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"This story has charm and a natural, childlike quality which will endear it to the six- and seven-year-olds who are beginning to read by themselves."--The New York Herald Tribune

About the Author

ELEANOR FRANCES LATTIMORE (1904-1986) was an American citizen born and raised in Shanghai. She began her career as an artist, but became known as the author and illustrator of more than fifty popular children's books. A number of her stories are based on her experiences growing up in China.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Odyssey Classics (Odyssey Classics)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1-Simul edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152055029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152055028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ooojen on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read many, many books, including the Little Pear books, to both our girls when they were little. Little Pear is an endearing (and enduring) character, and the stories are sweet and uncomplicated. Despite his being from another time and another place, small children can easily identify with the title character, his feelings, and his adventures.

I found out today what a big impression Little Pear made on our older daughter. She is on her way back from a college semester abroad, and an unexpected flight delay is keeping her in Beijing for two days. She called me this morning, excited about all the sights she'd seen, but as much as anything else she's excited about having bought "tang-hulurs" from a street vendor ("Just like Little Pear!"). They're some sort of sweets on a stick, mentioned in the books-- a special treat enjoyed by the title character and his friends. I think it's pretty cool that among all the stories we read, that particular image from my daughter's childhood is not only still remembered, but remembered with such warm enthusiasm. In my opinion, that's as good as it gets!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
A wonderfully universal story of a 5-year old chinese boy interested in 5-year-old adventures.

Lattimore has a simple style that appeals to the young mind. It's not too scary and not too silly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allison Lebaron on January 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
We are homeschooling this year and this book was part of our curriculum from Sonlight.com (which we love!) - and boy are we happy!!! We all loved the little stories about the mischievous but darling boy Little Pear. We are definitely buying the sequel to read because we can't get enough. My children are ages 7 and 9 but I think this book would be fun for ages much younger (4 and up) and even a few years old. It's a wonderful insight into a typical rural Chinese childhood circa early 1900s.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Little Pear was always in mischief. He was also a kind boy. The pictures are exciting and Little Pear only had a little pony tail. On Chinese New Year, Little Pear's father bought some kites and gave to him and his youngest sister. She had a butterfly kite and Little Pear had a goldfish kite. Her sister flew her kite so high that she lost it and Little Pear almost lost his as well.So he and his sister played with little pear's kite. When they went home it was supper time of fried cornmeal, bean sprouts and hot tea. After that they got ready to sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J'ette on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was assigned as a read-a-loud for the Sonlight curriculum that we are using. I have an 8 year old boy (who loves most stories) and a 6 year old girl who hasn't quite gotten into chapter books yet. I would not call this a chapter book, it is more of an assortment of short stories about the same curious little boy. There was no plot, no character development etc. My son really liked it, my daughter not so much. The stories are cute- but not great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Marsh on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I remember reading the Little Pear books when I was a child. These stories along with the "My Book House" set by Olive Beaupre Miller made up a great foundation of my childhood reading. Little Pear and his adventures are still fresh in my mind after 35 years, and I can't wait to share them with my own kids.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonmouse on September 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I cannot say what it was about this book that captured my children's attention, but they really liked this book. It was a bit old-fashioned, and it gave a good glimpse into a child's daily life in China long ago. My children were in kindergarten and first grade when I read this to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindred Spirit on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have both "Little Pear" and "Little Pear and His Friends." Little Pear is really naughty, but it's so funny to read what kind of mischief he will get into next. Good read for I'd say 5 years old and up.
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