Granddad's Fishing Buddy

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It is summer on the lake, and Sara wants to fish with her granddad and his special fishing buddy. She promises that she will keep real quiet so she won’t scare the fish, that she can row a boat without making it turn in circles, and that she can bait a hook . . . maybe. Granddad is convinced and they take a boat out on the water together. There, Sara meets the best fisherman on the lake, learns all of her granddad’s fishing secrets, and creates some of her very own.

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Overview

It is summer on the lake, and Sara wants to fish with her granddad and his special fishing buddy. She promises that she will keep real quiet so she won’t scare the fish, that she can row a boat without making it turn in circles, and that she can bait a hook . . . maybe. Granddad is convinced and they take a boat out on the water together. There, Sara meets the best fisherman on the lake, learns all of her granddad’s fishing secrets, and creates some of her very own.

Lyrical with touches of spot-on humor, this story captures the fun and loving relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather, and their interaction with the natural world. Glowingly radiant artwork brings their relationship to life as Sara learns that sometimes the best fishing buddy is not always who you expect!

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Sara is spending some time with her grandparents. Too excited to sleep, she hears Granddad up and about. When she asks why he is awake while the sky is still dark, he tells her he is meeting his fishing buddy. Standing straight and tall, Sara is eager to appear big and old enough to go along. Granddad asks her if she can be quiet, so as not to scare the fish ("yes"), if she can row the boat ("yes"), if she can put a worm on a hook ("no problem," but her heart is not so sure). After leaving a note for Grandmama, the two set off on for a wonderful morning on the lake. Sara is curious about the fishing buddy, but Granddad says that he will meet them on the lake. Other fishermen greet them as they float about on the lake, but none turns out to be the "buddy." Then a large shadow soars above them, and Sara sees a heron alight at the edge of the lake, where he catches a fish. Granddad instructs Sara to row quietly toward the bird. Sara and Granddad catch fish of their own. When the heron flies to another part of the lake, they row (quietly) after him again…catching fish each time. Sara soon realizes that the heron is Granddad's "fishing buddy." Jorisch's charming watercolor illustrations reflect his own experiences on northern lakes and capture the colors, breezes, and dreaminess of fishing in the early morning hours. The combination of art and text serves to tell the gentle story of a grandfather and granddaughter in an unforgettable memory-making moment. Oh, by the way, Sara used red licorice instead of worms. She shared her secret with Granddad—it worked quite well.
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Sara is visiting her grandparents at their lakeside cottage. When she hears Granddad getting up early in the morning, she jumps up, too, and inquires where he's going. Fishing with his buddy, he says, and Sara convinces him to take her along. As they row across the lake, Sara keeps looking for the buddy, but Granddad just waves to all the other fishermen. She masters her angling skills, with the exception of putting the worm on the hook (she uses a piece of licorice instead). A heron appears and plucks a fish out of the water. Granddad instructs Sara to row over to it and they both start catching fish. When the bird moves to a new location, they follow. Sara realizes that Granddad's fishing buddy is the heron; he stirs up the fish as he wades through the shallows. By the book's end, Granddad has a new fishing buddy: Sara, of course. Done in pencil, watercolor, and gouache, the illustrations are perfect for the tone of the story. The early-morning lake scene is suitably foggy and clears up as the day progresses. The characters, with their bright clothing and smiling faces, stand out nicely from the green and gray tones of the watery backdrops. A pleasing choice for intergenerational sharing.
—Ieva BatesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803729421
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Quigley lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Stéphane Jorisch lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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