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That fruit is mine!
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When five fruit-loving elephants spot a scrumptious hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree, it's a race to see who can claim it first! But after one too many fumbles, the elephants begin to lose their cool, and the highly coveted fruit is whisked away by the teeny-tiniest of all jungle creatures--mice! The elephants soon realize they have a lot to learn from this cooperative little bunch.
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PreS-Gr 1-Teachers and librarians will appreciate this story because it emphasizes the importance of teamwork while making readers smile. The story shows how five fruit-loving elephants are bested in their attempts to obtain a delicious fruit by five mice. Each elephant acts independently (huffing, parachuting, and climbing respectively), triumphantly declaring "MINE!" when attempting (in vain) to obtain the treat. Meanwhile, on the other side of the tall tree trunk, the five mice are encouraging each other, working together, and declaring "OURS!" when they are successful. The four remaining elephants realize they've been bested by a superior idea and are soon able to enjoy the tasty snack once they decide to work together. This story will make a fun and easy read-aloud, as Allepuz has repeated certain key words (with exclamation marks) and has used a distinctly different font for the comments of the mice. Further, the illustrations amusingly convey the expressions and actions of the elephants while portraying a stylized jungle in which the unusual and unexpected can happen. VERDICT An engaging and humorous read aloud that conveys the importance of teamwork.-Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, CA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Five spherical elephants lounge in the jungle, munching on their favorite fruits. One goes for kiwis, another for pineapples, while the others are partial to coconuts, bananas, or mangoes. But one day, a tall magenta tree appears with enticing pear-shaped fruit high in its branches, and all the elephants want some. That fruit is mine! declares Elephant One, targeting it with a strong blast of air from her trunk. Unfortunately, it doesn't budge, permitting tiny Elephant Two to swoop in (MINE!) on a banana-leaf glider and then straight past the tree in question. Meanwhile, as the elephants try one by one to get their trunks on the fruit, five mice diligently scale the tree by working together. Fruit procured, they scamper over the pachyderm pile at the tree's base with a victorious cry of This fruit is OURS! The novel concept of ours ripples through the group, whose ensuing attempt at teamwork does, indeed, bear fruit. Colorful and comical, this easily digestible lesson in teamwork and sharing will make kids cackle.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2018 Booklist
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