Overview

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the ...
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Gone Fishing

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Overview

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling."
Publishers Weekly

"A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip. . . . This tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers."
Kirkus

"Engaging verse that's just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers. . . A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry."
Booklist

"All of Sam's episodes take the form of poems, each discreetly labeled by its poetic form, which is then defined at the end of the book. . . most will enjoy the notion that there are as many ways to tell a tale as to catch a fish."
Bulletin

"This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. . . . Wissinger deftly plies her craft to ensure that the use of poetry enhances the readability of the story"
School Library Journal, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547824130
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 561,165
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Tamera Wissinger was inspired to write this novel-in-verse after writing "Night Crawlers," a poem that stemmed from her fun childhood memories of night crawler hunting with her dad before fishing trips. A graduate of Hamline University’s MFA Writing for Children program, Tamera Wissinger shares her time between Chicago and Florida. This is her first book.

Matthew Cordell has illustrated many picture and chapter books for children, including the picture book Hello Hello. He lives with his wife and their two children outside of Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at www.matthewcordell.com.

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Sam

NIGHT CRAWLERS

Tercet Variation

 

Dark night.

Flashlight.

Dad and I hunt worms tonight.

 

Grass slick.

Worms thick.

Tiptoe near and grab them quick.

 

Hold firm.

They squirm.

Tug-o-war with earth and worm.

 

Ninety-four.

Worms galore.

Set our bucket near the door.

 

Next day.

No delay.

Look out, fish — we’re on our way!

 

Sam

JUST DAD AND ME

Free Verse Poem

 

For fishing tomorrow

it’s just us two.

Not Mom, not Grandpa,

not Lucy.

 

It’ll be like playing catch or

painting the garage.

Just Dad and me.

Fishing.

 

Sam

MY TACKLE BOX

Switcheroo Poem

 

I love my fishing tackle box — it’s green and blue and gold.

My grandpa gave it to me when I wasn’t very old.

 

I need to get it ready for tomorrow at the lake.

We’re leaving in the morning just as soon as we’re awake.

 

One tiny click and now my treasure chest is open wide.

A shelf with lots of little spaces holds my gear inside.

 

My silver sinkers, wiggle worms, my floating frogs, my line.

My shiny spinner lures, my bobbers, hooks—there’re 29.

 

The shelf is on a hinge—it hides my secret space below.

It’s where I keep my special treasures out of sight—OH NO!

 

. . . Where’s my compass?

Where’s my map?

Where’s my lucky fishing cap?

 

Where’s my stringer?

Something’s wrong!

 

This princess doll does not belong!

 

. . . What is this?

A throne?

A crown?

A polka-dotted circus clown?

A tiny bottle of perfume?

 

I smell Lucy in my room!

 

Lucy

FISHING FOR PRETEND

Dramatic Poem for One, Quatrains

 

Oh, Sam—you’re here. Come on, let’s play!

I’m fishing for pretend tonight.

It’s fun to use your gear this way.

Hold on, I think I have a bite.

 

Your map’s a paper fishing boat.

Your compass is the steering wheel.

I think our boat could really float.

It would be fun to fish for real.

 

Your stringer makes a tiny lake.

I didn’t crumple up your map.

Your compass works—it didn’t break.

I sure do like your fishing cap.

 

I didn’t snoop—I made a trade.

Stay here, sit down, don’t go away.

Don’t you like the boat I made?

Your fishing stuff is fun—come play!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Amazing

    Never read this book but by the short summery of it,it sounds reall good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustr

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
    Houghton Mifflin, 2013
    Novel in Verse: Humorous/Realistic
    120 pages
    Recommended for grades 2-5




    What a great mentor text this is for poetry writing!  I am feeling wheels turning around how to use this as a mentor text throughout the year.  Students could try a hand at all the various poetic forms (ballad, couplet, double dactyl), try incorporating new poetic techniques (assonance, metaphor and refrain), while learning poetic terms (rhyme, rhythm) and having fun!  
    You will love this book, a sure addition to the classroom library!

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