“A Little Called Pauline pairs Bianca Stone’s intricately animated images with Stein’s delectable word mouthfuls. It’s a wonder. There is the delight of discovery on every page—peer at what Pauline is typing on a typewriter, examine the tiny Polaroids, track a bat flying to market in sunglasses. Because of this book, I hope to overhear a child saying, ‘a little lace makes boils’ and their parent responding, ‘This is not true’.
—Matthea Harvey, author of five books of poetry as well as two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake.
“A challenging and pleasurable book that little readers and their grown-ups can get lost and found in as they laugh at the silly lyrical sounds that Stone coaxes into something akin to sense…a true delight!”—Jennifer L. Miller, PhD, Raise Them Righteous
About The Book
Pauline lives with her mom in a house on stilts by the sea. A Little Called Pauline is the first picture book adaptation of a poem from Gertrude Stein’s groundbreaking 1914 book Tender Buttons. Featuring vibrant illustrations from poet-artist Bianca Stone, A Little Called Pauline invites young readers to experience Stein’s playful, mysterious language for the very first time and to delight in the adventures of a girl named Pauline. According to Stone’s afterword, “Pauline likes to do things her mom does, like type on a typewriter, and she doesn’t like to wear dresses. She also really, really wants to get a fancy crown at the market on her birthday, but they don’t have enough money…and Pauline throws a bit of a tantrum. Later, while her mom has a grownup birthday party for her, she runs away and jumps into a little boat. She rows out to sea. And all her family friends are searching for her. She sees all kinds of beautiful sights on her boat, but then things go terribly wrong, and Pauline needs to be rescued. In the end she is so glad for what she has, more than any crown to put on her head. Because she has a whole group of friends and family who love her—especially her mom.”