Summers Coming – Gone Fishin!

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Summer is coming very soon and we wanted to share these resources about fish and fishing. If your student enjoys fish and/or fishing then these are the books for you! Enjoy your summer – curl up in the sun with a good book and wait for that tug on the line!

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Big Fishes Supper by Juliet David (K-2)

Children will love the bright illustrations and simple text in this delightful series of animal books. Read how Big Fish almost gets his supper, in this fresh retelling of popular story of Jonah.

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Catching Spring by Sylvia Olsen (4-8)

The year is 1957, and Bobby lives on the Tsartlip First Nation reserve on Vancouver Island where his family has lived for generations and generations. He loves his weekend job at the nearby marina. He loves to play marbles with his friends. And he loves being able to give half his weekly earnings to his mother to eke out the grocery money, but he longs to enter the up-coming fishing derby. With the help of his uncle and Dan from the marina his wish just might come true.

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Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta (K-3)

Be prepared for a few surprises when Danny ventures out into the bay in his dory.

Although taking the dory out solo is strictly forbidden, Danny cannot resist the calm waters of the bay. And that’s where the adventure begins. He thinks rowing into a school of bluefish is trouble enough, but wait until the whales enter the picture. Danny encounters one sea creature after another and learns about the ocean food chain in the process. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, the story takes an unexpected twist.

With brilliant and vibrant illustrations, readers will feel the excitement of being out on the water surrounded by ocean creatures. The life and the life cycle of the ocean will fascinate young readers.

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Fin McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting (K-3)

Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He’s a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay. And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. “He’s the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland’s green grass.” But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there’s one thing that Finn lacks. He’s just not smart. And he knows it. When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical red salmon with the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish. And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process.

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Fish for Jimmy by Katie Yamasaki (K-3)

For two boys in a Japanese American family, everything changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war. With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. This affecting tale of courage and love is an adaptation of the author’s true family story.

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Life in a Fishing Community by Helene Boudreau (K-3)

This title looks at offshore fishing. Around the coast of much of North America, fishing stocks have greatly declined as a result of overfishing, pollution, and global warming. Nova Scotia, in the northeast of Canada, once had a huge fishing industry. In 1753, people from Germany, Switzerland, and France came from Europe to set up colony at Lunenburg on the coast. They soon set up a fishing and shipbuilding industry. The community grew until about 1980, when the fishing industry largely stopped. Since then, the community has had to reinvent itself. It is still largely based on the old industries, but tourism is as important. Lunenburg has a population of about 3500 people.

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Producing Fish by Barbara A. Somervill (4-8)

What is commercial fishing? How do fish get from the sea to the supermarket? This book explores the technology used in fishing.

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Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner (K-3)

Being kind is a big job, but nothing’s too big for a sea monster. Not even taking on the new fish in school, who’s great…except when he’s pushing people around. This funny, charming twist on dealing with a bully will reassure and delight the smallest children and the biggest sea monsters alike.

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Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis (K-3)

One fall day, Kate goes with her father, a fish biologist, to the river where he works — a river in the Pacific rain forest — the “salmon forest,” as he calls it. Together they watch the sockeye salmon returning to the river to spawn, and witness a bear scooping up a salmon. Next, Kate and her dad run into a Native boy named Brett and his family fishing at a pool in the river. From her adventures, Kate discovers how the forest and the salmon need each other and why the forest is called the salmon forest. David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis’s charming and informative text and Sheena Lott’s watercolors magically evoke the spirit and mystery of the West Coast rain forest.

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (9-12)

Simultaneously intimate, simple, deep, and powerful, The Old Man and the Sea is a story of triumph, loss, struggle, and perseverance, set against the rich backdrop of a Cuban fishing community.The novella follows an old fisherman as he struggles to catch a gigantic marlin and turn his waning luck around. Over the course of this struggle the book contemplates masculinity, religion, fate, and the ultimate meaning (or lack thereof) of life.

Reviews by Overdrive

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