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Fruit of the Vine Paperback – October 20, 2010
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My Thoughts On Fruit Of The Vine
Fruit of the Vine is a heart warming story designed for 8-12 year-olds that has a powerful message of teaching us to love ourselves. Throughout the book Justin encounters a lot of "misfits" and unusual characters that teach him that he needs to love himself before others can. He also learns that he just needs to be himself to make friends.
I don't remember there being a ton of bullies in school when I was growing up but I can attest that there are plenty of them within schools now. Perhaps they were around more and I just didn't notice but as awareness has grown on bullying nationwide so has my own awareness. Perhaps it's also that I now have a child in school and I worry daily that he will be bullied or teased. It seems that children are getting crueler earlier in life and pre-school just doesn't seem that far off for kids to be cruel anymore.
Fruit of the Vine is way above Coulter's head at this point but a couple years away and he will be able to understand more of the concepts contained within Fruit of the Vine. I can't wait to go through Fruit of the Vine with my boys as they grow up. I am not completely into fantasy novels but the way that Fruit of the Vine is written it seems more imaginary to me. It reminder me more of Phantom of theTollbooth which I loved as a child! I know they are probably considered the same genre but in my mind I am going to keep them separate and classify Fruit of the Vine as "imaginary" and look forward to sharing Fruit of the Vine with my boys.
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**Thank you to Newman's Publication for sending me a copy of Fruit Of The Vine by Ellen Weisberg & Ken Yoffe to facilitate this review. This did not influence my review or was it mandatory to provide a positive review.**
Feedback from libraries and schools for Fruit of the Vine:
Good morning, Ellen. I received a copy of your book this morning and just finished reading it. What a pleasant, heart-warming contribution you have made to our school library. We will treasure it and want you to know how much we appreciate it and value your book. Thank you for such a quick response. -Principal, California school
Thank you very much. I read Fruit of the Vine this morning and think it would be a valuable addition to school libraries. Not only does is encourage students to empathize with the "target" but it is also very entertaining. Thank you for sharing it with us. -Information Network for Ohio Schools
I enjoyed reading your book with my first cup of coffee this morning! Your website is really nice -forgot to mention that! ... Your creative story is very interesting and I see a place for it. -Director, South Carolina Bullying Prevention Program
What a WONDERFUL story, SpringHill Elementary School would love to have a copy.-Librarian, Kansas school
Thank you very much gor your generous offer. I have reviewed your story and really enjoyed how it has portrayed a critical issue faced by our society, families and children and would welcome a copy or two for our parent library center. ... Please continue your important work regarding how we as parents, students and society in general endeavor to mitigate the harmful effects of this bullying epidemic. Good luck!-Co-Director, NYC parent center
If at all possible, I have previewed your book and it is an excellent resource. We would like to request as many complimentary copies as you can spare. We would love to use these with our families and bullying is a very difficult topic that many of our families deal with everyday. Thank You. -Parent center, Alabama
Just writing to let you know that I received the book Fruit of the Vine. I sat down and read it, and it was great. Thank you so much for sharing you and your husbands writing with us. -Librarian, West Virginia public library
I was recently forwarded the review of your book "Fruit of the Vine" by my Superintendent and after reading this I feel that this book would be a great asset to our Library. - Librarian, Missouri school library
I just read "Fruit of the Vine" online and would love a copy for our school library. We try to have a good selection of books on bullying, and I think that your "Fruit of the Vine" would be a great addition. I think it may reach some students who have not identified with some of the other books. -Librarian, Massachusettsschool library
I have received your book, Fruit of the Vine. This is a great tale to read to children. I feel this will be an asset to our library. -Librarian, California public library
Just wanted you to know that the book has arrived!! It is very good. Thank you so much for giving us the copy for our school. I know its subject matter will help all of our students. -Librarian, Alabama school library
We are an inner-city school, grades 1-8th and frequently run across the issue of bullying. We would be very appreciative to receive a donation of this book. If you could send us agift copy, that would be so wonderful. Thank you for writing and sharing such a neat book. -Director of Counseling, Missouri school
It would be a privilege to add your book Fruit of the Vine to our collection. ... Thank you for your generous donation and spirit of good will! It is an inspiration. -Librarian, Missouri school library
Thanks for offering schools your new book on bullying. Although I already have some bullying books, most of them 'miss the mark' somehow. I'd love to have a copy of your book in the Glenwood School Library. - Librarian, California school library
I wanted to let you know the bookwas received today. Thank you so much for the book. It will be a great addition to our inventory -Librarian, Iowa school library
I was sent an informative e-mail about "Fruit of the Vine". After visiting the site, and downloading a copy of the book, I was hopeful to obtain a printed copy for our School Library.-Librarian, Californiaschool library
Bullying is a critical topic at our parent center as we receive many calls from parents whose children with disabilities are subject to bullying incidents at their schools. So, we would be very appreciative if we could get the complimentary copies of your children's book "Fruit of the Vine" which you have offered to us. You can send them to the address below. Thank you so much for writing and distributing such a timely and worthwhile book. -Parent center, Illinois
I received this book in the mail this morning. It looks like it will be a great book for our "bully-proofing" program that our staff is so concerned with. Thanks again. -Librarian, California school library
We've had a chance to look over the online version of Fruit of the Vine, and we would like a copy of it for our building. Thank you for this opportunity! We look forward to receiving it! -Counselor, Kansas school
Thank you so much for your copy of the book "Fruit of theVine". We received our copy yesterday. Sandia wants to thank you for providing a book on a subject that is so pertinent at this time. We appreciate the complimentary copy. -Librarian, California school library
Thank you for sending a copy of Fruit of the Vine. I enjoyed reading the book and hope many others will too! -Minnesota public library
Thank you for your kind offer of a copy of your book, Fruit of the Vine. I would be pleased to accept a copy on behalf of the Lake Forest High School Library.Your book touches on a very contemporary and controversial issue, and may be useful for many levels of students. Could you please sign the copy? -Librarian, Delaware school
My superintendent just forwarded my your email about a free copy of Fruit of the Vine for our school library. I downloaded a copy and feel it would be a great title for inclusion in our elementary library. Our focus on bullying has intensified this year and we appreciate your offering a title for our collection. -Librarian, Wyoming school library
On behalf of Innovations Academy, I want to thank you for the donation of your book, "Fruit of the Vine."IA is a K through 8th Grade Charter School that incorporates "compassionate communication" into our curriculum. Your book fits in beautifully with our mission. - Program Manager, California school
We would LOVE to have a copy of this book for our school library!! We will be able to utilize this book to enforce our character pillars that we enforce on a dailybasis!!! Thank you so much for your generous donation!! -Librarian, Iowa school library
I received an email that stated you are providing free copies to elementary schools of the book Fruit of theVine about anti-bullying. We do not have this title in our collection and would appreciate having a copy. It fits well in ourcurriculum and supports the efforts of our building climate committee.Their objective is to stop bullying behavior and build a positive community.-Librarian, Iowa school library
This small town middle school has its share of bullying although many who bully don't recognize that they are. We frequently hear "I was just kidding" or "He knows I'm kidding." The bullied also often show bully-behavior, instead of compassion, to those below them on the food chain. Few of our students would consider themselves bullies! Thank you for your attempt to bring the issue to light in the way of entertaining reading. -Librarian, Missouri school library
I have been informed of you efforts to put Fruit of the Vine in the hands of elementary school children in Iowa. After previewing the ebook, I would like very much to add Fruit of the Vine to our collection as a gift copy. Thank you in advance for this very interesting book. -Librarian, Iowa school library
I just received an e-mail from my principal about the opportunity to receive a free copy of your book, Fruit of the Vine. I've previewed the e-book and would like to receive a copy for our school library.-Librarian, Kansas school library
Thank you for sending Fruit of the Vine so quickly. We received the book and it is very nice. -Librarian, Iowa school
Thank you they came last week, I have other people in districts reviewing thebook, they love it!!!! If you can send the additional 400 that would be great.Thank you so much for the books, they will be a great asset. -ExecutiveDirector, S.P.E.A.K.S Education, Michigan
Thank you so much. They were a real hit at our last conference! Director, parent center, Illinois
Reviewed on 03/17/2016
Fruit of the Vine by Ellen Weisberg tells the story of Justin. Justin is a quiet, shy boy who is frequently targeted by his peers because of his looks and his sensitive personality. One night he wakes up to find himself not at home in his bed where he should be. Justin appears to be on an island full of strange creatures and, despite desperately trying to get back home, he gets involved in helping Irvino. You see, Irvino is in the same situation that Justin is in,picked on and ostracized. Justin feels drawn to him, kindred spirits in very different worlds. By helping Irvino, Justin helps himself to recognise what true friendship is and to see that being different is never a bad thing.
Fruit of the Vine by Ellen Weisberg is an amazing story. The subject of bullying is a highly emotive one these days; we live in a cruel world and it seems that children can be far more brutal than adults. Ellen tells us how one young boy changes from being a shy introvert to a more outgoing person through a dream. The book is exceedingly well written and easy to understand. I feel that it shouldn't just be for children. This is a book that should be read by parents,children, and teachers alike. The illustrations add a great deal to this story and they tell their own story as well. I truly believe that there should be more books like this and that they should be made compulsory reading.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Parenting Pointers: Fruit of the Vine
I recently had a chance to read Fruit of the Vine by Ellen Weisberg and Ken Yoffe. This book, aimed for kids 8-12, is a very short, quick read about a boy who is the victim of bullying - and has a surprising twist at the end about what he does when he has a chance to be in power over someone else. I read it with my 5-year-old, who quickly grasped the key points of altruism and friendship in the face of bullying.
Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
From the Author
Here is what Carol Croteau of Bully Free NH had to say:
"Far too many children try to extricate themselves from a bullying situation with no success. Once they turn to adults for help it is because they have done everything the adults are apt to offer as suggestions. The norm is not the children that can get themselves out of the situation. It is the children that cannot.There is new research that states that middle school and high school targets would prefer their peers to help them rather than adults: youthvoiceproject.com.Stan Davis, such a hero in bully awareness, is one of the researchers in this...What I like about your book is I see it as more of a talking point of bystander intervention rather than bully awareness for parents. The message to kids is that they can make a difference. Of course the adults at school and at home need to support the idea of bystander involvement as not all students feel safe to intervene."
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to parents, children and teachers, as well as lovers of the art of illustrating a child's illusions of life. The drawings were amazing in how they revealed aspects of a day in a kid's world. My favorite was one of a school bus where various views of mocking grins peered out from the bus windows at the figure of the unappreciated little loner. There is as much wisdom in the pictures as in the story.
A very imaginative and sensitive treatment of a difficult subject. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to help your children understand why people need to feel like they "fit in" and how to get through the difficult times that most people face at some point in their lives.