The story of Monsieur Pierre propels readers through multiple locations as he searches for a place where he can fit in. The young octopus is moved from the ocean to a fountain in Paris where he tries to strike up a friendship with the “Mademoiselles Poissons” who live in the fountain. They show no interest in him, however. As fish sometimes do, they give him the cold shoulder. Determined to find a friend, Monsieur Pierre travels through Paris visiting several significant locations, including the Louvre. Each of his attempts at friendship is rejected.
Eventually, he meets a boy and girl from California who are visiting Paris. They take an immediate liking to him and convince him to return to California with them where he starts a new life, complete with a new hat. Again, readers follow Pierre as he travels to interesting places, this time in the United States.
Overall, Anne Dana has created a story filled with imagination that young children will enjoy. The target audience for the book is ages three to five, but older readers will enjoy it as well. It includes an important lesson for readers of all ages. Who hasn’t experienced rejection? Yet Monsieur Pierre demonstrates that persistence has its rewards.
Photographs of Pierre and his new friends are sprinkled over a couple of pages. It would have added to the story if the pictures had been captioned so readers could learn a little geography along the way. But the story is amusing and perhaps the author wanted to keep the focus on fun. While not the caliber of illustrations found in the children’s books of Marcus Pfister and Tomie dePaola, the drawings are colorful and cheerful, which will definitely appeal to preschoolers. I found Monsieur Pierre to be a charming character and highly recommend this book.
|Page Count||34 pages|
|Publisher||L O Annie Press|
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