A Place for Pauline

A Place for Pauline

Written by: Mahiout, Anouk
Illustrated by: Perreten, Marjolaine
ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1

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As the eldest child in a large family, Pauline struggles to find her niche, and she longs for peace and quiet — a charming story in graphic-novel style.

Pauline lives with her mother, father, little brother and sister, and there’s a new baby on the way. Her friends tell her she’s lucky to be the eldest — she’s the one who gets new clothes and can stay up late — but Pauline isn’t so sure. In her busy, crowded, noisy house, she never knows what she’s supposed to do. One minute she’s told to help her little sister, and the next to leave her alone! It seems like she’s never in the right place at the right time, and her brother seems determined to prevent her from reading in peace.

So Pauline finds a secret hideaway, and in this quiet place, surrounded by her precious belongings, she can read her favorite books, make up stories and imagine being as free as a bird. But most of all, she dreams of sailing off to France where her grandmother lives, and one day she decides to do just that … 

Funny and touching, this story highlights the importance of finding our place, while gently exploring feelings about solitude, freedom, independence and the comforts of home.


Key Text Features

comic

comic strips

dialogue

illustrations

lyrics

panels

song lyrics

speech bubbles


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

As the eldest child in a large family, Pauline struggles to find her niche, and she longs for peace and quiet — a charming story in graphic-novel style.

Pauline lives with her mother, father, little brother and sister, and there’s a new baby on the way. Her friends tell her she’s lucky to be the eldest — she’s the one who gets new clothes and can stay up late — but Pauline isn’t so sure. In her busy, crowded, noisy house, she never knows what she’s supposed to do. One minute she’s told to help her little sister, and the next to leave her alone! It seems like she’s never in the right place at the right time, and her brother seems determined to prevent her from reading in peace.

So Pauline finds a secret hideaway, and in this quiet place, surrounded by her precious belongings, she can read her favorite books, make up stories and imagine being as free as a bird. But most of all, she dreams of sailing off to France where her grandmother lives, and one day she decides to do just that … 

Funny and touching, this story highlights the importance of finding our place, while gently exploring feelings about solitude, freedom, independence and the comforts of home.


Key Text Features

comic

comic strips

dialogue

illustrations

lyrics

panels

song lyrics

speech bubbles


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Sep 6, 2022
Specifications 48 pages | 8 in x 9.5 in
Written By

ANOUK MAHIOUT is a designer and author who has a master’s degree in literature from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She has worked in television and as a content producer for Radio-Canada. She has also studied writing at École nationale de l’humour, and she is currently creating a web series. Anouk lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Illustrated by

MARJOLAINE PERRETEN studied design and multimedia at ERACOM (École romande d’arts et communication) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and taught herself animation. She has worked for various production companies and studied directing at La Poudrière in Bourg-lès-Valence, France. She founded an animation film festival in Savigny, Switzerland, and currently works as a director, illustrator and multimedia designer. She lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Written By

ANOUK MAHIOUT is a designer and author who has a master’s degree in literature from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She has worked in television and as a content producer for Radio-Canada. She has also studied writing at École nationale de l’humour, and she is currently creating a web series. Anouk lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Illustrated by

MARJOLAINE PERRETEN studied design and multimedia at ERACOM (École romande d’arts et communication) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and taught herself animation. She has worked for various production companies and studied directing at La Poudrière in Bourg-lès-Valence, France. She founded an animation film festival in Savigny, Switzerland, and currently works as a director, illustrator and multimedia designer. She lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Audience ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1
Key Text Features

comic; comic strips; dialogue; illustrations; lyrics; panels; song lyrics; speech bubbles

Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3