Lessons of respect and integrity are taught by a grandfather to his granddaughter as they head to the sea in the darkness and wait for first light in order to catch a fighting blue, but when one is caught, they must quickly determine if it should be kept or returned back to the sea.
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Brady's first children's book is a low-key story of a fishing adventure shared by a girl and her grandfather that effectively conveys the moods of their outing, from the excitement of the catch to their awe for the natural world. The pair slip out before daybreak, and the girl, who is perhaps seven, is a little fearful as they venture out into the dark. They await the arrival of a flock of terns that follow the ``fighting blues,'' fierce, sharp-toothed fish. Grandfather explains how the terns feed on herring that the blues stir up in the water, and he casts his line to hook a magnificent fish. After the catch at dawn, they decide it's a ``keeper for the sea'' and return it to the water. The child narrates in the first-person, but, disconcertingly, some of her words are phrased in the poetic constructions of an adult. ``Soon the sleepy night begins to stir, as softly swishing waves quicken to slams and the mumbled breeze shifts to a howl.'' Lush oil paintings with deep tones of blue and green glorify the magical and mysterious world of the night. An intimate scene as the two prepare the fishing rod is painted against a vast starry sky, while one particularly masterful spread--of the upturned faces of the fisher folk as they watch the sky--builds anticipation. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Early one September morning, grandfather and granddaughter set out on a fishing trip. Joining other anglers at the ocean's edge, they snap together their fishing pole with an eye on the brightening sky. Suddenly a flock of terns appears overhead, foretelling the arrival of bluefish. Over and over again, Grandpa casts their line into the waves until a fish is hooked. Working hard and wondering if their catch will fight its way free, they slowly reel in a majestic, silver-scaled blue. Together, they admire it and then return it to the sea. Brady's poetic language and powerful imagery clothe this story with the warmth and emotion of a cherished memory, making the experience seem like an important rite of passage. The text has a breathless, awestruck quality that makes the release a believable and poignant moment. When the fish is caught, it "...squiggles toward the sea, thirsty for home." Filled with the deep blues and greens of the ocean, the appealing oil paintings capture the magic and beauty of the sea. A quiet, but moving story for more contemplative readers.
Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110689804725
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Peter M. Fiore (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689804725
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689804725