Cherries and Cherry Pits

by Vera B. Williams

Paperback, 1991



Local notes

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Greenwillow Books (1991), 40 pages. Purchased in 2017. $3.95.


Bidemmi draws pictures and tells stories about cherries.

Original language


Physical description

40 p.; 9 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member conuly
Let me say, before we start out, that this is a wordy book. It's definitely more suited for the older end of the 4-8 crowd.

This is a story of a young artist. She draws three pictures of three people, and tells the stories of how they eat cherries on three occasions.

Then she finally tells her own
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story, and her own plan, about how she intends to save the pits from her own cherries and plant them, until there is a "forest of cherry trees" she can share with the whole world.

Simple, strong story. The young nieces sit for it, and I love it too.
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LibraryThing member vsnod
This story is about a girl, Bidemmi, who draws stories about people who are connected by one simple cherry tree. This tree was planted and grown by her. I really enjoyed the book and its illustrations, because it methodically displays Bidemmi's interactions with her community. This effectively
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shows how one small girl can have such an effect on her community. It gives power to students, because they an know that they hold the power to make an impact on the people who matter most.
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LibraryThing member Bwestpha
One cherry pit begins a story of a little girl connecting people in her community back to that one cherry pit. She draws stories as to how they are all connected. She draws together how her community is effected by one little cherry pit.
LibraryThing member MaryEttaJ
This is about a little girl name Bidemmi who loves cherries. The paintings she drew in the book were very colorful and with details. Nobody could not figure out why she would be drawing about cherries. She was actually connecting people she knew to the one little cherries.
LibraryThing member MadeleinePemberton
Cherries and Cherry Pits is about a little girl who tells stories to her friends by drawing them pictures and talking. All of the stories within the book Cherries and Cherry Pits involve cherries and people in the main characters neighborhood. I like this book because of its unique illustrations
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and the way it weaves multiple stories into one because the main character is a story teller. This book is appropriate for grades PreK-4 and would be perfect in a unit where the theme was learning to write and/or illustrate your own stories or in a unit focused on multicultural literature.
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LibraryThing member emilyann93
This book is about a young African american girl who loves to share her art, colors, stories, and even cherries with the whole world. The young girl comes up with make believe stories, and each story the cherry is somehow related to it. All of her stories start with the word This. She draws
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pictures to go away with her stories.
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LibraryThing member Elizabeth.Robinson
In the book Cherries and Cherry Pits is about as little girl who loves to draw and make up stories with them. She always starts the picture with the word "THIS". This book is culturally divers.
LibraryThing member pussreboots
Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams is another of picture books included in my daughter's text book. She likes to check out the original books to see the illustrations, as the text book only includes a few of them.

The narrator of the book lives in an apartment with Bidemmi, a girl who
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loves to draw. The narrator brings her different colors to see what she will do with them. Bidemmi as she draws always tells a story to go with what she's creating.

Cherries and Cherry Pits is Bidemmi's story about eating cherries on the subway and saving the best pits to plant. Her plant grows into a proper tree and soon she can share fresh cherries with all the people in the apartment building and surrounding neighborhood block.

There's an element of magical realism to the story too. Although everything is told as Bidemmi draws it, when her story ends, there's a picture of what appears to be her story come to fruition. Whether her story is autobiography or whether the cherry tree has grown through the magic of story telling, though, is left to the reader's imagination.
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