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Orange Pear Apple Bear Hardcover – May 22, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416939997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416939993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—A plump brown bear adds a humorous touch to this charming book about shapes, colors, and sequence. Five words, four of which appear in the title, make up the entire text. The cuddly-looking bear changes color and shape as he balances, juggles, and eventually eats the three pieces of fruit before loping off. The front endpapers show oranges, green pears, and green apples with rosy tinges in a line leading readers into the simple and appealing story. The endpapers at the close reveal the telltale remains: an orange peel and the apple and pear cores. Beautiful, softly hued watercolor illustrations loosely outlined in black pen and ink are delightful. Children and adults alike will relish this delectable book.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Choose five words; paint pictures for words; mix with charm; create original and imaginative book. Voilà—a picture book that exemplifies simplicity at its most creative and entertaining. The four words of the title, combined in various ways, form a visual tale as a bear juggles, interacts with, and ultimately eats an orange, pear, and apple. Stark white backgrounds set off Gravett's loosely brushed watercolor pictures of animal and fruit, which play off of the staccato words to demonstrate how punctuation and intonation can dramatically alter meanings: Apple, Pear goes with an image of stacked fruit, while Orange Bear shows the animal puzzling over his citrus-hued fur. Though the book's design appears artless, it is quite the opposite, skillfully juxtaposing page layouts to maximize the humor of the wordplay. Ideal for prereaders and helpful to those ready to write stories of their own, this will make children laugh and learn as they follow the bear's antics and chant the rhymed sequences of words. Cummins, Julie

More About the Author

Emily Gravett is the author and illustrator of Spells, The Odd Egg, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Monkey and Me and Meerkat Mail. Her first book, Wolves, was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration. Her second book, Orange Pear Apple Bear, a Quills Award finalist and on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, their daughter, and the family dog.

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Beautiful watercolor illustrations, fun story, simple patterns.
Melissa Christianson
He is 3 now, and pretends to read the book to his little sister, who is 6 months old.
MamaSteph
We got it at our public library and my stepson loved it so much, we had to buy it.
Stephanie L. Gabriel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Emily Gravett, Orange Pear Apple Bear (Simon and Schuster, 2005)

I love Emily Gravett. Wolves is one of the best children's books I've ever come across, and so when I found out Orange Pear Apple Bear was getting an American release, I immediately signed on. This one's almost as fun, though not nearly as dark; not surprisingly, it's all about an orange, a pear, an apple, and a bear. The drawings are brash and fun, and the preschool set should love them. Adults probably won't be as amused by it as by Wolves, but get used to it, 'cause your three-year-old will get a real kick out of it. And deservedly so, 'cause it's a lot of fun. ****
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Christianson on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have for every library. Beautiful watercolor illustrations, fun story, simple patterns. Adored by my 10 month old and her 5 yr old sis.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Sutherland on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While browsing B&N I came across this book and was instantly smitten by the adorable quizzical look on the bear's face on the cover. With only five simple words this book is surprisingly engaging, endearing, and humorous. This book is an excellent reminder of the pure innocence and preciousness of childhood and the opportunity afforded by motherhood to see that which passes by the window of time and is forgotten all too quickly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dm on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an children's book author/illustrator and have looked at many picture books on my own and with my son. This is one of the few that stands out. Though exceedingly simple, this book is very rich. It is a primer on shape, color, language, and perhaps, mostly, on imagination. There is a lot to engage and to tickle young children. I wish I had done it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mke Mom on December 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The pictures and idea are cute, however the entire book only consists of four words. My five year old wasn't interested in reading it more than once. It is a good book to read once from the library; I certainly wouldn't spend $10 on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 12, 2010
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This is a cute book with a total of five words (orange, pear, apple, bear, there) in the whole thing.

It starts off just labeling objects, but then turns a bit surreal "Apple, pear, orange bear. Orange, pear, apple bear. Orange, apple, pear bear" and finally caves to the bear's appetite.

It's cute, it's sweet, little kids like it, and it's very short for those short attention spans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie L. Gabriel on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My Stepson is just starting to learn to read and this is the first book he was able to read by himself after I read the title to him a couple of times- All but one word in the book is in the title. The illustrations are beautiful and totally helped him figure out each word on the page. It's a sweet,, funny, fun books for little ones. We got it at our public library and my stepson loved it so much, we had to buy it. He even asked his teacher if he could read it to his class! This is a kid who is quite shy- but this book inspired him and his desire to learn to read. Wonderful. Emily Gravett's other books are also delightful. Check out MOnkey and Me for amazing illustrations an sweet easy story.
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By Sarah Knebel on June 25, 2014
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Love this book! It was in great condition even though I purchased a "fair condition" and used. I would definitely buy from this alert again.
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