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Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing
     

Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing

by Mills, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
 

The ninth book in this beloved series

Gus goes fishing for the first time. Mommy can't help him because she doesn’t fish, and Daddy is completely absorbed in his fancy new fishing gear. Fortunately, Grandpa is there. Grandpa shows Gus how to cast, but Gus gets all tangled up in the line. When he masters casting and lands the lure in the water,

Overview

The ninth book in this beloved series

Gus goes fishing for the first time. Mommy can't help him because she doesn’t fish, and Daddy is completely absorbed in his fancy new fishing gear. Fortunately, Grandpa is there. Grandpa shows Gus how to cast, but Gus gets all tangled up in the line. When he masters casting and lands the lure in the water, nothing bites. Finally he feels something – it gets away. "I want to catch a fish," Gus tells Grandpa. "Keep trying," says Grandpa. "We know they’re out there."

As always, Grandpa gently points Gus in the right direction and Gus finds the way in yet another story, illustrated with watercolor paintings that “reflect the sunny warmth of loving connections passed across generations” (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The short chapters move the story of a summer outing along with a refreshingly complex vocabulary that challenges but never overwhelms new readers. Stock's colorful and energetic watercolors expertly complement the text." —School Library Journal

"Mills has the family dynamic down pat...Stocks's line-and-watercolor scenes, in woodsy greens and river blues, capture the warmth of a close-knit family." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature
Gus and his family, which includes his Grandpa, are getting ready for a day of fishing. It is exciting because Gus has never been fishing before. Grandpa brought along two old fishing poles while Gus's Dad had a brand new set of gear that he had ordered from a catalog. Grandpa taught Gus how to cast and that was so much fun to practice that Gus kept it up for a long time. He wasn't sure that catching a fish would be as much fun, but finally he did try his hand at fishing. Grandpa caught a fish and everyone cheered. Dad was still trying to figure out how to use his fancy new fishing gear. Finally Gus got a bite, but the fish got away. Later in the afternoon after a delicious picnic, Gus caught a fish. Mom and Dad and Skipper the family dog went for a walk, but Gus and Grandpa "the family fishermen" went back to the lake to see if they could catch a few more. Mills has written another delightful intergenerational story and offered an experience that many city kids may never get to enjoy. It brought back memories of the many times I went fishing with my uncle on a lake near the Delaware Water Gap. Stock's loose watercolor illustrations deftly capture all the nuances of the story and definitely make readers feel that they are part of the scene. 2003, Farrar Stauss Giroux, Ages 5 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Gus is excited about his family's fishing trip. Dad has a fancy new rod, Mom's made the picnic lunch, and Grandpa is ready to teach the boy a new skill. Expressive watercolor art successfully captures a classic summer outing. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374328153
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/17/2003
Series:
Gus and Grandpa Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock have collaborated on all the books in the Gus and Grandpa series, including the ALA Notable Book Gus and Grandpa at Basketball. The author lives in Boulder, Colorado, and the artist lives in New York City.

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