Too Many Pears!

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Pamela is a cow with an affection for pears that is almost an obsession. She turns up at lunch, on picnics, at the window, eating any pears she can find. Amy and Grandma are picking pears, trying to figure out how to save some from Pamela, who isn't stopped by fences or being tied to trees. Amy's bright idea is to feed Pamela pear after pear. After eating 600, she finally loses interest in them. But then, she starts eyeing the apples.... Who could resist the doleful face of Pamela on the jacket after pigging out on all those pears? Whatley paints a large cow who dominates the single and double-page scenes with very simple settings and people. The scene of the superabundance of peach-filled foods to tempt Pamela has the line of text following the treats to the next double-page sequence of Pamela's face as she finally eats herself silly. Simple fun for all. 2003, Star Bright Books, Ages 3 to 6.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Whoever said you can never have too much of a good thing should check with Pamela. This Holstein has a hankerin' for pears-stewed, fresh off the tree, or baked in a pie. She will do almost anything to satisfy her craving, including climbing a tree for better picking. Amy, her family, and friends fear that no one else will get any of the favored fruit. Various means of keeping the bovine away from the pears fail until the girl comes up with the best idea-simply give Pamela all she wants. Whatley's wonderful color illustrations show a dainty cow, politely but quite determinedly helping herself to the love of her life. Large pictures across spreads with clean white backgrounds and simple text create a humorous tale, perfect for storytime sharing. Facial expressions on humans and cow are priceless. Pamela, with her large body and small head, is drawn in a folk-art style, and has two easily identifiable "birthmarks" on her black-and-white hide: one is a heart and the other, which is not revealed until the last page, gives readers insight into her future passion. A real winner.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932065480
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 839,674
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Pamela the cow loves pears, so much so that she eats, and eats, and eats, and eats. The best part of this book isn't the story itself, but the illustrations, that add so much to the humor of the book. Seeing where the illustrator puts Pamela in each illustration adds significantly to the humor of this story.
    As for reading level, this book is good for a beginning reader, the context of the text is directly related to the images on the page, and the text is not too complicated.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Pamela the cow LOVES pears. She loves fresh pears, pears for lunch, pear pie and even stewed pears. Pamela the cow is one happy bovine when she's eating her favorite fruit. The problem is, everybody else likes pears too and Pamela is eating all the pears. Amy, her Grandma, and Grandpa love pears too. How will they stop Pamela from eating all the pears? Grandpa tried building a fence to keep Pamela away from the pears, but that didn't work. The pear-loving cow simply crawled through a wombat hole to go under the fence and get to her beloved pears. Tying Pamela to a tree didn't work either because the hungry cow is one very strong animal. She simply took the tree along with her! Will Amy be able to come up with a solution to save the pears? Too Many Pears is a delightful tale of a pesky cow, an orchard full of pears and the young girl who is determined to save some of the fruit for herself and her grandparents. Her solution is clever, funny, and while Pamela may not like the end result (think tummy ache), young readers are sure to get a giggle out of the solution. The illustrations are bright and expressive and mesh wonderfully with this delightful story. Quill says: See if your young reader can help Amy save the pears - a fun, imaginative story that is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

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