The Sweetest Fig

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We have spent the week learning how to synthesize text until we reach understanding. This “Ahhhhhhh, I get it now!” moment occurs when we have taken all the explicit (in the text) information and all the implicit ideas (our inferences) and put them together.

Today, I want you to do this with the book we just read, The Sweetest Fig, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Answer the following:

What do you think really happened in the story and why? What lesson were we supposed to learn from it? Use evidence from the text and your own thinking to back up your answer.

Please feel free to question and argue any answer that fellow students post. It is up to them to provide enough evidence and arguments so that their answer can’t be disputed.

45 thoughts on “The Sweetest Fig

    chloe said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The Sweetest Fig

    A man that is mean to his dog bibot and doesn’t let bibot bark.

    I thought the man was mean but he is mean still mean.

    That he is a mean man and bibot ate his very last fig the man got very mad and chase bibot to the room then bibot wen’t under the bed.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Chloe, I want to know what the lesson is. What happened to the man at the end? If you answer that question, I think you will be on track. This is more a recount.

        chloe said:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

        ok im gonna do that

      Lewis said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

      What is the Lesson?

      Ethan.F said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Why isn’t the names of Bibot in a capital for the first letter to the name??? 😦

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

        Why didn’t you start with a capital in yours???

    Thomas said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    What I really think what happened in the book is the dog will walk Bibot to the park and humiliate him. I think this because in the text Bibot would always teach the dog a lesson because he would do something bad like go on the furniture and the dog wants to get revenge. I think the lesson of the book is dont expect things you wish you have. I think this because in the text Bibot would say in the mirror “Bibot is the ritchest man on earth”. Also in real life you dont go out and ask for things you want, you have to work for it.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Good thinking Thomas!

      Lewis said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Right!

      kendra said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

      awesome thinking 🙂

      Ethan.F said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

      🙂

      Ethan.F said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Really good! 🙂

      Andrew Herbage Farough said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

      😦

    Andrew Herbage Farough said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

    The Sweetest Fig
    In the story The Sweetest Fig there is a dentist who lets a lady in and she didn’t have any money to pay with so she gave him magic figs. The lesson that I think we are suppose to tell us not to be greedy because in the text Bibot was being greedy by trying to dream that he was the richest man in the world and that is greedy because he is trying to get rid of his dog and he already was pretty wealthy from the look of it because he said that he had a nice blue suit and he had a dog and those are expensive things.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

      So what might happen if we are too greedy? What happened to Bibot?

      willimnotok said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Yeah what did Happen to bibot Andrew ??????????

    Lewis said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The Sweetest Fig

    I think The Sweetest Fig is about about a man who is really strict with his dog and the dog does something with his fig then the man turns into a dog.

    At first I thought it was about a dog that turns into the dog but now I’m thinking its about when Bibot eats his fig and what ever he dreams about comes to life.

    I’m kind of similar to what I said before but I think its about when a dog is always mistreated then a woman gives Bibot a magic fig then the dog eats his fig then the dogs dream comes true.

    Oh! I get it now The Sweetest Fig is really about when Bibot is really mean to his dog, and then he gets a magic fig and when he eats it his dreams comes true but when the dog ate it the dogs dream came true and Bibot turned into a dog . I think the lesson here is what goes around comes around

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

      It’s Marcel’s time to get even, isn’t it?

        Lewis said:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

        yes, it is

    skyler said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think the Sweetest Fig is about karma because wen the dog turned in to Bibot Bibot turned in to the dog and the dog is going to get back

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Poor Bibot. He should’ve been nicer 🙂

      Thomas said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I think I have an idea of how Marcil is going to get revenge……

        kendra said:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

        to be continued……….lol

    kendra said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The sweetest fig

    What I think I was supposed to learn in the sweetest fig is that you should be careful what you say to people because something bad might happen. I say this because Bibot took the figs and pushed the lady out then when he ate one all his dreams came true and I think the dog wanted to get revenge on Bibot for a long time but couldn’t because Bibot would always teach him a lesson then when the dog ate it the dog would teach Bibot a lesson

    By: kendra

    willimnotok said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    The sweetest Fig

    I think the sweetest fig is about a guy who is rude to his dog.

    At first I though the sweetest fig was about a guy who was mean to his dog but now I think the sweetest Fig is about weird fruit that are sweet because when Bibolt eat one of the two that a old lady gave him the story-line said the fig that he ate was sweet.

    Ok my old thought was about some weird fruit but now am changing my thinking I think The Sweetest Fig is about a guy who really want to be rich and when he eats a fig and go to sleep buts it’s just a dream and now he making everybody else mad.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

      But what really happened to Bibot in the end????

        willimnotok said:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

        I think marce and bibolt body switche

    skyler said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    chloe
    is that all?

    Ethan.F said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    we are supposed to learn that magic is fake and you are not rich even though you think that you are rich. I think the dog, Marcel want to be Bibot and the doctor, Bibot didn’t want to be, Marcel
    but Marcel the dog ate the fig and wished to be Bibot and Marcel became Bibot and Bibot was confused because he was the dog and he wondered why was he on the floor,

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      That is exactly what happened, but what is the lesson to be learned? I don’t think it’s that magic is fake. Try again.

      donte said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      try again ethan

    skyler said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I think the Sweetest Fig is about korma because wen the dog turned in to Bibot Bibot turned in to the dog and the dog is going to get back

      donte said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

      But were’s your own ideas.

    donte said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I think the moral in the book the sweetest fig treat other the way you want to be treated. I think this because Bibot treated Marcel badly, so Marcel wants to get even with Bibot, wishing for them to switch places. Bibot treated people badly so Marcel want him to taste his own medicine.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Good use of evidence from the text to support your thinking!! 🙂

        donte said:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

        thanks

      Shaynah said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Well said Donte, well said.

    Shaynah said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

    THE SWEETEST FIG

    What I think really happened in the text is that
    Bibot was not treating Marcel (the dog) nicely.
    For one thing, the poor dog wasn’t even allowed
    To bark! And when Marcel ate the fig, Bibot said
    That he was going to punish Marcel in the
    Morning. Honestly, who would do that to a dog?!
    Oh yeah, Bibot would. But according to the
    Women that gave Bibot the fig, they make your
    Dreams come true. And not the kind of dreams
    That you say “It’s a dream come true!” like in
    Fairy tales. No, it’s literally just any dream. But
    In the end, Marcel got revenge. But I think that
    The moral of the story is that you should treat
    Every body equal. Don’t treat one person like
    They’re an angel and the other like they’re a dirt
    Sandwich. Be an equalizer. 

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I love how you said … the moral of the story is…. That is exactly what I wanted to know! 😀

    kyle said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I think The sweetest fig is a but if you have the to make yore dram stuff can go wrong

      donte said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

      where are the text details

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        September 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Where are the text details?

      Ethan.F said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

      What is the lesson for it man??? 😦 😦 😦

      Shaynah said:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

      I have no idea what you just said, Kyle.

    skyler said:
    September 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

    kyle is that all???????? is that all you got!!!!

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