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Children's LiteratureThis rollicking salute to North American fish includes the rhyming names of some 46 fish found in the fresh waters of North America north of Mexico. Most are native to the United States and Canada. Park's hilarious digitally created paintings manage to preserve the fish's identifying characteristics while posing them in various antic situations. For instance, "Chestnut Lamprey, lookin' odd./Pupgish, Catfish, Cod, Cod, Cod!" depicts a hungry lamprey with his mouth open facing a page of a pupfish being walked by a catfish toward a fire hydrant while a cod grins out at the reader. Sayre includes a paragraph of information about each of the fish so that interested readers can learn where the fish got its name, where it is found, an interesting fact or two, and whether this fish is endangered or not. Great fun for fisherfolk and a good companion to James Proseck's beautifully illustrated salute to the sport itself, A Good Day's Fishing (Simon & Schuster, 2004). 2004, NorthWord Press, Ages 5 to 12.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.