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Pierre Pidgeon

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Pierre liked to build ship models, but most of all he wanted the boat-in-the-bottle in Mr. LeClerc's store.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published 1943 by Houghton Mifflin Company
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I had to do an interlibrary loan to get a copy of this book, from Cameron University in Oklahoma, but it did come rather quickly, and I was impressed. This book won a 1944 Caldecott Honor award, along with "A Child's Goodnight Book," which I also enjoyed. Pierre lives in the French Canadian region of Gaspe. His father is a fisherman, and his mother bakes bread to sell to tourists to supplement their income. Pierre enjoys driving a dogcart, sailing on his father's boat and build ship models. But...more
1944 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The two page spread where Pierre returns to his home after buying the ship in a bottle.

Favorite line: "Ah," said Mr. LeClerc, and smiled at Pierre. "There is only one way for ships to get inside bottles. They grow inside."

Kid-appeal today: I had high hopes for this book in the first few pages, because the illustrations were paired with only a few sentences of text each. It felt more like a "storybook" than others from the 1930s and 1940s. It let me down...more
This book depends far more on its illustrations than the more wordy books that seem more common from this era, but the narrative about a Canadian boy is really what carries the book - the illustrations just don't have the punch or power they could. As a main feature of the the story is Pierre's longing for a ship in a bottle, it could give a young listener a window express what they long for, what disappoints them, what they have achieved - adult readers don't need to be directive or heavy-hande...more
This is a cute story about a boy who wants to know how a ship got into a bottle. While I liked the story, the illustrations are really the best part. They are just beautiful with great color for the time period.
A story of Pierre Pidgeon, who longs to find out how a boat can get into a bottle (and to own one himself).
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Special visit to the Minneapolis Central Library to view reference copy.
Fun story of figuring out something intriguing.
1944 Caldecott Honor
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