"Paul Meets Bernadette" - by Rosy Lamb

posted Jun 14, 2016, 5:02 PM by Amie Ridley   [ updated Jun 14, 2016, 5:07 PM ]
Another new discovery for our house - Miss 2 picked this up at the library to read, probably because it had goldfish on the cover.  And she is a little bit obsessed with Miss 6's goldfish...

Anyway, she picked it up and we read it at the library, as we do.  And then Miss 2 checked it out to take home.  Now, not all books come home with us at the library (contrary to local opinion).  Miss 2 has very strong opinions about what books she likes and does not like, and she continued to ask for this one to be read to her for the next few weeks.  After that she would sit and "read" it to herself (side note - this is an important part of the development of reading.  See the post on Mem Fox "Reading Magic" for more on that https://sites.google.com/a/fidgetcrafts.co.nz/www/the-reading-corner/childrenreading101).

Now I know Miss 2 picked up this book because of the fish.  But it became a favourite book because of the beautiful illustrations and the humour in the story.  Bernadette sees the world differently to Paul, and it is her descriptions that give the book it's playful feeling.  And which started (playful) arguments about whether that is a picture of a clock or a cactus between me and my daughter.  Although I think she was a little bit convinced that a clock was a cactus by the time we returned the book...

So minor spoiler, sorry.  I won't say anymore about Bernadette's descriptions.  

Instead I'll move onto illustration.  The pictures in this book are beautiful.  They are paintings, and are quite textural as well.  I like books that have a unique style of illustration as it exposes children to various forms of artistic styles in a format that is user friendly.  Good illustrations do more than just put the words into visual form.  They engage minds and draw the reader further into the story.  And creative illustrations will inspire children to explore a wider variety of creative expression in their own lives.  

This book was so enjoyed by us that upon returning it to the library we read it to 2 different librarians, and I believe it has now been read at their Story Time as well. And might I recommend that if you do read it yourself, you remember to close the book at the end, and turn over to the back cover for one final, delightful illustration... 


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