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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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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, manners
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
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytimes
This is a great book to teach about sharing and patience, as Norris the wise bears waits for the delicious plorrange fruit to fall from the tree. Will he get to enjoy the fruit or will some one else beat him to it? Fun for Fall story times.
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.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
A cute book with a valuable message. Sharing means caring.
Vayda Williams
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really cute story about sharing with some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen. Love love this book.
Themes: sharing, fruit, bear, patience

Per Amazon, 3-5 years old.
Alyssa Tabor
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Might work for storytime?
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, acls, storytime
Cute book about friendship, patience, and the value of sharing.
Randi Kennedy
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A precious story about patience and kindness.
Syntha Green
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Rayner's books
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
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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 mo