Cover image for Orange pear apple bear
Title:
Orange pear apple bear

A classic board book

Classic board book.
Title:
Orange pear apple bear
Personal Author:
Publisher Info:
London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2011, c2006.
Physical Description:
1 volumes : color illustrations ; 16 cm.
Series:
A classic board book

Classic board book.
General Note:
On board pages.

"First published in Great Britain in 2006 by Macmillan Children's Books.." - p.[4] of cover.

"A classic board book. Classic books for little hands." - p.[4] of cover.
Abstract:
Explores concepts of color, shape, and food using only five simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.

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Summary

Summary

Destined to become a contemporary classic, this book has spare text and sweet illustrations but contains only five words: apple , pear , orange , bear --and there . Emily Gravett creates clever variations on this theme by rearranging the words--on one spread, a brown bear juggles an orange, apple, and pear; on another spread, there is an orange-colored apple and a pear-shaped bear. Simple and compelling, children will enjoy reading this book over and over again as they learn many different concepts.


Author Notes

Emily Gravett is the author and illustrator of Matilda's Cat , Again! , Wolf Won't Bite! , Blue Chameleon , The Odd Egg , The Rabbit Problem , Dogs , Spells , Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Little Mouse's Big Book of Beasts , Monkey and Me, Meerkat Mail, Tidy, and Old Hat . 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 , was a Quills Award finalist, 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. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Gravett, who won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Wolves, has another winner here. Using just the four words in the title in various combinations (plus a fifth word for a punchline), she ingeniously chronicles a big friendly bear's encounter with some fresh produce. Some of the vignettes are semi-reality based: the bear juggles the fruit ("Apple, bear, orange, pear") and balances all three pieces on his nose ("Orange, pear, apple, bear"). But other spreads are thoroughly fanciful: in one, Gravett tints the pear bright orange, and renders the dubious-looking bear in the green and blush hues of a Granny Smith apple ("Orange pear/ Apple bear"). The ursine hero later makes a quick meal of each fruit ("Pear, bear") and trots off into the sunset to the sound of the satisfactory punchline: "There!" Gravett sets her simple, almost iconic watercolor images against crisp white backgrounds. The fruit looks good enough to eat, and the bear, who clearly relishes his moment in the spotlight, is a winning performer. Ages 1-4. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

"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" Copyright 2007 Booklist