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Pierre In Love (Golden Kite Awards) Hardcover – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Golden Kite Awards
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439517400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439517409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Pierre, a mouse who sails a fishing boat, is in love with Catherine, a ballet-teaching rabbit he glimpses from afar. She admires the dashing figure she sees from her window in the evening. Yet each is afraid to speak to the other. Eventually, they reveal themselves and learn that "feelings are like tides—you can't hold them back." While the notion of the torments of adult romantic love may go over the heads of the intended audience, children will relate to the themes of honesty and being true to oneself. For that reason, the story would make a good Valentine's Day read-aloud, although the French ballet terms may require further explanation. Mathers's watercolors of the fishing village, in a palette of moody grays, blues, and purples, add a calming and whimsical touch.—Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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*Starred Review* A simple fisherman, Pierre the mouse is in love with Catherine the rabbit, a ballet teacher. But how can he hope to win one so fair? Then Pierre finds something that matches Catherine's beauty--a shell. He decides to dress to the nines, give her the shell, and tell her how he feels. But when the moment comes, he flees, leaving the shell behind. That sets off a string of anonymous nightly gift giving, until Catherine can bear the mystery no longer. She waits up and catches Pierre, who confesses his love. Alas, Catherine loves another, but in a happily-ever-after ending, she realizes that Pierre, so smartly dressed, is, in fact, the fisherman she has admired from afar. Subtleties abound, and the emotions may affect adults more than children. But the purity of the love will touch children, too, and both the words and the art are delightful. Sometimes the phrases are elegant: Catherine's voice floated like "silver ribbon over the harbor." Sometimes they capture the goofiness love engenders: "He felt all bloopy and love-swoggled." The watercolors have a deceptive, childlike simplicity that draws in readers, with color, detail, and a warm expression of feelings. Ilene Cooper
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's not the first time a mouse has fallen for a cat. This seemingly mismatched pair recalls the roughened edges of Tracy as sportswriter to Hepburn as Hepburn, particularly in "The Philadelphia Story." While Pierre the fisher-mouse IS French, he's more Marseilles than Paree, more accustomed to life at sea than the haberdashery. The object of his affection--in fact, his intense l'amour--is Catherine, the elegant artiste equally at home in the ballet studio or a painter's studio. When Pierre "steams out" by the coast he hears Catherine's voice, "Plie, mes enfants, plie! floating like a silver ribbon over the harbor."

That's just one of many beautifully written sentences in this story of love, mistaken identity, and fish. The book's insightful take on love is astonishingly on target, adults will recognize the peaks and valleys of love's early course. For kids not averse to non-familial love, romance will never seem so appealing, so....romantic! Sara Pennypacker can also make them laugh tool; for example, when she describes how Pierre's obsessive longing for Catherine manifests itself with the day's catch:
"Some clams three lobsters, a single bass. The blue scales reminded him of how much he wanted to speak to Catherine. Of course, everything reminded him of this," incliding "empty potato chip bags." There's even a fantasy sequence in which Pierre saves his beloved from a toothy shark. Catherine would exclaim, "'Oh, how can I ever thank you?' Then Pierre would shrug modestly--he practiced his shrug so e would be ready--and brush off her gratitude.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sara Pennypacker's PIERRE IN LOVE features pictures by Petra Mathers as it tells of an ordinary fisherman and a ballet teacher he secretly loves. Pierre can't get the courage to tell her how he really feels - and PIERRE IN LOVE involves kids in a gentle romance and friendship between a mouse and a bunny.
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By One Potato on February 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Why aren't there more picture book's about love? Not puppy love, no, but head-over-heals dark-circles-under-your-eyes infatuation. In its soaring exhilarations and desperate disappointments, this book is reminiscent of William Steig, who also wasn't shy about commuting between the two. Here's a mouse (who's a fisherman) and a bunny (who teaches and dances and paints pictures), plus an honest, even Steig-ian, interest in the details of their work. Here are daydreams, and gifts left on doorsteps, petit and grand jetés, and though these illustrations may seem pitched to younger readers, there is finally nothing unsophisticated about the twists and turns of romance.
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By Poppy on March 3, 2009
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My daughter reports that her six year old daughter goes to sleep with this book. Don't you love giving a book to a child who loves reading it?

Thank you Ms Pennypacker.
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If you flip to the back of "Pierre in Love", you'll find that the subject headings say a lot:

1. Love-Fiction.

2. Honesty-Fiction.

3. Fishers-Fiction.

Yes, Sara Pennypacker's story is definitely about all of these things. However, throwing all rules and regs about subject headings out the window, I think they should have added the following:

4. Old School Mixup-Fiction.

Similar to every episode of "Three's Company", this story is based around a miscommunication - let me explain. Pierre (a shabby-looking fisherman rat), finds himself too "bloopy and love-swoggled" to speak to his love, a ballet dancing rabbit named Catherine. Instead, he places a new gift on her doorstep each night. When they finally come face to face one evening, an unusually dapper-looking Pierre spills his guts. But Catherine denys him, explaining that she is in love with someone else, someone much more shabby in appearance. Now who could that someone else be?

5. Rarities for a Children's Book-Fiction.

Picture book love stories for are a tricky thing to pull off successfully. In "Pierre", Pennypacker (of "Clementine" fame) and illustrator Petra Mathers successfully capture the feeling of being a nervous wreck when faced with unrequited love.

This title recently won an SCBWI Golden Kite award for picture book text. I can't argue with that - the pace, description, and dialog are all succinct and vivid. After learning that Catherine is in love with someone else...

Pierre staggered. The news socked him hard, like an anchor to the chest.
"Well," he said, struggling to smile, "I'm glad to know you are happy."

The illustrations, done in watercolor, do a good job of mixing the two dimensional with the three.
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