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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Vittoria Facchini
Age Range: Under_5
A mother picks the first spring cherries to appear on the tree and gives five each to her two children. While one child is delighted the other asks “What am I going do with only 5 cherries.” But soon both siblings become enamoured with the cherries and invent all sorts of games and scenarios for them that include: making a healing medicine for sick patients; teaching the dog to be patient; creating a bouquet of flowers; medals for a general’s uniform or becoming a jester and dancing a jiggety-jester-jig as the cherries dangle like bells on a jester’s cap.
This is an unusual and quirky story from Italian author/illustrator Vittoria Facchini, translated by Anna Celada. She cleverly shows the contrast in the siblings’ personalities – one plans to eat them all at once while the other is happy to look at them because they are so pretty. Through her exuberant and expressive artwork it also encapsulates the limitless capacity of a child’s imagination.