Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Pierre and Paul are neighbors, friends, and explorers. Pierre speaks French and Paul speaks English, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing their adventures. The boys imagine everyday situations into grand exploits—today, they are climbing the Himalayas!
To fuel their journey, they decide to make a mountainous sandwich. Pierre and Paul add ingredients until the sandwich staggers, topples, and…avalanche! Ham and fromage, laitue and cucumber jumble until they become a salad. The boys don’t really like salad…but explorers have to be brave.
This story is told half in French and half in English, with simple phrasing and visual cues in the illustrations making the story easy for early readers to decode in both languages. Illustrations in a loose, colorful style make this vocabulary-learning tool also an engaging story of friendship and imagination.
About the authors
Caroline Adderson is the author of Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), a novel for middle readers about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno for Real are collections of stories for emergent readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures.
Caroline Adderson also writes for adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Most recently, Caroline was the Vancouver Public Library's 2008 Writer-in-Residence.
Her eight year-old son Patrick and his many friends inspire her children's writing. Caroline and her family live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Alice Carter is an artist, illustrator, and storyteller with a passion for sharing her whimsical imagination. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design who now works with clients from all over the world, Alice is inspired by people watching, music, and every animal she comes across. Her picture books include Angus All Aglow, the Pierre & Paul stories, Our New Kittens, My Puppy Patch, and Teaching Mrs. Muddle. Alice lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection
"This exciting book weaves a single story, with dialogue, lists, and narration in alternating languages, often depending on who is speaking. The effect is wondrous."
Canadian Review of Materials
"An excellent bilingual story for children learning French and English."
School Library Journal
"Adderson’s lively and humorous blending of French and English vocabulary offers a unique invitation to play in two languages – an exploration that young readers et ses parents should find hard to resist."
Quill & Quire – STARRED REVIEW
"The story of two friends, one adventure, and two languages! In a perfect blend of French & English, this gorgeous picture book is accessible to readers of any language! The perfect bilingual book to ease listeners into learning a new language - or just grow those inference skills!"
Second Star to the Right Children's Books
"Alice Carter’s vivacious illustrations are integral to Adderson’s quirky narratives... They explain, complement, and reinforce the action of the plot."
The Ormsby Review
“Pierre & Paul is a truly delightful story about two friends and their imaginary adventures. Fully bilingual, it tells the tale in two languages, relying on context cues and images to help the reader along. The result is a fresh and playful cross-cultural exchange!”
Kirsten Larmon, Munro's Books
"Colorful illustrations, field notes, and cleverly integrated word keys promote comprehension whether readers are fluent in English, French, both, or neither."
Foreword Reviews – STARRED REVIEW
"Very silly and very smart, this distinctive find is worth checking out."
"I love the book. It strikes a great balance between French and English, and the simple, colourful, and eye catching illustrations reinforce the context. I think this book will appeal to parents who have put their children in French Immersion but who don't speak French because the dialogue is simple enough that a non-French speaker can comprehend it. I think it will help students succeed in French whether immersion or core. The timing is right for a series like this. I will recommend this book.”
B. Moore, Library Technician