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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Macmillan Childrens (3 Mar. 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 140509043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405090438
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. She left school with few qualifications and spent 8 years living on the road (in a variety of vehicles including a truck, caravan and RAF petrol bus called Toby Diesel) before settling back in Brighton and getting a place on the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Brighton University.

Her first picture book WOLVES was published in August 2005 to great acclaim, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and a clutch of other awards it marked the beginning of a stellar career creating extraordinary books for children.

Emily has also won the Best Emerging Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards for MONKEY AND ME and the bronze award in the 6-8 age category at the Nestle Children's Book Prize for LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. In 2008 Emily was awarded the rare honour of a second CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS.

Emily lives in Brighton with her family and their two dogs, Otto and Edith.

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The utter simplicity of this beautiful picture book is breathtaking. By rearranging just four words, Emily Gravett creates a series of playful images which are a sheer joy – and intensely satisfying. The loose energy of the pencil and watercolour pictures will be irresistible to adults and children alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Emily Gravett is a graduate of Brighton University and the winner of the 2004 Macmillan Prize for Illustration. A traveller in her youth, Emily has now settled in Brighton with her partner, their young daughter – and the family dog. Her first picture book, the inimitable WOLVES (1 405 05082 9) was published by Macmillan in 2005 to great acclaim. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Hogan on 12 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the lovieliest books Ive ever encountered. Only four words go into this whimisical story. The illustrations are loose watercolours that suit the quirky nature of this book perfectly. This is yet another childrens' book that I bought as a gift, but then had to get a copy for myself when i fell in love with it. Children laugh with joy at the simplicity of it and I would reccomend it for anyone who loves beautiful books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By must dash cash stash TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
A simple book that is perfect for use with even the youngest child.

It is really short so can be read quickly to a young child who is squirming on your lap, but the pictures can start some lengthy discussions.

It even showed my older child the importanct of punctuation!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gail Davis on 31 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As to be expected from this author, this is a fantastically unusual book - very basic, though engaging in concept. The illustrations are beautiful and expressive. My 17 month old daughter adores it and often appears to "read" it to herself, so simple is 'storyline'. I think this would be a favourite for many young children and worthy of note to anyone interested in the art of children's illustration.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Woollard on 4 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
Surely destined to become a classic with the stature of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', Emily Gravett's 'Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear' proves that there is magic in simplicity. With just four easy words, she is able to create a wealth of scenarios, from the sublime (a fruit-juggling bear) to the deliciously ridiculous (a hilariously large-bottomed pear-coloured bear). The illustrations, with their fluid lines and wonderful expressiveness, convey with delightful humour the emotions of the bear, from happy to somewhat sheepish, and are guaranteed to appeal to adult and child alike.
A book I fully expect to be on the shelves for the next 40 years - or more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Roast VINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Basically the book consists of different combinations of the four words in the title of the book and each combination is accompanied by an appropriate illustration. The fact that there are only these words through the book (and one additional word at the end) means that my daughter who is three and two/thirds can read it to herself. I'll be looking out for more books like this in the near future to help her as she begins to learn to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wright on 20 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is THE perfect example of simple-but-effective. No story, just the 4 words:
Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear. A clever, beautifully realised book.
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Format: Paperback
I use this with groups of children aged 2yrs + I am a children's librarian and an uncle.

The best thing about it is that once a child works out what is going on, they can often finish the story themselves (often before you have even finished the first reading).

I got my 2.5yr old nephew to read this aloud to me after page 4 and he got it right all the way through (after a bit of hard thinking). The greatest thing about this book is the way that really young children smile once they 'get it' and then they want to tell you the story. I imagine it feels like reading to them because they have 'read' the pictures.

The ONLY book that beats this is also by Emily Gravett - Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears - Give this to any child of 3 and up and you will keep them happy for many hours, but get the hardback - it has the corners nibbled by mice, which just adds to the joy.
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By Lizzy on 16 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first book my 22month old son can read on his own. At first I was sceptical as I found the lack of storyline boring and couldn't find any depth to it. But that moment when your toddler is reading those simple words aloud in the familiar sequence will be a very proud one. What first seemed to be a dull book, has turned out to be extremely clever - appealing to its intended audience. It's not too long and the illustrations are beautiful. I want to find some prints/pictures to put up in baba's room. We can't pass a fruit bowl now without identifying the applicable fruit! Subtly skillful, well done Ms Gravett.
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