Fishing in the Air

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Early in the blue-black morning, a father and son slip out of the house with their fishing poles and a can of worms. But this is no ordinary fishing trip. With their lines and bobbers, they cast high into the air to catch the breeze, the sky, the sun, and best of all -- some wonderful memories.

In her first picture book, Sharon Creech, author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, teams up with Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka to create a beautifully lyrical and richly ...

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Overview

Early in the blue-black morning, a father and son slip out of the house with their fishing poles and a can of worms. But this is no ordinary fishing trip. With their lines and bobbers, they cast high into the air to catch the breeze, the sky, the sun, and best of all -- some wonderful memories.

In her first picture book, Sharon Creech, author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, teams up with Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka to create a beautifully lyrical and richly imagined tale about the powerful bond between a father and son.

A young boy and his father go on a fishing trip and discover the power of imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Author and artist are as inextricably linked as the father and son they portray in this moving meditation on the importance of memories and tradition," wrote PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature
The unnamed boy in this charming, lyrical story of a fishing trip is extraordinarily lucky. His father knows how to describe to his young son even the most ordinary objects and make them magical. Street lamps become tiny little moons, and trees become sentries on guard duty. The breeze comes in bubbles. Birds singing become angels. The father would like to "take those clouds, that sun, those bubbles of breeze, and those angel birds home with me." As the two of them fish companionably, the child, who has a feather on his line instead of a hook, casts the line higher and higher. He asks his father to describe the house in which he grew up, and his own first fishing trip. "And who taught you to fish...?" asks the child His father says, with his eyes closed tight, "it was my father." Now each cast the child makes 'catches' one of the things they have talked about. He will take home more than the fish his father caught. Highly recommended. 2000, Joanna Cotler, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Sharon Creech demonstrates her versatility as a writer for children in this unique look at life and sharing in the great outdoors (HarperCollins, 2000). In this story illustrated by Chris Rashka, a father and son embark on a secret early morning adventure. Through the father's words, the boy can imagine his father's childhood. The father's tale of his childhood home, growing up surrounded by nature and fishing with his father, becomes the boy's own story. The father's subtle comments turn the boy's imagination into a visual feast. Through Jason Harris's mellow reading, the story becomes a celebration of sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and flavors. Harris has a smooth tone, giving the father and son the same voice. After enjoying a day outdoors together, the father and boy realize the similarity in their own histories and their mutual love of nature. Since the spirited illustrations strongly support the text, the book must be available for listeners. A good choice to present father-son relationships and strong male role models.-Sherrie Davidson, Lyn Knoll Elementary School, Aurora, CO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A father shows his son how to "catch" something far better than fish in Newbery-winner Creech's (The Wanderer, p. 379, etc.) first picture book. The young narrator recalls an outing—a journey, as his father promises, to a secret place that turns out to be a riverbank where bubbles of breeze, slices of sun, and vivid memories of another boy and another time hover, waiting to be pulled in on the child's hookless fish line. With dancing swirls and dabs of color, bodies arching across spreads as gracefully as dolphins, and images of past and present flowing together, Raschka (Ring! Yo?, 306, etc.) exuberantly echoes and amplifies the intensity of the shared experience. At the father's suggestions, streetlights become tiny moons; trees in a row transform into soldiers; and recollections of a boyhood home, other fields, and another father swim into view. Creech's prose is rich in flowing rhythms, tinged with sentiment, and no less replete with evocative images than the pictures. " ‘Oh,' my father said again. / ‘Where is that father / and that boy?' / I reeled in my line. / ‘Right here,' I said, / and he turned to look at me, / as I cast my line again / so high, so far." A rare episode, with layers of meaning for readers of several generations. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060516062
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 592,664
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Great Unexpected, The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in Maine.

Chris Raschka, when not creating award-winning children's books such as Another Important Book, Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes, and Caldecott Medal Winner The Hello, Goodbye Window, expands his mind with the poetry of Shelley, Bishop, and Biz Markie.

Good To Know

In her interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Creech shared some fun facts about herself:

"One of my most interesting jobs was in graduate school, working with the Federal Theatre Project archives (a Library of Congress collection, then based at George Mason University). I catalogued original illustrations for set and costume designs, some by Orson Welles. It was fascinating work!"

"I once fell 20 feet from a tree, was knocked unconscious, and when I picked myself up and straggled home, my parents thought I was making it up. However, when my brother and I fabricated a story about an encounter with a bear, they believed that! So maybe I learned very early on that fiction was more interesting to listeners!"

"As readers can probably tell from my books, I love the outdoors. I love to hike, kayak, and swim. I also love to read (which is probably not a surprise) and I love the theater and art museums. I especially love all the instruments of art: inks, pens, paintbrushes, watercolors and oils, fine papers and canvases, and although I love to mess around with these tools and objects, I have minimal artistic skills."

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    1. Hometown:
      Pennington, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 29, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cleveland, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    right on

    this book by sharon creech was sort of confusing but it was okay. Also this book (sorry to say) but it sucks from all the other books she wrote. all it says is about stinky fishing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    fishing in the air

    It is kind of stupid and it doesn't make any sense.It is the worst book I've ever read. Holes is a better book than fishing in the air.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    I thought that this was the best book!!!!!

    I like this book because i like to fish with my dad and it really sounded like me and my dad fishing out at the lake!!

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