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When Reenie and her mother, who are African Americans, go fishing, Reenie decides to share the secret of their success with their needy white neighbors.
Posted October 28, 2008
A story about an African American mother and her daughter, Reenie, who love to go fishing with one another every Saturday. However, their fishing trip often gets interrupted by a Caucasian father and his son, Pigeon. These two families always seem to run into each other along the banks of the Jim Crow River. Reenie and her mother are constantly catching fish, while Pigeon and his father never do. Pigeon is a very active boy and likes to throw rocks into the river, scaring all the fish away. The two families never talk because African Americans like to keep their distance from the white folks. The two males end up breaking their reel and Pigeon's dad heads for his truck to make repairs. Reenie is quick to act and runs over to Pigeon and offers him some help. Pickney does a wonderful job telling a story about a very difficult time in history and makes it easy for younger children to understand. The illustrations are amazing and really capture every meaning of the text. Children will feel like they are standing right next to the characters along the Jim Crow River banks. In the end, Reenie and Pigeon are able to overcome being strangers and become friends. This story is about differences and similiarities and would be wonderful to use in a lower elementary classroom to teach social studies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.