There was once a peasant couple who had plenty of all they neededbut the old woman wanted more. So she sent her husband off to fetch a wagonload of fish.
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.38(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Judit Z. Bodnar is the author of A Wagonload of Fish, which was a 1997 Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year. She immigrated to the United States as a child, earned degrees in Anthropology and library science, and is now a children's book editor as well as a writer. She, her husband, Jack, and their two children, two cats and one large "Dumberman" divide their time between a tiny New York City apartment and hundred year-old Pennsylvania coal miner's house.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this story, an old peasant is quite content with his life. He has rich lands, enough food to eat, and a cozy cottage. One day his wife, however, gets it into her head that she really wants some fish, and from that day forward, she won't shut up about it. Finally, half-badgered to death, the peasant goes out fishing, and catches a pretty great load of fish. A hungry fox smells the fish and plays dead in the middle of the road. When the peasant finds the fox, he knows his wife will love the tail as a stole, and he throws the fox in the back of the wagon. The crafty fox then pushes all but one fish out of the wagon and the unsuspecting peasant drives home. When he gets there, he finds only one fish in the back of the wagon. Tired of being nagged by his wife, he rides off on his trusty old ox.In this Hungarian folktale, the fish aren't magic, but they do represent wanting what you can't have, instead of being content with what you do have. This book has gorgeous illustrations, full of the traditional Hungarian color motif of red, black and white. Students will root for both the fox and the old man, and will be relieved when he escapes his shrewish wife.For ages 6 -10.