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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. ...more
Hardcover, 43 pages
Published 1943 by Houghton Mifflin Company
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I really don’t like the art in this book. I suppose it is a style, but it feels quick to me. I do, however, like the story.

It is set in Canada, Yeah, in Gaspe which is a peninsula. Pierre longs to own the ship in the bottle. It costs a whole dollar and he will never have that kind of money. Inflation, right. Well, a painter gives him a whole dollar for saving her from an ox in a field and she paints him. He buys the bottle and breaks the thing immediately. He is wondering how it was made and aft
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
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Vintage Picture-Books and/or Appreciate Block-Print Artwork
Set on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec, 1944 Caldecott Honor Book Pierre Pidgeon follows the story of the eponymous Pierre, a fisherman's son who likes to create model ships, and who longs to know the secret of the model-ship-in-a-bottle that is for sale at Mr. LeClerc's general store. After unexpectedly earning some money from a lady painter who has come to the area to work, Pierre is able to buy the bottled ship, only to drop and break it when he arrives home. Now how will Pierre ever figure out ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
The illustrations are definitely the best thing about this story, which was so forgettable I actually had to go back through the book again two days after I finished it to remember what it was about. The most interesting thing about the pictures is the figures’ facial features. Only their eyes are actually drawn onto their faces. Their noses, chins, and mouths are merely suggested by the shape of their faces. It’s amazing that the illustrator was still able to convey so much emotion without actu ...more
I've been paying attention to opening lines lately because they often give insight into a story. This one begins:
Pierre Pidgeon was seven years old, waiting to be eight. He lived in a part of Canada called the Gaspe, which is a large piece of land surrounded on three sides by ...

The kids love this story, and I like the fact that we see how a child entertains himself in the days before hi-tech gadgets. And, not once did Pierre ever say he was bored. This art did deserve a Caldecott.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Cassandra Gelvin
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
No pigeons. I feel cheated.

Features a little seven-year-old, almost eight-year-old kid whose father is a fisherman, but they don't make a lot of money, so his mother sells bread, which isn't really important to anything.

He likes to build model ships (they live on the ocean). He likes to go to the store where there is a ship in a bottle and stare at the ship in the bottle. But it's a dollar, which is so expensive for him, so he can't buy it.

He has an ox, and this woman comes, and the ox threatens
Maria Rowe
• 1944 Caldecott Honor Book •

I was looking forward to reading about pigeons, but alas, there are none, just Henri the ox and a dog named Genviéve. This is a cute story about a Canadian boy who really wants a ship in a bottle. He fortunes on just the right amount of money, but when Genviéve the giant Newfoundland dog jumps on him coming back from the shop, he drops it. He’s able to fix it, and I think this is a good lesson to rely on yourself and try to mend what is broken by learning something n
Ann Williams
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
This book came all the way from the Massachusetts College of Art with a special book strap on it. It was so precious and delicate to hold. I loved the story and the pictures and when it is time to study Canada, I will request this book again. Students will love it!
Brindi Michele
1944 Caldecott Honor
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott, picture, bird
Fun story of figuring out something intriguing.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A story of Pierre Pidgeon, who longs to find out how a boat can get into a bottle (and to own one himself).
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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Special visit to the Minneapolis Central Library to view reference copy.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quiet, home story in the tradition of Robert McCloskey. While the illustrations show a long past time, there is a lot here that is still relevant to kids today; the wonder over a ship in a bottle, the desire for something that seems unattainable, the disappointment over a broken treasure. I enjoyed this book and the way Pierre worked through his problems. This book is not at all what I expected from the title, though!
Didn't like the illustrations or color palette. Got bored very quickly with the story. ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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