Norris, the Bear who Shared

by Catherine Rayner

Reading Age: 7+

Interest level: 3+

by Catherine Rayner

Rayner's soft water colours perfectly reflect the quiet atmosphere of this book.

Norris the bear is patient, and prepared to wait for life's pleasures, such as the plorringe hanging from the tree, not quite ripe.

Other creatures sniff, nudge and try to coax the fruit into falling, Norris waits patiently beneath. Of course, once it's ready, the plorringe falls to the ground, where Norris collects it. However, as he is kind as well as wise, he shares his bounty, and makes two new friends.

A modern fable, this book encourages children not to chivvy or snatch, and celebrates patience, kindness and friendship, while exploring the five senses, as the smaller animals watch, listen to, sniff, poke and smell the plorringe.


Publisher: Orchard Books

About the author

  • Catherine Rayner

    Award-winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.

    Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Ena and goldfish, Bruce.

    However, it was animals of a slightly larger kind who were the inspiration for her first picture book, Augustus and His Smile – Catherine drew many of her initial sketches of him whilst watching the tigers at Edinburgh Zoo.

    In 2006 Catherine was awarded the Best New Illustrator Award at the Book Trust Early Years awards and was also short listed for the V&A Illustration Awards 2006.

    Augustus and His Smile was selected as one of five picture books to be featured and recommended on Channel 4's 'Richard and Judy Christmas Party' in December 2006.

    Since January 2007, Augustus and His Smile has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and short listed for the 'Read it Again' Cambridgeshire Picture Book Award and the English 4-11 Award 2007.

    Catherine also regularly exhibits her art work in galleries all over Scotland and also illustrates her own range of cards. Catherine's other books include, Harris Finds His Feet (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Sylvia and Bird, Norris, the Bear who Shared, Posy, Ernest (shortlisted for the 2010 Early Years Awards) and Solomon Crocodile.


    Catherine was selected as one of Book Trust's Best New Illustrators 2008.


    Read an interview with Catherine Rayner


    Visit Catherine's gallery of illustrations

    Catherine Rayner
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