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Orange Pear Apple Bear Hardcover – May 22, 2007

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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
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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; 53317th edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416939997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416939993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I bought this book for my son last Easter, the pages are thick and the story is just adorable. The only bad thing was it arrived in horrible condition, beat up ends and one of the pages were ripped. When I called Amazon they wanted me to ship the book back and they would replace it, except the book wouldn't get back in time for me to give it to him on Easter. Very disappointed, he still likes it though. So I guess it wasn't a total loss.
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I bought this based on the positive reviews and was a little disappointed when we first got it. The illustrations are simple and beautiful, but I didn't think the "story" would hold my daughters attention. Well, I was wrong. She loves the bear and yells as soon as she sees him. We read the book at least once per day. So, I was wrong. The only thing I still don't like is that it is a heavy board book for little hands. She has a difficult time picking it up and bringing it to me when she wants to read it.
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very simple for a young child. 8 x 8 board book. clean pages simple pictures 4 words in different order with pictures that reinforce the words. i though apple bear quite the most amusing illustration in the set.
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Received this book as a gift for my kiddo and then bought three more to give as gifts. Great for all ages from young toddler to older toddler, for it's easy to "read," for them and very well done. Simply, simply cute!
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