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This delightful story made us laugh and learn this morning! The whimsical illustrations are the perfect combination of lovely and silly--just like the story. We read the entire book, including author note, and peary facts. Miranda Paul did an amazing job of making each page mesmerizing and compelling. And my kids were surprised at how long it takes to become a pear!
Not only is this a delightful picture book that's fun to read aloud, but it also gives accurate facts about how seeds grow. The repeating refrain means nonreaders can join in and share the joy. Highly recommended (especially for grandmas and teachers like me)!
This charming picture book is both entertaining and educational. Readers are sure to get a few laughs while learning something new. Repetitive text, simple sentence structures, and easy-to-read font make it a great choice for newer readers. It’s also fun to read aloud.
Miranda Paul, with her creative imagination, has written a story that’s both amusing and educational in Are We Pears Yet?
Two pear seeds are excited that they will become pears. They love pears. One seed keeps eagerly asking the other, “Are we pears yet?” The other seed seems to know much more about the whole process so explains patiently each time what has to occur first. Soil, rain, sun, cold, a long 2-year nap … 🙂 Then they have to grow into trees, which takes another year! The impatient seeds are getting tired of waiting.
The illustrations cleverly created by Carin Berger present the story in a stage setting. Each scene shows props, stage hands, scene changes .. whatever is required to make the story move along. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.
Eventually – after another two years! – the seeds get to where a final event is about to happen, but the reader’s view is of the two main characters hidden behind a sign that reads: COSTUME CHANGE. When they come out, well … it’s just been such a long wait that it takes some realizing.
Are We Pears Yet? written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Carin Berger is for everyone to enjoy. It’s fun, entertaining, informative, and quite different, with a chuckle at the very end, too.
This is an informative book about a pear tree’s life cycle. It stars two pear seeds that act out the life cycle on stage with props, stagehands, and even costume changes. One seed is very excited to grow and repeatedly asks the other if they are pears yet during the other seed's informative stage show. The last page offers more information on pears and some pear trivia facts. Also a short bibliography.
Cons: I find myself vacillating on whether I like the illustrations or not.
Pros: This book, though informative is very simplified and easy for children to understand. The illustrations are extremely creative and the text should be good for the early reader since most of it is in the form of speech balloons with very few words.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2017
Miranda Paul has done it again: transforming a matter-of-fact science concept into a fun story — with a theatrical flair. A pair of pear seeds grow together in the process of becoming "pears." Clever! Children will love the whimsical story and illustrations and want to read it again and again. And the Encore author's note at the end is worthy of applause!