Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544439313
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 335,573
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Tamera Wissinger was inspired to write this novel-in-verse after writing "Night Crawlers," a poem that stemmed from her fun childhood memories of night crawler hunting with her dad before fishing trips. A graduate of Hamline University’s MFA Writing for Children program, Tamera Wissinger shares her time between Chicago and Florida. This is her first book.

Matthew Cordell has illustrated many picture and chapter books for children, including the picture book Hello Hello. He lives with his wife and their two children outside of Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at www.matthewcordell.com.

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Tercet Variation

Dark night.


Dad and I hunt worms tonight.

Grass slick.

Worms thick.

Tiptoe near and grab them quick.

Hold firm.

They squirm.

Tug-o-war with earth and worm.


Worms galore.

Set our bucket near the door.

Next day.

No delay.

Look out, fish — we’re on our way!



Free Verse Poem


For fishing tomorrow

it’s just us two.

Not Mom, not Grandpa,

not Lucy.

It’ll be like playing catch or

painting the garage.

Just Dad and me.




Switcheroo Poem


I love my fishing tackle box — it’s green and blue and gold.

My grandpa gave it to me when I wasn’t very old.

I need to get it ready for tomorrow at the lake.

We’re leaving in the morning just as soon as we’re awake.

One tiny click and now my treasure chest is open wide.

A shelf with lots of little spaces holds my gear inside.

My silver sinkers, wiggle worms, my floating frogs, my line.

My shiny spinner lures, my bobbers, hooks—there’re 29.

The shelf is on a hinge—it hides my secret space below.

It’s where I keep my special treasures out of sight—OH NO!


. . . Where’s my compass?

Where’s my map?

Where’s my lucky fishing cap?

Where’s my stringer?

Something’s wrong!

This princess doll does not belong!

. . . What is this?

A throne?

A crown?

A polka-dotted circus clown?

A tiny bottle of perfume?


I smell Lucy in my room!



Dramatic Poem for One, Quatrains

Oh, Sam—you’re here. Come on, let’s play!

I’m fishing for pretend tonight.

It’s fun to use your gear this way.

Hold on, I think I have a bite.

Your map’s a paper fishing boat.

Your compass is the steering wheel.

I think our boat could really float.

It would be fun to fish for real.

Your stringer makes a tiny lake.

I didn’t crumple up your map.

Your compass works—it didn’t break.

I sure do like your fishing cap.

I didn’t snoop—I made a trade.

Stay here, sit down, don’t go away.

Don’t you like the boat I made?

Your fishing stuff is fun—come play!

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Gone Fishing: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is vare cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read this book but by the short summery of it,it sounds reall good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell Houghton Mifflin, 2013 Novel in Verse: Humorous/Realistic 120 pages Recommended for grades 2-5 What a great mentor text this is for poetry writing!  I am feeling wheels turning around how to use this as a mentor text throughout the year.  Students could try a hand at all the various poetic forms (ballad, couplet, double dactyl), try incorporating new poetic techniques (assonance, metaphor and refrain), while learning poetic terms (rhyme, rhythm) and having fun!   You will love this book, a sure addition to the classroom library!