A Blog of Children's Literature

Orange Pear Apple Bear January 26, 2011

Orange Pear Apple BearOrange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Orange Pear Apple Bear, by Emily Gravett (2007)

Picture Book, 28 pages

With its witty and yet simplistic narrative, Orange Pear Apple Bear addresses the basics and still finds a way to challenge what we know. Do pear bears or apple bears exist? With subtle nuances, such as commas and color changes, Gravett uses four words and beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations to change their meanings. Young ones will be surprised by the quick and quirky change of the story as a silly and playful bear tests what form “apple”, “orange”, “pear”, and “bear” can take. While the book has a plain white background that does not complicate the story, I would prefer to read this book with a smaller group to point out the delicate changes and play on words. This would be a definite recommendation for a parent, especially with a quizzical child full of humor and quick perception.


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