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The Cod's Tale by Mark Kurlansky, S. D. Schindler, Eileen Spinelli

Once codfish was so plentiful that explorers reported being able simply to dip baskets into the ocean to collect them. For many hundreds of years people took it for granted, assuming that the millions of eggs that every female cod lays meant that there would always be millions of fish for man to eat-and get rich from. It was the abundance of cod and the way it could be easily dried and preserved that that allowed the Vikings to cross the cold Atlantic Ocean to America, and that fed Christopher Columbus and the other explorers after that. Cod was the fish that led to the invention of frozen food, and inspired modern, efficient fishing systems. Now the threat of the cod's disappearance is affecting the modern laws of the seas, a reminder of the devastating effect man has had on our earth.

Based on Mark Kurlansky's critically acclaimed bestseller for adults, this incredible story combined with S. D. Schindler's stunning, detailed, and often funny watercolors offers a unique look at a thousand years of human civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399234767
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,259,836
Product dimensions: 11.13(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including Cod, Salt, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, The Big Oyster, The Last Fish Tale, The Food of a Younger Land, The Eastern Stars, and Edible Stories. He lives in New York City.
S. D. Schindler has illustrated a wide range of picture books, including Hornbooks and Inkwells and Gold Fever (both by Verla Kay), The Unforgettable Season (by Phil Bildner), The Snow Globe Family (by Jane O’Connor), Louder, Lili (by Gennifer Choldenko), and The Story of Salt (by Mark Kurlansky). He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 


New York, NY

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1948

Place of Birth:

Hartford, CT


Butler University, B.A. in Theater, 1970

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