Orange Pear Apple Bear
By Dawn Friedman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Friendly, clever play on five simple words.
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
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?
- Author: Emily Gravett
- Illustrator: Emily Gravett
- Genre: Picture Book
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication date: May 22, 2007
- Number of pages: 32
- Last updated: March 18, 2019
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