When people ask for books on how to write a story, I often suggest they read Vera B. Williams’ enchanting Cherries and Cherry Pits. A young girl, Bidemmi, draws colorful pictures and “as she draws she tells the story of what she is drawing. She always starts with the word THIS. THIS is the door to the…” and she’s off and running. Each new story emerges from the last, each plump and joyous and delicious as the cherries that Bidemmi writes about. Grades K–3.