- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626723516
- ISBN-13: 978-1626723511
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2— Two seeds explain the growth cycle of pear trees from seeds needing soil, water, and sun to trees bearing fruit two years later. The banter between the seeds and the pear puns are amusing as one seed repeatedly asks, "Are we pears yet?" The story, written all in dialogue, is staged as a play complete with costume changes. Paul successfully breaks down this complex science concept and turns it into a clever stage show. An encore explains how the author came up with the idea, five "peary" smart facts share interesting information, and the credits double as a bibliography. Berger's cut-paper collages set the stage and give the feel of a school play with text bubbles and stick scenery. VERDICT This whimsical story about plant science is a welcome informational picture book addition. Perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.— Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
About the Author
Miranda Paul has written everything from articles on gardening to poems about the life cycle of a butterfly. She lives a short drive from the shoreline in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, children, and two friendly cats who love taking baths. Are We Pears Yet? is her second book for Roaring Brook Press following the acclaimed Water Is Water.
Carin Berger is an award-winning author, designer and illustrator of many books for young readers. Her book the The Little Yellow Leaf was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books selection. She is also the illustrator of Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, both by Jack Prelutsky. Are We Pears Yet? is her first book for Roaring Brook Press. She lives with her family in New York City.
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Repetitive text, simple sentence structures, and easy-to-read font make it a great choice for newer readers. It’s also fun to read aloud.
Two pear seeds are excited that they will become pears. They love pears. One seed keeps eagerly asking the other, “Are we pears yet?” The other seed seems to know much more about the whole process so explains patiently each time what has to occur first. Soil, rain, sun, cold, a long 2-year nap … 🙂 Then they have to grow into trees, which takes another year! The impatient seeds are getting tired of waiting.
The illustrations cleverly created by Carin Berger present the story in a stage setting. Each scene shows props, stage hands, scene changes .. whatever is required to make the story move along. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.
Eventually – after another two years! – the seeds get to where a final event is about to happen, but the reader’s view is of the two main characters hidden behind a sign that reads: COSTUME CHANGE. When they come out, well … it’s just been such a long wait that it takes some realizing.
Are We Pears Yet? written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Carin Berger is for everyone to enjoy. It’s fun, entertaining, informative, and quite different, with a chuckle at the very end, too.
Cons: I find myself vacillating on whether I like the illustrations or not.
Pros: This book, though informative is very simplified and easy for children to understand. The illustrations are extremely creative and the text should be good for the early reader since most of it is in the form of speech balloons with very few words.
My kids and I appreciated the humor and interactions between the "stars of the show" as well as the great information about the lifecycle of a pear. The illustrations are unique and interesting.