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Storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis draws from his memories of fishing with his father to tell this true tale of a fish, a frog, a dragonfly, a mosquito, and himself. The experience helped mold Fox's life-long connection with nature, and is a wonderful example of entertainment that educates.
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Overview

Storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis draws from his memories of fishing with his father to tell this true tale of a fish, a frog, a dragonfly, a mosquito, and himself. The experience helped mold Fox's life-long connection with nature, and is a wonderful example of entertainment that educates.
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Ellis recounts childhood adventures that he experienced with his father on fishing trips. He weaves these adventures together into one pivotal excursion where he encounters mosquitoes, dragonflies, frogs, and fish. On this same experience, he witnesses the "web of life" and ecosystem of a pond. Because of the many scientific facts, this would be a beneficial tool during a science lesson. Positive elements of this book include the scientific information woven into the story; the portrayal of a healthy, loving relationship between a boy and his father; the visually appealing illustrations; and the last section of the book, "A Day on Dragonfly Pond," explaining further scientific information about plants, insects, amphibians, and fish. Trying to jam pack as much information as possible into this story, Ellis occasionally seems to branch off topic; ultimately, he brings most of the information together in the end for a satisfying conclusion. Overall, the story portion of the book is more suited to children ages 6 to 9, and the reference section, "A Day on Dragonfly Pond" (the last two pages of the book), is more suitable for 10 to 12 year olds. 2006, Dawn Publications, and Ages 6 to 12.
—Jamaica Johnson Conner
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K-Gr 3-Ellis provides readers with a step-by-step depiction of a food chain that exists in a pond. He cloaks the information in recollections of a fishing excursion with his father, although he acknowledges that not all the events actually occurred in a single day. From the annoying mosquito that bites him to the bass that Brian catches for his family's supper, the boy observes various predator-prey relationships. His father's pronouncements sometimes sound more like a textbook than a conversation. Italicized phrases and paragraphs seem to signal Brian's thoughts, but the font change confuses as much as it clarifies. Maydak's illustrations convey some of the beauty and drama of the setting, but his depictions of people, especially their facial expressions, are much less effective. It is unlikely that children will read this book by themselves. The detailed explanations about the book's "main characters" following the story also seem to signal its intended use by adults reading to children. Teachers looking for supplemental material for units on pond ecology might consider the book. However, Brian J. Heinz's Butternut Hollow Pond (Millbrook, 2000) or Gordon Morrison's Pond (Houghton, 2002) are better choices. For an outstanding visual and poetic introduction to pond life, don't miss Joyce Sidman's Song of the Water Boatman (Houghton, 2005).-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584690788
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Sharing Nature with Children Book Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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