Life in a Fishing Community

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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
As other titles in the series "Learn About Rural Life", this book discusses life in a small town whose residents are mainly employed in a single primary industry, such as fishing. The fishing industry is described in general terms including methods of fishing and kinds of fish. The town that this book discusses is Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in Canada. Many people in the town make their living from fishing or ship-building and the other residents work in support jobs such as in banking or service jobs. One of the main attractions in the town of Lunenburg is the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Tourists visit the town year round. The book discusses the life of a lobster fishing family in greater detail, letting readers know that weather is a factor in the fishing industry and in the daily lives of the residents of the town. Nice features in the book include a glossary of fishing terms, an index, and a list of additional resources. The book is relatively brief, making it an easy read for younger students but also making it too superficial to use as a single source when researching a class project or assignment. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These titles start off identically, contrasting rural and urban settings, and then branch off into their respective topics. Each book focuses on one particular town and how the people there live and work. In Fishing, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is brought to light. In Mining, readers are introduced to Wright, a small community in Wyoming. While the writing tends to be dry, it is clear. Fonts are big and sentences are short. Large, colorful, clearly captioned photographs show all sorts of people involved in the respective industry. A "Facts and Figures" page, complete with a map, is included in each work. Solid titles for reports.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778750727
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Learn about Rural Life
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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