Carmen, Yvette, and Bernadette at La Baguette

Carmen, Yvette, and Bernadette at La Baguette

by John G. Gurley
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Carmen, Yvette, and Bernadette at La Baguette by John G. Gurley

Each day, John, Yvette, and Carmen meet at a small café, La Baguette, for breakfast, where several pigeons make their home. It is there they find Bernadette, a rather special pigeon. The loving trio extends their welcome to this wounded pigeon, nursing her back to health and turning their trio into a loving foursome. Not all stories can have a happy ending, however. This is a story of love which teaches us that while bad things may happen in the world, happy times can always be remembered.

About the Author

John Gurley is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D. He taught economics at Princeton University, did research in economics at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D. C., and was a professor of economics at Stanford from 1961 until his retirement in 1987. He and his wife, Yvette, continued to live on the Stanford campus until 2005, when they moved into a retirement home, also on Stanford land. He and Yvette have been married 69 years. His time in retirement has given him plenty of time to learn new things, including how to describe his and his friends' love for a pigeon, and her love for them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480910935
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

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Carmen, Yvette, and Bernadette at La Baguette 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
aw, what a sweet and special story! I admit I wasn’t sure what I’d feel about reading a short story about a pigeon, but this one rally captured my heart! And I just love the way the author John G Gurley writes, with such down to earth realness and with a loving ‘voice’. He really gives life and personality to Bernadette and we grow to love her as they did. A sad and unexpected twist of fate changes the ending into a more somber book than I would have hoped, but I suppose that’s life, especially in the animal world. As they say, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” This book made me smile.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
what a delightful read! I enjoyed following Bernadette’s story and the relationship between this unique bird and the trio (John, Carmen, and Yvette). I liked their special “connection”. We can picture the scenes and everything perfectly, because it is very well written and with great pictures. It was fun to read about Bernadette’s peculiar habits and how she transformed in the 3 months that they were a ‘foursome’. Unfortunately the good times couldn’t last forever, but the friendship is one that will provide memories for a lifetime.
essieh More than 1 year ago
this short book was so sweet and charming… right up until the end! That is a sad ending, and I was a bit disappointed because I think my youngest would have loved to read it, but personally I thought the ending was too harsh for him… I know that is life and all, especially for wild animals. But it’s almost the author’s own fault… he talks of Bernadette so lovingly and gives her such a personality that we really feel like we know her too, and we fall in love too so it is upsetting! But up until the end (and BTW I’m imagining a whole different scenario where she just went to another restaurant for a while…) I loved it.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
"Carmen, Yvette, and Bernadette at La Baguette” by John G. Gurley is a very quick, but lovely read. It tells the story of how he and his late wife and their caretaker make daily trips to the coffee shop across the street from their retirement home. One day they notice a wounded bird and help it. The bird returns the next day and they form a special bond. But nothing is forever, and while the ending may not be what we would hope for, the story was adorable and I enjoyed it. Probably not best for real young kids, but older ones on up will like it.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I really enjoyed reading this short story by John G. Gurley. It showed lots of heart and compassion. It was charming, and even funny in parts (loved the pic with the ‘bullies in the basement’) and was a completely different type of story than I was expecting. I enjoyed the pictures, and my heart broke a little (okay, a lot) at the ending, but the memories of that special pigeon will always be cherished.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I read several other short books by this author John G. Gurley that are about his late wife and their time and experiences at the Memory Support unit in Palo Alto, and I really enjoyed them and particularly the authors John G. Gurley’s writing style. It is so real and intimate. This is different than the others in that it is about a special bird named “Bernadette” who befriends the trio of John, his wife, and their helper, Carmen. I thought this book was totally adorable. Love reading a book where the animals are the stars and just as big of characters as the people are. I can't say enough good things about this book, do yourself a favor buy it! You'll smile and laugh and love it each time you read it!