Synopses & Reviews
A charming story about finding the courage to tell someone special how you feel about them.
Poor Pierre wishes he could tell Catherine how he feels about her, but Catherine is a graceful ballet teacher, and Pierre is merely a poor fisherman.
By making a few silly mistakes and a few more brave decisions, Pierre soon learns that being a fisherman may not make him so hard to love after all.
Pennypacker weaves a sweet story about finding the courage to let someone special into your heart, while Mathers' luscious illustrations draw readers into a colorful world full of hope and bravery.
"In this trs romantique tale, whose misty coastal setting suggests Maine or Nova Scotia, fisherman-rat Pierre longs to express his hidden feelings to Catherine, a slim gray rabbit. Pierre sees her painting pictures and teaching ballet in her studio as he pilots his boat to and from their seaside village. 'Pierre sighed tragically.... Catherine was exquisite, an angel of grace and beauty, and he was only an ordinary fisherman.' Each night, Pierre exchanges his orange slicker and jeans for a red shirt and white trousers: 'He did not look a bit like the fisherman he had been just an hour ago!' He steals to Catherine's house to declare his love, but always loses his nerve and leaves her a token of affection (a perfect pink shell, a wreath of seagrass). In Shakespearean fashion, Catherine discovers her spiffy admirer but (at first) fails to recognize him as the rugged fisherman of her dreams. With warmth and humor, Pennypacker (Clementine) charts an excessive crush: 'Sunrises, sunsets, empty potato chip bags' remind Pierre of his beloved. Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel) paints in a nave style that captures the ordinariness of the two who share a grand passion. Her foggy palette of teal, moss and charcoal suits the fishing village, especially in a quaint, wordless spread of Pierre docking his boat and Catherine painting at her window. This book's ideal audience is likely to be Pierre's age. Yet Pennypacker and Mathers compose a sweet but not treacly Valentine. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Feeling "bloopy and love-swoggled" in the presence of Catherine, the elegant ballet teacher, a humble fisherman tries to muster the courage to reveal his affection for her.
Despite being a common fisherman, determined Pierre manages to muster up all his courage and let the beautiful ballet teacher, Catherine, know how he feels about her in the hopes of winning her heart.
About the Author
Sara Pennypacker is a bestselling author whose title include the Clementine series: CLEMENTINE, THE TALENTED CLEMENTINE, and CLEMENTINE's LETTER, the Stuart series: STUART'S CAPE and STUART GOES TO SCHOOL, and the picture books PIERRE IN LOVE, and SPARROW GIRL. Sara lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.
Petra Mathers was born in 1945 in Todtmoos, Germany and immigrated to the United States as a young woman. She has written and illustrated many books for children. The four-time winner of the annual New York Times prize for Best Illustrated Children's Book won the Ezra Jack Keats Medal for her first book Maria Theresa.
Before moving to the US, Mathers worked in a bookstore in Germany. Her first American career was a painter although she also worked as a waitress to "make ends meet."
Mathers has reported that she loves chickens, and her "Lottie's World" series, feature Lottie, a chicken, and her best friend, Herbie, a duck. Her latest book, Pierre in Love, written by Sara Pennypacker will be published in January 2007.
Mathers lives with her husband, Michael, beside the mighty Columbia River in Oregon.