind a giant table.

But this time, the apples were green.

Isabella had her friends fill up the baskets.

When the princess saw the green apples, she exclaimed, “But they’re not yellow or red!”

Nevertheless, she took a bite. “But I think I like this anyway.”

After that, the girls brought her all different types of fruit, and all types of colors.

And the princess liked them all. She even liked lemons—because they were yellow.

And once in a while, she still ate bananas.

Once a week Isabella and her friends went to each town.

One for yellow fruit…

One for red…

And one for green.

The princess learned how the world was filled with different kinds of fruit for people to enjoy, and all kinds of colors besides yellow. And she learned that something doesn’t have to be a banana, or yellow, to taste good.

And she learned to like new things.

But once in a while, she ate a banana.

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