Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Orange Pear Apple Bear


ORANGE PEAR APPLE BEAR; Emily Gravett; New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007; unpaged Picture Book

It is a shame that Emily Gravett is a Brit, because all her picture books could be in the front of the pack for the Caldecott award, if she were a Yank. Orange Pear Apple Bear is a model of economy of expression and illustration. Gravett uses only five words to tell her story (shades of Seuss!), permutations of the title: an apple sits atop a pear, next to an orange bear, etc. A work of genius, truly.

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