Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Written by the author of such famous children’s books as The Polar Express and Jumanji this simple story is a delight.

One day Monsieur Bibot, the cold-hearted dentist find an old lady in front of his office who has a toothache. Bibot reluctantly helps her out only to find out that she cannot pay him in francs, but gives him two figs. She claims that they are special figs, with the ability to make your dreams come true. He eats the first fig that night and finds that his dream does come true! Not wanting to waste the second fig he takes some time and learns to dream that he is the richest man in the world. Finally the day arrives to eat the second fig. The problem is, his dog gets to it first and the next morning Monsieur Bibot awakens to find his dog's dream has come true!

Positives: Simple and fun with great illustrations and perhaps a little life-lesson to be learned!

Negatives: None

Talking Points: I think this story lends itself to discussion from Matt. 7:12 and what is often referred to as "the golden rule." Monsieur Bibot certainly did not treat others as he would like to be treated and in the end it got him in a bit of a pickle. Eph. 4:32 tells us that we are to be kind to others and Phil. 2 speaks of always looking out for the interests of others.  Also James 1:27 speaks of taking care of widows which Monsieur Bibot was not too happy to do when the old woman came to him with a toothache.

Age Level: 3-8 years old

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