Orange Pear Apple Bear

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Friendly, clever play on five simple words.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this simple book contains only five inoffensive words moved around in clever ways.

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What's the story?

One bear, three pieces of fruit, and the all-important comma get shuffled about each page to create new meanings.

Is it any good?

It's hard to imagine that a book using only five words -- four of which are in the title -- could be so inviting. But as the author plays with words, phrasing, and illustrations, you'll be drawn in.

Unless eating fruit can be called a plot, you won't find one here. It's the softly brushed watercolor illustrations that really stand out. The bear is suitably comfy and kind; the fruit looks ripe from the fruit bowl at a friendly grocery. Lots of white space adds a soothing quality to the wordplay, making it a good choice for settling-down times.

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  • Families can talk about how these words are the same but somehow change meanings. How do the pictures help show the different meanings? How do the pauses from the storyteller change the meaning? What other books do you like that play with words?

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