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The Little Fish That Got Away

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THE LITTLE FISH THAT GOT AWAY

A little boy goes fishing every day, but he never catches anything–no, not a single fish. So he waits and waits and waits, until one special day when a fish comes swimming by....

Illustrated by the incomparable Crockett Johnson, this simple, engaging story about a little boy and a clever fish was a hit with young readers–and young fishermen–when it was first published in 1957. ...

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THE LITTLE FISH THAT GOT AWAY

A little boy goes fishing every day, but he never catches anything–no, not a single fish. So he waits and waits and waits, until one special day when a fish comes swimming by....

Illustrated by the incomparable Crockett Johnson, this simple, engaging story about a little boy and a clever fish was a hit with young readers–and young fishermen–when it was first published in 1957. This enticing new edition is certain to hook new fans!

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Some old favorites are now available to a new generation of readers. The omniscient narrator of The Little Fish That Got Away by Bernadine Cook, illus. by Crockett Johnson, originally published in 1956, will win readers over as he or she addresses them directly: "Once upon a time there was a little boy who liked to go fishing. See, there he goes, over there on the other page." A clever use of repetition reinforces the boy's patience as he waits for a nibble on his bait, and Johnson's visual variations are so subtle that the pages almost serve as a flip book. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A fish story from 1956 introduces a little boy who likes to go fishing with a tree limb, a worm, and a pin. Although he never catches anything, on this particular day he finally does hook three big ones, but the little one gets away. The boy pulls them home in his wagon and his mother cooks them for supper, where the little boy eats the biggest one. The simple cumulative/predictable story is stretched to a respectable length with its repetition of action and words inviting young listeners to chant and chuckle. Johnson was already famous for his Barnaby comic strip in PM Magazine and had recently published Harold and the Purple Crayon to acclaim. The pictures are rendered in his signature minimalist style; this new edition has a more eye-catching cover and a heightened color palette for the illustrations (broad bands of bright turquoise water; the boy wearing lime green pants and a tomato red T-shirt). Although the text seems a bit dated, it still rolls along and adults will enjoy seeing a household where Father comes to supper in a jacket and tie and Mother cleans and cooks fish in a white apron over a house dress. The swinging rhythms of the text and the good humor evident in the illustrations remain fun for the youngest readers and will justify keeping the book in print as a classic of children's literature and an example of the style and wit in the work of both Cook and Johnson. 2005 (orig. 1956), HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 7.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060557140
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/29/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernadine Cook is the author of many books for children, including Looking for Susie and The Little Puppy That Lost Its Tail. She has five children and many grandchildren and lives in Durand, Michigan.

Crockett Johnson is the much-loved author and illustrator of five books about Harold and The Purple Crayon. He is also the illustrator of The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

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