Fall in Love with LITTLE PEAR

BOOK4I can’t recall how I stumbled upon these delightful books by Eleanor Lattimore, but I am so very glad I did and I wanted to take the time to dedicate a post to them {even though they have been added to Chapter Books for Boys in the sidebar — this series is NOT to be missed!} 

From what I can find there are four books in the series, we have read three of them in two weeks and I am on the hunt for the fourth one {should be on its way through our extensive library system!}

Eleanor Lattimore was born and raised in China as her father was an English teacher at a Chinese school. She moved to the US when she was 16 when her father’s work brought him back to the USA.

These stories are rich and beautiful in their portrayal of the life of a little Chinese boy. We have learned so much of what a poor farming village in China was like in the early 1900’s, how family dynamics worked, and a collection of other interesting tidbits. 

The boys have decided that next summer when we shave their heads they each want a ponytail left in the middle of their head, just like Little Pear has throughout the stories. (see picture below!) 

The boys have also started building rickshaws out of their Lego – a direct nod towards something they learned from these stories. 

Just about every page of each of these chapter books has a simple illustration about something going on in the story, it was helpful for the boys to grasp some of the culturally different concepts, and helped keep the younger ones attention. There were several instances throughout the stories where we all laughed out loud at a funny scenario. 

Having not read the one book Little Pear and His Friends I am not certain where it fits into the story, but the images below are arranged in order should your family decide to indulge in this delightful series and also, I hope, fall in love with Little Pear!

 

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4 Comments

  1. These look really cute – we will give them a try!

  2. I’m pretty sure I have the first one. I’ll have to put it out on the children’s book shelf! I want to be particularly sure to teach some Chinese history and culture given the wonderful time I spent there teaching.

    • Cool! Is it a hardback copy? I want to buy those ones {if you come across any at thrift stores for a few dollars, and you already have them in your collection, pick them up for me and I will pay you back!!} Paperbacks were printed a few years ago, but I don’t like the look of them.

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