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Orange Pear Apple Bear

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,474 ratings  ·  422 reviews
In only five words -- four of which are in the title -- Kate Greenaway Medalist Emily Gravett presents a delightful picture book that is "simple and stunning" (The Guardian), and "daring, original, and a joy" (Sunday Times, London). ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 3rd 2006)
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Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Yay! Finally an Emily Gravett book that I really like. (Thanks to my friends who encouraged me to read this one!) This one is so cute! The story is made up of four words (orange, pear, apple, bear) arranged in different ways to convey different meanings--the illustrations help a lot with conveying the meanings, too. Together, they create a fun and charming story that will especially appeal to those of us who enjoy the complexities of sentence structure and language and how punctuation and sequen ...more
Betsie Johnson
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is a concept book, and the publisher suggested it for ages 1-4. I think that the age range should be higher, because it attempts to involve the concept of dual meanings and grammatical syntax.. Gravett only uses 5 words throughout the book, and uses the illustrations to convey the meaning. The first few pages show an orange, a pear, an apple, and a bear. The next page shows an apple and a pear, and the next page shows an orange bear, followed by an orange pear. Thus, the differe
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for Creative Picture-Books for the Younger Set
The perfect picture-book selection for toddlers, Emily Gravett's Orange Pear Apple Bear takes four words (the ones in the title), some adorable illustrations, and an innovative approach to storytelling, and delivers a book that is both informative and entertaining. Without ever seeming to teach, the narrative demonstrates how meaning can change, simply by switching around the order of the words, and the punctuation used to separate them. Thus "Orange Bear" gives us an orange bear, but "Orange, B ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Only five words are used throughout this book, and what's fun is to see that the meanings change depending on how the words are arranged. I imagine children will enjoy seeing the silly way the meanings change, and it's a good way to introduce them to words and word order. The illustrations are fun and cute and overall I would recommend this title. ...more
Ingenious word juggling with equally brilliant illustrations:

Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Fun. Whimsical. Charming. Cute. Educational. Five (other) words in the book and inventive and intriguing pictures. This is a terrific book for very young children, although, for the very young especially, the adult reading it could enhance the experience of the book by explaining some of the combinations of shapes and colors that match the pictures to the words.
Sarah Gerard
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations and very clever how Gravett only uses five words, but changes the meanings of these words depending on the way they are rearranged. Would easily appeal to young children and would help them to visually understand the difference between the objects i.e. apples and pears.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful little board book that wee ones will "read" to you just by naming the picture on the page. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful book about playing around with four words, ORANGE PEAR APPLE BEAR, to make new scenarios!
Katie Mote
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this book there are only five words, it's simple and very effective. It's accessible for early readers but also for more confident readers as they can see how they change meaning depending on the order of the words. The use of punctuation also changes the meaning and this would be a good opportunity to talk to children about the importance of punctuation. The illustrations are lovely and compliment the text well ...more
Miya Win
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett, is a lovely water-colour picture book about a bear and fruits, and how he plays with them, compares himself to them to finally decide to eat all of them

The story (mostly pictural) is based on only four words Orange, Pear, Apple and Bear, and is yet very sweet, amusing, eye- capturing and easy to read and understand.
This book provides good reading material for young children or children in Key Stage 1 or Foundation level Stages of their education, as it i
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This a a lovely book using only 5 words throughout the whole story. The story uses just 4 words organised in different ways to give different meanings until the last page where the last word is used. This story could be read to very young children as well as being used with slightly older children to show how words can give different meanings when used differently. This would be an enjoyable book to read with children and the illustrations are beautiful.
Christine Biles
Everyone can remember a time when grammar has failed them. The results are usually quite amusing, whether someone likes cooking their family and their cat rather then cooking, their family and their cat or whether a driver is being made aware of slow children crossing, rather then being told to drive slow because children are crossing. Grammar is hard but teaching grammar shouldn't be. Orange Pear Apple Bear it a fantastic book to use to show children the importance of a comma. It shows clearly ...more
Catherine McDonald
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
This is such a beautiful book about a bear and fruit! Only four words go into this whimsical story but it is the illustrations that capture the children’s attentions. The illustrations are loose watercolours that suit the quirky nature of this book perfectly. Children laugh with joy at the simplicity of it and I would recommend it for anyone who loves beautiful books. It is a great book to use in the Foundation Stage or possibly in Key Stage one for those j
The Library Lady
Here's an example of the sort of book that the Caldecott types would miss--but no parent of a small child should.

This is a deceptively simple book. As my all-knowing :) assistant points out, there are more words in the jacket flap description than there are in the text!

And there ARE only 5 words in the text--the first 4 are in the title. But what amazing things can be done with just those 5 little words, arranged in different combinations! The illustrations are just right too--not perfectly colo
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Emily Gravett
Publisher and Year:
Simon and Schuster, 2007
Genre: Educational; fiction
Ages: 1 - 4

Synopsis: A book with little plot, Orange Pear Apple Bear consists of those four words in different combinations, with illustrations to match. The only real character in this book is the Bear, and the illustrations show the interactions the different items have with each other when they are written in different orders and combinations.

Reaction?: I LOVED the illustrati
Holly Crepps
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was amazing how Gravett took 4 simple words and developed them into a number of different concepts. The objects were initially introduced separately, but each new page mixed up the words to create a number of different colored fruits and a bear. This book demonstrated the power of a few simple words, and how simply, by mixing them up, you can create a number of different ideas. I have read this book aloud to children at my daycare, and they loved it. It goes along well with ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Children's Book

Author Emily Gravett has won several awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Macmillan Prize, and the Nestle Children's Book Prize Bronze Award.

A G/R friend's review of this charming, inventive book, using only the four words in the title, plus one more word, sent me off to the library.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don't have children to read it to. It's so clever and fun. This book would, I think, encourage children's minds to think outside the bo
Charlotte Needham
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Orange Pear Apple Bear is a book that uses four different words throughout the story and rearranges them in a different order to give a slightly different meaning to each part of the story.
I think this story would be good for younger children as it repeats the words quite often and uses them in different contexts, for example an orange bear aswel as showing the orange fruit. The book also uses rhyming words and is a nice easy introduction to rhyming for younger children.
Patricia Sampson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's just something extra special and sweet about this book. Everyone in my household loves it and we cuddle on the sofa often to enjoy it together. I adore when I hear my girls reading it together by themselves. My four year old reads it to her two year old sister who loves to yell "bear!" at the appropriate spots. This book has given my little family lots of special moments together that I'm sure I'll cherish as memories when my girls are older. ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie, Oliver
Shelves: picture-books
I saw this in a bookstore and picked it up because, yes, I sometimes do judge a book by its cover. What a wonderful book! In just five words and lovely, lively pictures, Emily Gravett captures the reader's attention as orange, pear, apple and bear are imaginatively recombined and rearranged. There! ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite picture books of all time and I use it often. The text only contains 5 words total, but the genius part about this book is how they are arranged in linguistically satisfying ways to round out the book.

Watercolor artwork showcases the playful combinations of words. Overall, a great read aloud for PreK-2.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I am so amused by this book. No storyline, one only character and three fruits. But it is so cute!
PSHE: it is very helpful to improve EY children to improve their ability to distinguish similar and different language sounds, especially tone, tempo and beat, and to get aware of alliteration, ryhme and rhythm.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Using five words in the entire book but mixing them up in creative ways along with luscious illustrations, this picture book centers around a very large bear who juggles various fruits and then eventually eats them. The colors and shapes are intriguing even after multiple readings.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
3.5 stars feels better. Only five words are used in the entire book, such a clever way to put a book together. There is no real story only a different combination of each of the words. Bear is adorable, that's for sure! ...more
Kate Puleo Unger
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for early readers as the words match perfectly to the pictures, and there are really only 4 words in the whole book. I read it tonight with my 4 1/2 year old. A great confidence builder. And a very cute book.
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
5 words. That's all. And wonderful.

Plus, great for teaching context.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
We liked this one a lot. The art was great and I look loved the clever word use.
Cute twist on 4 simple words
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very simple text made complex by various comma placements. Punctuation marks are amazing!
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more

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