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The Sweetest Fig
By Chris Van Allsburg
4.7 out of 5 stars (59 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
Edition:  1st
Published:  September 27, 1993
Binding:  Hardcover
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"These figs are very special," the woman whispered. "They can make your dreams come true." — Thus Monsieur Bibot, the cold-hearted dentist, was given two ordinary-looking figs as payment for extracting a tooth from an old woman's mouth. Monsieur Bibot refused to believe such nonsense and proceeded to eat one of the figs for a bedtime snack. Although it was possibly the finest, sweetest fig he had ever tasted, it wasn't until the next morning that Monsieur Bibot realized it indeed had the power to make his dreams come true. While dragging his poor dog, Marcel, out for his walk, he discovered that his strange dream from the night before was becoming all too real. Determined to make good use of the second fig, Monsieur Bibot learns to control is dreams. But can he control Marcel? Once again Chris Van Allsburg explores the mysterious territory between fantasy and reality in an uncanny tale that will intrigue readers of all ages.
 
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4.0 out of 5 stars.  The Sweetest Fig, November 30, -0001
By Toodles
Outstanding illustrations - very moody and almost a little dark which perfectly match the somewhat dark story. This story is not your typical feel good, do good childrens book - it definitely has a little dark side. I would not consider this a picture book for very young children but appropiate for children in first to second grade. It lends itself well to be read aloud by an adult with some commentary and discussion with the child. It has a definite " let's think about this" twist to it which benefits and may even require mindful adult support and guidance. It may not be appealing to a highly impressionable child prone to bad dreams.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Another Climatic Ending, November 30, -0001
By Frank J. Koerner
Van Allsburg is a master of the surprise ending so it is no surprise that this book has a very rewarding surprise ending. The illustrations help to engage the child in the story

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  One of my favorite read aloud books, November 30, -0001
By Eloy Balboa
One of my favorite read aloud books! This book has beautiful illustrations and the unpredictable storyline makes for some awesome writing prompts. The cover page doesn't give away the main idea and I love that about this book! Another classic.

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Didn't see that one coming, November 30, -0001
By The Kat
Revenge is sweet. So is this book. This could have been a Twilight Zone episode. Every dog gets his day and you want to clap for this one. It is a great short story children will get and remember and maybe even make good choices because of it. A good example of the Golden Rule. The 5 year old I bought it for loved it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Beautiful art, November 30, -0001
By TracyLynn
I love the art. I bought it for a friend of mine who is 6. She loves the art as well.

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Four Stars, November 30, -0001
By Cynthia White
A gift for my niece and she loves this book.

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