That Fruit Is Mine! Paperback – 7 Mar 2019
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A solid title that emphasizes the importance of teamwork and cooperation to get to your desired fruit. --Kirkus
About the Author
Anuska Allepuz studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the Academia di Belle Arti di Carrara in Italy, before undertaking postgraduate illustration courses at EINA, Barcelona and the Cambridge School of Art. A rising talent in the world of illustration, Anuska has been highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration and shortlisted for the 2012 and 2014 AOI awards. She is the author-illustrator of That Fruit is Mine! and the illustrator of A Bear is a Bear, written by Karl Newson. Originally from Madrid, Anuska now lives in Cambridge. Find her online at anuskaallepuz.com and on Instagram as @anuskaallepuz.
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Then, each of the elephants decides that they want the fruit and so they all cry out ‘MINE’ and try different ways of getting the fruit to drop from the tree. What they hadn’t noticed were five little mice working together to get the fruit.
The elephants are astonished that the mice worked together and soon they learn that it’s better to work together than alone as together they just might be able to get to the fruit.
This is a very sweet children’s book that emphasises the message of working together and being part of a team rather than trying to do something alone when others are trying to get to the same goal.
The elephants each come up with clever ideas to get the fruit to drop but they just won’t work when they do it alone. The mice are very clever and know how to work together.
The book has been beautifully illustrated and the pictures really do capture the hilarity of the story and the expressions perfectly. They will certainly give children a laugh.
This is a book about teaching cooperation and problem-solving and would be a wonderful book to read in school and maybe do a class project about working together, as well as a bedtime story too.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed.
5 Elephants in the forest LOVE fruit and then they come across a beautiful new tree pendulous with lovely fruit and they struggle to be the winner of the bounty all the whilst the mice work together as a team.
This story reminiscent of Aesop’s Fables shows that even against bigger and more powerful single entities that by working as a team even the littlest and underestimated groups are more effective working as a team to reach a goal than be divided and selfish.
The art is beautifully playful with lots of use of scratchy texture and depth despite a lot of white space employed, the page never looks ‘empty’ and the Elephants are exceptionally expressive from increasing agitation of MINE to resignation.
This is such a fabulous tale for use in various settings at home to talk about working together and not being selfish or in educational settings as a readaloud, as circle time read&discuss or on the power of teamwork over determined isolationism!
Rather a parable for the political climate too.
The Fae really do like this book even though Littlefae is sharp enough to know I’ve got this with her and her sister’s sibling rivalry in mind, the cries of ‘Mine’ resound in this house daily. Littlefae thinks this book is very funny, likes to pretend to be an elephant, but I think it may be sinking in as their simultaneous and parallel play ‘seems’ to be stretching in length before the inevitable, which to be fair, she is 5 and still learning. Either way it’s a lesson I hope drip feeds into their relationship!
We received this book from Walker Books for free with no obligation or fee.
I really love this picture book, it's got a brilliant message and is so fun to look at. The story is simple, each elephant calls out that the fruit belongs to them, and they take it in turns doing different things to get to that fruit, like trying to climb the tree or stretching to reach it, but with little success. The message of the story at the end is about working together and I love the way the story goes. It may be short but the message is clear and the illustrations just make it all the more fun.
I really love the way all of the animals are illustrated. Each elephant looks different, with different markings and colours and the general colours used in the story are so colourful and bright, with lots of greens and lighter colours, that it just makes this feel like such a happy story and you can't help but smile when looking at this book.
I'd certainly recommend this. It's so fun, it has a great message and some lovely illustrations. It also has a nice opportunity to do some counting too. A brilliant book.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy for review.
While the story concentrates on the elephants there are also some small illustrations of five mice attempting the same task. They work together and succeed. When the elephants also work together they too are successful. A useful message about size not being most important and collaborative working.
The illustrations are straightforward and colourful. The text and pictures are designed together and occupy the whole page. There isn't a lot of other detail besides the trees, elephants and mice but this helps the younger reader concentrate on the story. The illustrator has tried to indicate texture in the pictures which makes them engaging.
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers