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Paul Meets Bernadette Hardcover – December 10, 2013
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful story with equally as beautiful illustrations! kids were laughing and I was touched by its magic! Would recommend to anyone!Published 10 months ago by Angela Milne
Very cute story. My 5 year old laughs at all the silly things Bernadette says... especially the elephant teapot.Published 17 months ago by Abigail M. Warnick
We received this book as a gift. Not only does our one-year old love it, but we love it, too! It's a great story, yet, a very simple read.Published 17 months ago by Noelle
Wow, what a wonderful concept....great story, beautiful illustrations. My grand kids wanted me to read it over again and again.Published 18 months ago by margaret c.