Nessa's Fish

Nessa's Fish

by Nancy Luenn, Neil Waldman, Neil Waldman
     
 

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Out on the tundra, Nessa and her grandmother have caught more fish than they can carry home. So they pile some rocks on top of their cache to keep away the foxes, and settle in for the night. The next morning, though, Nessa's grandmother awakens too sick to make the journey home, and Nessa must guard over her and the fish until she feels better

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Out on the tundra, Nessa and her grandmother have caught more fish than they can carry home. So they pile some rocks on top of their cache to keep away the foxes, and settle in for the night. The next morning, though, Nessa's grandmother awakens too sick to make the journey home, and Nessa must guard over her and the fish until she feels better

During the day, a fox, a pack of wolves, and a great big bear come to try to steal the fish. But Nessa remembers everything her family told her about these animals, and one by one, she scares them off -- even the great big bear!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Waldman's Bring Back the Deer , which this book greatly resembles in style, Nessa's Fish tells of a girl's vigil over her sick grandmother in the Arctic. Nessa saves both her grandmother and the fish they have caught for the family from a fox, a pack of wolves and a polar bear, by remembering the lessons about animals that her grandfather has taught her. Although the book jacket claims the story is ``an authentic portrayal of life on the Arctic tundra,'' it seems unlikely that in the real world a girl could frighten away a hungry polar bear by singing a song to make it ``feel foolish,'' or by making herself look like a wolf and growling ``These are OUR fish'' she could persuade a large wolf to lower his tail and lead his pack away. Still, as a fantasy story about Nessa's impudent courage, with stunningly designed illustrations, the book will appeal to young readers with an affinity for nature. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
Nessa and her grandmother go fishing, but grandma catches more than she bargained for. She gets ill from something she ate, and they cannot go back home when they planned. Nessa saves the day. She helps nurse her grandmother back to health, protects her from harm and guards the cache of fish from being eaten by a fox, a pack of wolves and a great big bear. It �s a profoundly meaningful experience that shows Nessa how much she has learned, how capable she is and how tall she stands in the eyes of her relatives and of herself. A good "self-esteem book" for young girls illustrated with an emotionally delicate yet powerful hand.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Nessa and her grandmother, alone on an Arctic lake, catch enough fish ``to feed everyone in camp.'' This fast success is quickly threatened when the grandmother falls ill, and they can't return to the group. Now the cache of fish, under a pile of stones, becomes a liability, attracting a fox, a wolf pack, and finally a bear. Nessa, who looks about six, shoos away the fox, growls away the wolves, and, despite her fear, remembers that ``a bear would go away if you made it feel foolish.'' So Nessa sings to the ``skinny old bear:'' ``You can't sing!'' and it does shuffle off across the tundra. She can't send sleep away, but the noise that wakes her is not trouble, but rescue; and her grandmother is recovering. Phosphorescent hues of violet, jade, and ochre shimmer across land, water, and sky: chilly planes of color and light. Waldman's simplified shapes and landscape suit the understated drama of the story, emphasizing both the beauty and the barrenness of the setting. The stark and striking backgrounds allow readers to see the strength of Nessa's Inuit culture, and to admire her personal courage and competence. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689814655
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
One World Friends and Neighbors Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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