Pierre and His Friends

Written by W. G. Van de Hulst, Illustrated by W. G. Van de Hulst Jr Pierre, sick and confined to bed, cannot play with other children. He must find enjoyment in what he sees outside his window: the sky above and the canal below. Pierre discovers beauty in the daily...

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Written by W. G. Van de Hulst, Illustrated by W. G. Van de Hulst Jr

Pierre, sick and confined to bed, cannot play with other children. He must find enjoyment in what he sees outside his window: the sky above and the canal below. Pierre discovers beauty in the daily sights and sounds that enter his open window and they become his companions.

One day Pierre hears strange noises coming from the canal. Young boys have come into the quiet canal, shattering Pierre's peaceful routine. They see Pierre in his window and an unusual relationship develops between Pierre and the group of boys, as they come back again and again.

During a local holiday, Pierre receives a surprise visit from his companions, and in an exuberant ceremony he is made mayor of the city. When the boys return to the canal several days later, Pierre's window is empty. Before he died, however, Pierre left a gift with his grandfather for each of his friends... What was it and why?

"A story of friendship and love during WWI, when the Netherlands sheltered numerous Belgian refugees. ‘The poetic tone, the well-crafted characterization, and the touching events treated within a Christian framework make this book well worth the reading.’" - Christian Home and School. Ages 10 and up.

 Hardcover, 176 pages, b/w illustrations

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