Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
Paul is a fish who just circles his bowl, over and over again in different patterns. But his life changes when Bernadette joins him in his bowl. She shows him the world beyond his bowl. They can see boats, forests filled with colorful trees, a cactus, and even an elephant with babies. Of course, what they are thinking they see isn’t really what is there. The objects are far more mundane: bananas, flowers, a clock and a teapot and cups. Paul’s entire world expanded and made room for the outside world but most especially for Bernadette.
Lamb’s book combines a gentle humor with a warm charm. It is a story about the power of one person to open the other’s vision and imagination. It is about transformation but also being able to transform while staying right where you are. Lamb’s illustrations are done in paint, daubed thick enough at times to add plenty of texture to the images. The colors are subtle, the globe the fish live in almost bubble-like as it floats on the page.
This delightful picture book will have young readers wondering what Paul and Bernadette would see in their room too. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.