Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

Maurice Sendak / Dec 05, 2020

Pierre A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue For over fifty years children have cared about Pierre Maurice Sendak s story about a little boy who doesn t care about anything And they will continue to care about this classic cautionary tale in t

  • Title: Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue
  • Author: Maurice Sendak
  • ISBN: 9780064432528
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • For over fifty years, children have cared about Pierre, Maurice Sendak s story about a little boy who doesn t care about anything And they will continue to care about this classic cautionary tale in this durable board book format.

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      • Maurice Sendak

        Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children s literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963 An elementary school from kindergarten to grade five in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Walt Disney s film Fantasia at the age of twelve His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff He spent much of the 1950s working as an artist for children s books, before beginning to write his own stories.


    1. “Pierre: A Cautionary Tale” is apart of the Nutshell Kids Library collection by Maurice Sendak and is one of the most exciting one out of all the stories of the collection. “Pierre: A Cautionary Tale” is about a young boy named Pierre who never cared about hurting other people’s feelings until a lion comes for a visit. This book will definitely be a cult favorite among children who are fans of Maurice Sendak’s works. Maurice Sendak has done a superb job at both illustrating and writi [...]

    2. youtu/hCEBLHd0v6II've included a link to Carole King's musical version of this classic children's story.A fabulous combination of talent - Sendak's lyrical words and King's beautiful voice. The copy I read was printed in 2013 but includes the original 1962 cover. The artwork in this story is also really well done; classic Sendak style.What I didn't know?? This book is part of The Nutshell Library:One was JohnnyChicken Soup With RiceAlligators All AroundPierreTo sum it up this is "a story with a [...]

    3. Odd, but entertaining story about a little boy who doesn't care. I've never been much of a fan of Maurice Sendak's work, but I thought this was a clever and humorous tale. The illustrations are simple and the chapters are very short. I am not sure if this book is appropriate for younger children, but older children will likely be able to appreciate the wry wit. interesting quote:"The moral of Pierre is: CARE!" (p. 48)

    4. I just finished reading this 4 times in a row with my six year old. He read most of it to me, then asked me to read it to give the voices the proper tone.He always doubts me when I say "Oh, this is a good one! I LOVED this one when I was your age!" but this time he listened to me, and he loved it.LOVED.His favourite parts involve the lion (of course) - he loves the satisfied smirk on his face when Pierre is eaten and watching Pierre's father smacking the lion with the chair.I'm glad I found a co [...]

    5. My kindergarten class did a skit to the song about how Pierre doesn't care and for years I couldn't figure out where the song was from and why it haunted me. I would even sing the one part I knew to people once in a while and no one could tell me more about it. I finally figured it out at the Maurice Sendak exhibit at the Jewish Museum about three years ago. It was like a revelation.

    6. Author: Maurice Sendak Genre: Fiction Picture Book Publication Info: Harper Collins Publishers Inc.: 1991Reading Level: Ages 4-8Topic/Theme: caringIssues Addressed: It is better to care about something than to not care at all. Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading Summary: Pierre responds to everything with "I don't care." He does not care about anything. He does not care what his mother thinks. He does not care what he eats. Pierre is a comical character who learns to care.Text and im [...]

    7. I never really liked this one as a child. Pierre getting eaten because he 'doesn't care'? It always just seemed to me that Pierre was just trying to do his own thing and avoid arbitrary directives. OK, not pouring syrup in your hair is a good idea, but not standing on your head, and to be killed for either?!? The 'moral' seems more like 'conform unquestioningly to authority or you will risk being killed for it'.

    8. Arriving homeat six o'clock,his parents hadA dreadful shock!They found the lionsick in bedand cried,"Pierre is surely dead!"hahaha

    9. When I was little, my mother always pulled out this book and read it to us whenever we told her that we didn't care. Now whenever anyone says that they don't care, I automatically think of this silly book. I really like the book and the moral is a good one.

    10. I LOVE Carol King's song about Pierre better than the book. I think it's because I'm not fond of Sendak's artwork.

    11. Pierre is a boy who just doesn't seem to care about anything, that is until he is eaten by a lion. The moral of this story runs true for any parent, "care". The story and illustrations by Maurice Sendak are simple, stylized and interestingly enough the little boy resembles the little boy in Where the Wild Things Are. The story is short, and my children thought it was funny, although I found the repetition of the "I don't care" to be irritating. This was not my favorite Sendak book, but I see val [...]

    12. I remember enjoying reading this story to my students, and I also enjoyed the cassette tape (at the time) of the story put to song, sung by Carole King. Cute story about a little boy with an attitude who gets eaten by a lion. When he gets shaken back out of the lion, he has a whole new attitude! :)

    13. Prologue, from the book:"There once was a boy named Pierrewho only would say, "I don't care!"Read his story, my friend, for you'll find at the endthat a suitable moral lies there."

    14. So a nutshell: If you're a bratty kid who gets left home alone, a lion will break in and eat you?!?!?I know, I know. This is one of those "classics" that readers and critics alike praise to the heavens. But I somehow completely missed it as a child. Forgive me. I was busy reading stories about horses, unicorns, mermaids, and brave little boys and girls who ventured into the woods/jungles and DIDN'T get eaten by animals (not lions, not tigers, not bears not even wolves). In fact, usually said chi [...]

    15. Although Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue, was published over fifty years ago, I believe this story to be relevant and timeless. The story centers around an apathetic and disrespectful child named Pierre who is continuously indulged by his parents. Pierre engages in spoiled brat behaviors such as pouring syrup on his hair and making messes for his parents to clean up, constantly repeating the phrase, "I don't care." While having something of a tantrum, Pierre gets left h [...]

    16. . HTML to use: [**Warning: this text may contain spoilers.**] Link to [amazon]Link toPierre: a Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue (By: Maurice Sendak) [published: April, 2007] [amazon/Pierre-Caution]This is bold text. [This is bold text ] This is italic text. [This is italic text ] This text is underlined. [This is underlined text ] This text is striked out. [This is striked out text ] This is block quote [This is block quote text ] This would be a new paragraph on GR but not a new [...]

    17. Pierre: A Cautionary tale was a super fun book. In the book Pierre is a spoiled boy who always said “I don’t care” it didn’t matter what was happening, Pierre didn’t care. He then gets eaten by a lion where they still hear him saying he doesn’t care but eventually when he realizes he might not get out the parents get him to care about something. The lion gets sick and Pierre gets spit out and he becomes a much sweeter kid. I think this is a great story to use in the class when talkin [...]

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    19. I like Sendak's distinctive illustrations, but I think children will relate to the humor in this book, and Pierre's defiance of his parents with his"I don't care!" answers to every question, better than I did. What may be laugh-out-loud funny to a young reader was just irritating for me. Although Pierre's impudence distracted me from the moral (this is, afer all, "a cautionary tale"), it might not for other readers; this is a very subjective review! And, again, the illustrations are great and do [...]

    20. Read in October 2017I'm going to go out on a limb and say I enjoyed this book even more than Where The Wild Things Are. The story is cute, but I love the darker undertone and the bratty Pierre. Listening to the Dresden Dolls and/or Carole King song version makes it stick in my head for days (and weeks) at a time. I remember saying "I don't care" a lot as a child, so I guess I should be grateful I didn't get eaten by a lion. (That said, as bratty as Pierre is, I think him saying "I don't care" is [...]

    21. Pierre doesn’t care; however, at the end, he learned to CARE! I found a rhythm as I was reading and words that rhyme with Pierre. The visual images are all on the recto side, while the texts are on the verso side. I like how this mini chapter gives a clue who is going to be part the chapter. Like for example, the cover of chapter 1 page has a rectangular picture frame above the chapter, with him sitting at the table and his mother bringing him a bowl of cream of wheat. The images don’t have [...]

    22. Premise: Little boy says "I don't care" and get eaten by a lion, but it all works out and the lion becomes friends with the boy and his family.Artwork: Classic Sendak. Not particularly well drawn, but somehow enduring.Downside: Much like Aesop's fable, this story ends with a moral. The moral is, "Care!" But's pretty unlikely you'll be eaten by a lion for not caring. So I'm conflicted on the message.

    23. The tone of this book, seeping through the simple sing-song poetry, leaves no doubt who wrote this otherwise typical-looking book and provides some wicked chuckles amid the cheerful moralizing against apathy. It's not necessarily a classic, but it's definitely a fun read.

    24. The book says that the point of the story is that you should Care. So, I guess it's anti-apathy?While it's broken into 5 chapters, it's really no longer than many picture books and feels more like a picture book than an early reader.

    25. I just discovered this book recently during my lunch break at the public library. Sendak delivers.My son gets a kick out of saying "I don't care."

    26. A boy with a terrible attitude is eaten by a lion and learns a valuable life lesson.This would make a great movie.I think DeNiro would make an excellent lion.

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