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HOW TO CATCH A FISH
Author: John Frank, illustrated by Peter Sylvada
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Jun 2009
13 linked verses & handsome, mood-drenched paintings show how we catch fish - from New England to the Arctic, to Japan & Namibia & beyond. This lovely picture book about fishing, geography, people & customs, & the bond between parent & child fishing together will appeal to everyone who's cast a line in the water. Full color t/out; 8.5x11 inches, 32 pgs.
A FISHING TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
Thirteen linked verses & handsome, mood-drenched paintings show how we catch fish--from New England to the Arctic, to Japan & Namibia & beyond. This lovely picture book--about fishing, geography, people & customs, & the bond between parent & child fishing together--will appeal to everyone who's cast a line in the water.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
There definitely isn?t just one way, as Frank & Sylvada demonstrate in deft poetry & impressionistic scenes of anglers worldwide. The text, which can be read as either one long poem or a series of untitled short ones, creates a harmonious rhythm with subtle shifts of beat & occasional rhyming: ?Propelled by currents swift & strong, / our fishwheel rotates round & round, / its soft metallic hollow sound / as rhythmic as a beaten drum. . . . ? In the art, indistinct figures?almost invariably an adult & a child together?cast lures, flies or nets, stand in boats or drop lines off a dock, check for likely spots or proudly display catches. Along with glimpses of ice fishers on Baffin Island, snorklers in New Caledonia, seine fishers in Tobago, cormorant tenders in Japan & more, sensitive young readers will catch a feeling here for the universal ties between parent & child that rise from any shared activity. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Kirkus Reviews
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Frank is the author of several children's books, including The Tomb of the Boy King, & The Toughest Cowboy: Or How the Wild West Was Tamed, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon winner. He lives in Redmond, Washington.
Peter Sylvada illustrates, creates fine art, & fishes. His first of several picture books, A Symphony of Whales, was among other honors, a Christopher Medal Award winner & a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.