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The Bear Who Shared

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Norris the bear has been waiting patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree. But Tulip the raccoon and Violet the mouse have too . . . although maybe not so patiently. In fact, Tulip and Violet sniff, listen to, and even hug the fruit. Norris catches the fruit when it finally falls, and because he is a wise bear, he shares it and makes two new friends.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Dial Books (first published March 1st 2010)
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
An adorable book about the value of patience and sharing. Aww.
I suppose this could be a little didactic, but it works. Its simplicity in text and illustration is endearing and sweet. And just to make sure I was right, I looked up "plorringe." (It IS a made-up fruit.) I think this is worth including in one of my preschool storytimes, because it can't hurt to throw in a "be nice" lesson among the scads of my silly choices. :-)

5/7/14: I was worried that the Manners theme would be too didactic, so this book actually turned out to be NOT didactic compared to th
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are an awful lot of silly books, ironic stories, 'meta' wannabees, and other exciting choices out there. But sometimes a reader just wants a simple quiet fable with gorgeous art. Rayner shows she's a master at the latter, just like she showed she can successfully do exciting with Solomon Crocodile. Definitely one of my new-to-me favorite authors.
Norris is a very wise bear who loves plorringes. He waits patiently while the plorringe ripens...but Violet and Tulip also love plorringes. And they don't wait...they examine and sniff the plorringe. Who will get the plorringe? Will patience pay off?

Could be used to discuss character traits of patience, wisdom, kindness and sharing.
OneCity OneLibrary
Great book to help introduce K-1 to the concept of the library. Sharing is caring! Why do we keep our books in good condition? Because we share them! And sharing books helps us make friends! KO
The Library Lady
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Prettier than the Berenstain Bears, bur nearly as preachy.
Storytime Chrissy
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bears
Norris is a wise bear that loves plorringes. He waits patiently beneath the plorringe tree while Violet and Tulip scurry up the tree to pine after the hanging plorringe. Violet and Tulip spend time listening, sniffing, and hugging the plorringe, but just when they get the courage to stick their little pink tongues out for a taste - PLOP! - it falls right onto Norris's head. Norris the bear shares his newfound plorringe with Tulip and Violet and makes two friends.

This was a lovely, slower-paced b
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute book, my crowd this morning took it pretty well. I think the giant thunk in the head moment saved it from being simply preachy and the illustrations were well received. The kids liked their expressiveness.

I almost lost them over the 'plorringe' though. Unless you're trying to rhyme with orange why would you use a made up fruit? It seemed an unnecessary complication and the preschoolers seemed to think it was a test or trying to sneak something on them because they kept guessing what it 'rea
Amy Oberts
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful watercolor illustrations and thoughtful text combine to create a heartfelt, memorable story. Although "ploringes" are imaginary, the importance of being wise, patient, and kind is very much real...which makes this book simply perfect to share with a loved one.
Vayda Williams
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-life-lessons
A really cute story about sharing with some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen. Love love this book.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A bear is waiting patiently under a tree for a piece of fruit to drop so that he can eat it. In the tree, two little animals are waiting to eat that same piece of fruit. Who will the fruit go to?
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Truly beautifully illustrated with a story about waiting and being kind.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story and beautiful illustrations. A great book for the child in your life that needs to learn how to share things.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Good message, interesting art style but not for me.
Ashley Salisbury
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute cute cute!
Mar 13, 2017 added it
This book is about a bear who patiently waits for a fruit to fall and ends up sharing it in order to make new friends.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Three fun things about this book: 1- the pictures are pretty. 2- the bear is the cutest in his manners. 3- Plorringe! Wait! What? A fruit called plorringe. You go and google it yourself :)
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Norris, the bear, knew that the plorringes were the best fruits. So he waited under the plorringe tree because he knew something special was going to happen. Tulip and Violet, a mouse and a raccoon, knew that plorringes were the best too. They were able to climb up in the tree to get closer to the single hanging plorringe. They could see how delicious it looked and smell its delicious scent. They listened to it and hugged it too. They were just about to lick it when it fell off of the tree and d ...more
The Bear who Shared is a story about Norris the wise bear who loved plorringes, which are delicious fruit that fall from trees. He patiently waits for one plorringe to fall, but he was not the only one who loved plorringes. Violet and Tulip loved them too, and they were also waiting for the plorringe to fall. However, they did not wait patiently like Norris did. They sniffed, listened, and hugged the plorringe while Norris waited under the tree for it to fall. Finally the plorringe falls and lan ...more
I noticed the beautiful cover at the library, then discovered it is by a favorite author, Catherine Rayner, who, among many books, did Posy, a very favorite book I love about a cat. Rayner's art is black outlining with splish-splashes of color, realistic and awesome. In this story, Norris, a patient bear, waits under a tree, staring intently at a plorringe, hoping it might fall any moment. What is a plorringe? Well, it looks like a peach to me, but others have mentioned mangoes. Norris waits, bu ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
This is a beautiful book all around - both story and illustrations. It's a simple story of Norris, the wise old bear who is patiently waiting for a juicy, ripe "plorringe" to fall from the tree. Tulip and Violet, a mouse and a raccoon, are not quite so patient. They climb the tree, but can't stand to wait too long before they reach out to lick that lovely fruit - and it falls right onto Norris's head! Wise Norris is also kind, and he shares his delicious treat with Tulip and Violet, making two n ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved the simple, whimsical illustrstions of Catherine Rayner. It is unique and fun. The story, however, was quiet and simple. I liked the simple story of Bear waiting patiently for the last fruit on the tree. The message of patience, kindness, and sharing are all wonderful attributes of this book. But in this age of picture books where quirky, unique story lines dominate, I felt this book was slight and predictable. Yet, I have to point out Rayner's mastery of beautiful language intertwined t ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love a book that can encourage good habits and this one does just that. Sharing can often be difficult for young children, but this story has a bear who is not only wise, but also kind. He makes new friends by sharing a delicious fruit, the imaginary plorringe. I know it's imaginary because I had to look it up on Google because I had never heard of such a fruit. Rarely do I need to research anything I read in a children's book, but this strange word had me scratching my head, and knowing child ...more
Brittany Watts
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book was a picture book. I believe for children ranging in ages 3-5. The book was about a wise bear named Norris who sat patiently waiting for the plorringe to fall from the tree. As he waited a mouse named Tulip and a Raccoon named Violet also noticed the plorringe and wanted it too. When the plorringe fell from the tree Norris shared it with Tulip and Violet and from that moment on the three of them shared everything. I rated this book five stars because it teaches children ata young a ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
The illustrations elevate this gentle (if somewhat preachy) story about sharing a perfectly ripe fruit, but I couldn't help imagining Wilfred Brimley as Norris the bear. Happily, the illustrations provide the mischief and humor that much of the text is lacking. The pages describing Tulip and Violet's exploration of the 'plorringe' are very well done. I found myself wanting the two smaller and presumably younger creatures, to scamper away with the fruit, but instead it drops right into wise old N ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
While Norris, a wise bear, waits patiently under a tree for a plorringe to fall, Violet and Tulip, a mouse and a raccoon, respectively, climb out on the limb where the fruit is hanging and watch it. As they draw nearer and nearer and are just about ready to taste its juicy goodness, the fruit falls onto Norris. Rather than devouring it all himself, he gently shares with the other two, making friends of them all. While the lesson about sharing is quite clear, it's delivered in such an appealing w ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Rayner, Catherine. The Bear Who Shared. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 2011. Print.
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The Bear who Shared by Catherine Rayner is a book about sharing. There is a delicious fruit hanging above a wise old bear. The wise old bear knows how tasty the fruit will be and he waits for something to happen. The delicious fruit attracts a few other animals and when the fruit falls, bear shares and they become friends.
This is a decent book, there are
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 25th, 2014

Author: Catherine Rayner

Title: The Bear Who Shared

Plot: Norris, a wise and kind bear waits patiently for plorringes to fall from the tree, meanwhile Tulip and Violet, the raccoon and mouse are quite impatient and are determined to get the plorringes for themselves.

Setting: Nature; Under the plorringes tree

Characters: Norris the Bear; Violet the Mouse; Tulip the Raccoon

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Wisdom and Kindness

Style: Watercolor-style illustrations; Short sen
Josie B.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime, 4s-5s
"...being a wise bear, Norris knew that plorringes were the best fruit of all." Norris is waiting under a plorringe tree for something SPECIAL to happen, and while he waits a mouse and raccoon also come and investigate the ripening plorringe. It is a gentle, simple story that explores the senses, the invention of new words (or is it new fruit?), and the wisdom of sharing. I plan to pair it with a non-fiction book about the senses for a preschool storytime. Books can be great ways to introduce ra ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Megan by: MUTPL storytime
Monticello Public Library-Toddler Storytime-June 6, 2011

Norris wants to eat a plorringe (sp? I was holding a toddler as the book was being read, so I didn't get to check the spelling of this fictional fruit). He waits patiently until a mouse and a raccoon knock it down and he grabs it. But because he is so wise (as repeated several times in the book), he knows he will enjoy the plorringe if he shares it with the mouse and raccoon. In the end he gets a yummy treat AND two new friends.

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Award winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her husband, young son and a handful of creatures: Shannon the horse, Ena the grey cat and a goldfish called Richard.

She finds huge inspiration in her pets and often uses them as models, frequently asking Ena to pose so that she can study
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