Fishing in the Air

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9780060281113: Fishing in the Air

We were going on a
journey, to a secret place.
We'd catch the air!
We'd catch the breeze!

A father and son set out early one morning in search of a cool, clear river in which to fish. With their lines and bobbers, they cast high into the air catching memories, discoveries, and

a bubble of breeze
and a sliver of sky
and a slice of yellow sun.

The first picture book by Sharon Creech, Newbery award-winning author of Walk Two Moons, is a lyrical portrait of the bond between a father and son. Caldecott Honor recipient Chris Raschka's illustrations shimmer in pools of color and light, making Fishing in the Air a beautiful reminder of the gift of imagination a parent passes on to a child -- and a child gladly shares in return.

AWARDS: Best Children's Books 2000 (PW) and Lasting Connections 2001 (Book Links)

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"'We're going on a journey,' my father said. 'To a secret place. We'll catch the air! We'll catch the breeze!'" And indeed, one Saturday, a young boy and his father head off on a fishing trip while it's still early-morning blue-black outside. As they drive and drive, the dad points out that the street lamps glow like tiny moons--and then they are tiny moons--and that the trees look like tall green soldiers. At last the dreamy duo smells the river, and the fishing and the talking begin. The father tells of the house he lived in when he was a boy, and as he describes it, Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka's swirling strokes of color transport the boy in time and place. As his father continues his reverie, the boy, with his unhooked fishing line, catches a slice of sun, a white, white cloud... he catches it all, including the air and the breeze as first promised. This is Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech's first picture book, but fans of her novels will recognize its power and poetry. Raschka's gorgeous illustrations, reminiscent of Russian lacquered boxes, manage to portray the world of imagination, where the similes and metaphors of memory are allowed to take shape quite literally. This is a beautiful book about storytelling and the mind's eye, but also simply about a little boy and his dad who go on a fishing trip with a can of worms and a sack of sandwiches. We're hoping this one works its way onto the shelf of classics. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

About the Author:

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Great Unexpected, The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in Maine.



Chris Raschka, when not creating award-winning children's books such as Another Important Book, Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes, and Caldecott Medal Winner The Hello, Goodbye Window, expands his mind with the poetry of Shelley, Bishop, and Biz Markie.

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