FICTION

Are We Pears Yet?

Are We Pears Yet? illus. by Carin Berger. 40p. bibliog. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626723511.
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PreS-Gr 2— Two seeds explain the growth cycle of pear trees from seeds needing soil, water, and sun to trees bearing fruit two years later. The banter between the seeds and the pear puns are amusing as one seed repeatedly asks, "Are we pears yet?" The story, written all in dialogue, is staged as a play complete with costume changes. Paul successfully breaks down this complex science concept and turns it into a clever stage show. An encore explains how the author came up with the idea, five "peary" smart facts share interesting information, and the credits double as a bibliography. Berger's cut-paper collages set the stage and give the feel of a school play with text bubbles and stick scenery.
VERDICT This whimsical story about plant science is a welcome informational picture book addition. Perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.

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