And as usual on Friday, I bow to Susanna Leonard Hill and her Perfect Picture Book Friday Linky
Title Orange Pear Apple Bear
Written & Illustrated By: Emily Gravett
Publisher, year: Simon and Schuster, 2007
Suitable For: ages 1+
Themes/Topics: fruit, bears, punctuation, inferencing
A truly lovely little children's book that combines the pleasures of punctuation, specifically the comma with beautiful illustrations. The four words of the title are repeated and rearranged, with sweet watercolor sketches as illustrations.
Mid-book there's a page with the words "Apple, pear", and a sketch of a pear atop an apple. The next is "Orange bear" with - of course! - an orange bear. A sight gag based on punctuation! The "pear bear" with a giant green pear-shaped bum blushed with pink is particularly nice.
This is the kind of book you wish were longer, while knowing that brevity and minimalism is its perfect soul.
Links To Resources and ideas for use in the classroom:
- Use colors and rhymes to create your own book using this one as a mentor text
- Read other great books like:
Why I Like This Book: Most children know how to read fruit and color names from the very beginning of school. This means that this is a book that is meaningful and can be read independently. The kids learn about inferencing and how the order of words and punctuation changes what is being said. The pictures are beautiful and funny.