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Fishing Sunday
     

Fishing Sunday

by Tony Johnston, Barry Root (Illustrator)
 
One day, a boy sees something magical about Grandfather's handmade fish-hooks - and something magical about Grandfather himself.

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One day, a boy sees something magical about Grandfather's handmade fish-hooks - and something magical about Grandfather himself.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
A young Japanese American boy is embarrassed to be accompanying his Grandfather on a public fishing boat on Fishing Sundays. He is embarrassed by the old man's poor looking old clothes and bare feet, and by the way he is always talking respectfully to the fish, before and after catching them. On this particular Sunday, however, the boy comes to appreciate his Grandfather's almost magical knowledge and feeling for the sea, and even begins to appreciate him. Bright, gouache paintings depict the ocean environment well.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A young Japanese-American boy is embarrassed to be seen in public with his grandfather. On their Sunday fishing trips, the old man dresses in tattered clothes and walks barefoot, exposing ugly feet with sharp black toenails. On the boat, he begs the fish to come to him; when they do, he thanks them. But then one Sunday, the boy hears another fisherman imitating his grandfather, and even catching a fish, so he tries fish-talk himself. No luck, but Grandfather sees the boy's disappointment, comforts him, and gives him a fish-hook he has fashioned out of bone. The boy sees the beauty of the hook, and begins to see his grandfather in another light. Was it the gift that changed the boy's view? Or Grandfather's love? Or the respect shown by other fishermen? Johnston leaves it up to readers to decide. The illustrations, done in watercolor and gouache, are aglow with the sun and alive with the waves, and clouds, and the faces of the people. It is in the faces that the drama of the story can be seenGrandfather's love of life and of his grandson, the boy's growth from resignation to wonder and to love. It's a heartening story about the possibility of change.Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688134587
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.29(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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