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Pearl Verses the World Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Heather Potter is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia.
Top Customer Reviews
That is Pearl, she just is. She is just a little girl facing heartbreak for the first time, she is just a little girl looking for her place, she is just a little girl looking for her +1. She is just a little girl.
Being a children's book, this happy-sad story might be too much for the 8 - 12 age group that it is designed for. Quite sad in most parts with a nice ending that will leave a wide opening for conversations with your children about the difficulties of loss and growing up.
Pearl is an enduring character that will stay with you, she is a survivor, a young girl who has faced more sadness and loneliness than she should have, a girl that will one day find her way, but first she has to find her new place, a place for just two - with her granny watching over.
Girls would like this book because it is about mostly girls and poems. I think girls from 8 to adult would enjoy this book. The only thing that I don't think some kids would like in this book is when Pearl's grandma dies because they might think that their grandma would die or think about their grandma who had already died. It might be sad for some kids.
My favorite part was when Mrs. Bruff, Pearl's teacher, said to the class, "We are going to write a poem that doesn't rhyme." I liked it because Pearl finally got the class to know that poems don't have to rhyme to be proper poems. It was a special book because it taught you a lesson that poems don't have to rhyme to be correct and that sometimes teachers can be wrong but they can learn new ways to do things too.
Review by Young Mensan Sofia, age 7
Pearl's poems are simple and charming. They cover her roving thoughts on her grandmother's health, death, social groups at school, poetry, gender roles, family and boys. Pearl has a definite personality that comes across in her meandering evaluations of certain topics, like fairy tales: "But I wonder, / Why does the prince need to be handsome? / I wonder if all princes / are supposed to be handsome" (9). She also wonders why the princesses don't just save themselves. Good question, Pearl. Something tells me she won't much like Twilight when she reads it.
Pearl Verses the World is a sweet, simple story, ideal for children dealing with the loss of a loved one. Or, perhaps, just for those who love poetry, whether or not it rhymes. As Pearl poets (verbed!), "Rhyme is okay sometimes, / but my poems don't rhyme / and neither do I" (4).
The poems were quick and easy to read. Most of the pages had simple sketch drawings to help illustrate the book. I do not typically read middle grade novels, but I thought it might be something my students would read. After finishing the book, however, I'm not convinced any of my students would read this book without my probing. It was a very sad story. As a piece of writing, I think it would be worth using in class if we discussed the underlying themes and the idea of coping with loss of a family member. I think the book would be best suited for a child struggling with loss.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This short, lyrical book is filled with love and grief (and bits of humor, too). It feels so real. I've been sitting here in McDonald's eating breakfast and reading--and crying. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LP Salas
This is a great book! Can be found in elementary school libraries. Like the Love that Dog book and Hate that Cat. Poems do not always rhyme and they tell a story.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
The idea that children's books are just for children is an outdated one. There's something about children's books that speak to adults as well. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Jessica at Cracking the Cover
The title of this book grabbed my attention immediately. I think all of us at times feel like we are living "versus the world". The book was a wonderful surprise. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Steven R. McEvoy