Roger Roth Fishing for Methuselah

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Fishing for Methuselah

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Ivan and Olaf are best friends with a single shared ambition to outdo each other. Whether it's chopping firewood, climbing trees, or eating pancakes for breakfast, these two just can't stop competing! And when the annual Moosehead Lake Ice Fishing Contest comes around, you can bet Ivan and Olaf are each determined to catch the biggest fish in the lake.

But the biggest fish in Moosehead Lake is also the smartest fish in Moosehead Lake. He's the legendary Methuselah, and he has no intention of being caught by the bickering buddies. Ivan and Olaf may be a well matched pair--but are they a match for Methuselah?

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Roger Roth is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Sign Painter's Dream and Fishing for Methuselah. He has illustrated dozens of children's books, including The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History by Jennifer Armstrong and the Unsolved Mystery from History books by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple. This is the first of what he hopes will be many collaborations with his wife, Darlene.



Roger Roth is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Sign Painter's Dream and Fishing for Methuselah. He has illustrated dozens of children's books, including The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History by Jennifer Armstrong and the Unsolved Mystery from History books by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple. This is the first of what he hopes will be many collaborations with his wife, Darlene.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Rather like a scene from the film Grumpy Old Men, this title is a fish story in the truest sense of the word. Ivan and Olaf have spent their lives arguing with and competing against one another, and their participation in the Winter Carnival's ice fishing competition is no exception. Both plan to catch the biggest fish in the lake according to legend, but Methuselah has other plans. It causes the men's icy fishing spot to break off, and the two have to join forces to save themselves. Seeing them finally cooperate, the wily fish carries them safely to shore, where the duo later win first prize for their ice-sculpture tribute to Methuselah, declaring themselves to be "Best Friends." Despite its somewhat predictable ending, this is a fast-paced, upbeat story that is sure to provoke giggles from young listeners. Both the quarrelsome men and the cunning Methuselah are delightful characters, and it's fun to see the fish get the better of them. Of course, the theme of the benefits of cooperation is nothing new, but the message bears repeating, especially to primary-aged children learning the ways of socialization. The craypas-and-watercolor illustrations clearly delineate the wintry feel of the North Country, and their playful tone is a perfect complement to the humorous text. An entertaining read-aloud that will enliven storyhours.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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