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Paul Meets Bernadette Hardcover – December 10, 2013

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PreS-Gr 2—Paul, a solitary goldfish, spends his days swimming in circles. His life is uneventful until another fish, Bernadette, drops into his bowl. Not content to simply go round and round, she encourages Paul to take a look at the world outside their watery home. She shows him ordinary household items, which when viewed through the curved glass bowl and through the power of her imagination, become transformed. A bunch of bananas turn into a yellow boat and a vase of flowers is an enchanting forest. Some of Bernadette's creative interpretations will make young readers giggle, especially when a blue teapot becomes an elephant and two fried eggs are the sun and the moon. As he eagerly examines the fascinating world outside, Paul becomes equally captivated with his new friend. The whimsical story is accompanied by striking oil paintings. The two fish are portrayed in fluid orange and gold brushstrokes, while the bowl is a luminous sphere reflecting different colors from page to page. One of the final spreads depicts a homey breakfast table holding all of the everyday objects bestowed with magical qualities through the eyes of the fanciful goldfish. Pair this story with Devin Scillian's Memoirs of a Goldfish (Sleeping Bear, 2010).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

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Paul the goldfish lives in a world circumscribed by his small, round bowl. He can swim to the left, to the right, up, then down. And repeat. But when another fish, Bernadette, drops in (literally), she introduces Paul to the realm beyond the curved glass. “What do you think that is?” she asks, looking at bananas on a nearby plate. When Paul doesn’t know, she informs him that it’s a boat. She also identifies a clock as a cactus, a teapot as an elephant, and so on. His bowl may still be small, but Paul is happy to share it with Bernadette, who makes his world so much larger and more intriguing. The simply written story works well with the vibrant oil paintings. The well-defined painterly brushstrokes add another dimension of texture, direction, and motion to the scenes. Young children will enjoy correcting Bernadette’s misidentifications and creating their own as they engage with this imaginative picture book. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763661309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763661304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul is a goldfish. He swims around his bowl all day, evidently not giving life much thought. Then Bernadette arrives and life becomes much more colorful! Bernadette introduces Paul to the wonders outside their bowl: a pair of glasses becomes a wonderful butterfly, a spoon is a fish, and food packages are a whole city (Milkwaukee, of course) in Bernadette's lively interpretations. This is a wonderful picture book for children, especially about ages 5+ who will "get" the humor, but younger ones will enjoy the simple story of friendship. It also would be a wonderful engagement, wedding, or anniversary gift!
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Paul meets Bernadette, the 2013 debut from Parisian artist Rosy Lamb, provides a lovely modern bookend to Leo Lionni's classic Fish is Fish.

Goldfish Paul spends his life, not unhappily, swimming in circles. Then one day he gets a tank-mate: "One day, Bernadette dropped in." (Dropped out of a plastic bag from the pet store, no doubt.) Bernadette has seen much more of the world; her knowledge is vast yet suspect. Or perhaps she simply needs a pair of glasses (goggles?). Paul, however, is willing to accept her opinions along with her companionship.

Lots of touching and funny vignettes: teacups and eggs, respectively, plus the spoon of course. Don't miss the back cover, either! The oil paintings in this debut picture book are splendiferous. More than simply telling this story, they provide a wonderful introduction to art. Oil is such a tactile medium, and these paintings are reproduced in very high quality and look almost good enough to touch.

In addition to the aforementioned artwork, this is an excellent example of how friends need not be perfect. Perfect for your nursery bookshelf.
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This book is completely adorable! I read it for a day of Ocean Camp that I hosted for my kids. I read it to preschoolers-2nd graders and all of them loved it! We all thought it was super sweet and funny. My 5-year-old has wanted to read it and illustrate it on her own paper again and again. Great Book!
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By jude on February 6, 2014
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This is the cutest book and it has amazing art work. Poor Paul is a lonely goldfish until one day the lovely Bernadette drops in to visit. She open up the real world outside the bowl for Paul. No longer does he just circle the bowl but sees all kinds of interesting things through the glass. The funny thing is that Bernadette has no more idea than Paul what all of these amazing things are. She calls a bunch of bananas a boat and Paul buys into her identifications. I bought this for my 6yr old granddaughter and I believe she can read it herself. I bought another copy for my 3 year old great nephew. Truly a beautiful little book.
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Two little fish viewing the world from their fishbowl. Cute idea, cute story. Love it. I admit I am a book junkie, adult books, kids books, toddler books. This one is adorable. Rates right up there with "The days to crayons quit." Amazon, quit sending me ads for children's books you know I am helpless to resist.
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In PAUL MEETS BERNADETTE, Paul is a goldfish that swims around his bowl. Although his life might seem boring, he's content. One day, Bernadette, a female goldfish, appears and everything changes for Paul. She tries to open his eyes and show him (in a misinformed way) all the wonders of the world outside his fishbowl. There's a message in this book about being open to world outside of yourself, but also one about love and acceptance. Besides all that, there are some really fun illustrations that look like water-colored pictures. PAUL MEETS BERNADETTE is sure to be a book that delights parents and children alike.
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This is a touching little love story for children. This is both about falling in love and having an imagination. The illustrations (oil paintings) are fantastic and my daughter and I love them! This would be a great gift for Valentine's Day for ages 3+.

Paul is a goldfish, and he swims around in circles. He doesn't know what he's missing until Bernadette joins him in his fishbowl. She has a unique outlook on life, and shows Paul new ways of looking at things. (I especially love how she talks about the teapot and teacups.) Simple, concise text does not fully describe Paul falling in love, but you can tell this is what's happening. Very sweet for kids and adults to enjoy together.
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This book is one of the sweetest books I've ever read! The ending actually brought tears to my eyes! I love how Bernadette sees the world and teaches Paul to look at the beauty around him. I highly recommend!
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