Paisley

Paisley

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by Maggie Smith
     
 

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Paisley has been sitting on the shelf at Big & Little Toys too long. He’s seen other animals come and go, but somehow he’s never found his perfect match. And so, taking matters into his own hands, Paisley sets off on a quest to find the special someone he knows is out there for him. He braves many perils in his search, but his intrepid determination is

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Paisley has been sitting on the shelf at Big & Little Toys too long. He’s seen other animals come and go, but somehow he’s never found his perfect match. And so, taking matters into his own hands, Paisley sets off on a quest to find the special someone he knows is out there for him. He braves many perils in his search, but his intrepid determination is rewarded when he finds the girl of his dreams at last.

Well, that’s the way Paisley tells the story. Maggie Smith’s wonderfully warm and touchable pictures tell a different tale. In truth, Paisley is mistakenly thrown away, tossed about, and then left in the lost and found at Lolly’s Laundry, where a curious little girl happily discovers him.

But when Pearl and Paisley get together, it doesn’t matter who found who—they are a perfect match.
Children will laugh at Paisley’s almost-true telling of his tale and will readily understand his need to feel like he’s in control. Sure to melt your heart, this is a love story that celebrates the power of a positive outlook.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Paisley the toy elephant watches in frustration as her fellow stuffed animals in the "Big 'N Little Toys" Shop find their "Perfect Match." Paisley gets even more concerned when the new stock boy puts her in a darker corner of the toy store. Paisley, though, is one determined toy, and when the opportunity presents itself, she sets out on a quest. Shifting from box to laundry basket, ferocious dog to a friendly man who puts her in the Lost and Found at the Laundromat, Paisley keeps her spirits up as she continues her search for her special friend. Paisley's delightful journey to Pearl—her own Special Someone—is enhanced by Smith's charming, colorful illustrations. I also enjoyed the all-knowing way in which Paisley talked of her search; after she has been saved from the Lost and Found by Pearl and is being carried home, past the puzzled faces of the toy shop owner and his helper, she notes: "As we passed my old digs, I waved to the Two Misters. I knew they could see I was finally where I belonged." Later that evening, crushed under Pearl's sleeping body, Paisley says, "That night I got to sleep in a warm, cozy bed for the very first time." The examples of situational irony are simply an added humorous bonus for parents reading this book to their children. A delightful read. 2004, Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 3 to 8.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Paisley is a small stuffed elephant named for the design on his fabric. After he is mistakenly tossed out with the garbage at the toy store, he finds his way to a Laundromat, is put through the wash, and ends up in the lost-property box. Finally, a little girl wearing a paisley-patterned dress discovers him and takes him home. Told from the toy's point of view, this story of accidental abandonment is transformed into a tale about the elephant's heroic search for the "Perfect Match"-the right child to go home with. The exaggerated tone of the text, with its tongue-in-cheek reinvention of what really happens as seen in the illustrations, is very funny. Youngsters will relate to Paisley's powerlessness to control his fate, a problem that they face every day. Smith's illustrations are a sampler of colorful fabric designs and patterns; the characters' clothing features an eye-catching mix of madras, gingham, flower prints, stripes, and checks.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Smith's hilarious tale recounts the misadventures of a stuffed elephant's search to discover his "Perfect Match." Tired of languishing in the toy store, the intrepid pachyderm decides to take fate into his own hands (feet?) and seek out his significant other/owner. Smith's narrative reads like a kid's version of a detective story. This, coupled with her illustrations that reveal the true scoop, results in a very funny accounting, with plenty of appeal for older readers who will appreciate the irony. With tongue-in-cheek, Smith has Paisley recount his epic endeavors to discover Miss Right even as he stoutly overcomes harrowing obstacles. Her full-bleed illustrations, full of pattern (flowers for the flowery, gingham for the gingham-clad), offer lots to study in the details. The juxtaposition of Paisley's brave commentary and his passive reality will leave readers with the giggles. However, humor aside, Smith's tale of true bliss discovered and dreams achieved sends a heart-warming message that younger readers can treasure. (Picture book.5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375821646
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Maggie Smith is the author and illustrator of many enchanting picture books. The author lives in Westerly, RI.

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Paisley 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wonders what will become of her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cougarpool is locked out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When will she or he be born?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scarely he cryed and ran to adderstar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
shhhhh..... be quiet please im playing hide and seek with the camp dont tell any one im here now go along
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yeah, let your heart lead you forward! Not back...." she mewed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits under a tree
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I havent been on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay!!!