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Summary: Come along as Grandpa's special fishin' friend (his grandson) tells us about the fun they have on the lake looking for a prize catch! This is a story that celebrates the special bond of a man, a boy and their fish!
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 3½ year old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler was most interested in looking for the fish in the illustrations. When we finished, she wanted to know if Papa can take her fishing on a lake!
Adult Reader Reaction: This one reads so smoothly you feel like you're spending a lazy afternoon in the boat, too. This a books will help you recall special times with a grandparent (even if you weren't fishing buddies), and remind you that you want those same kind of memories for your children, too.
Pros: The illustrations are beautiful, the story moves along just as it should: with a lazy, wait for the fish kind of pace. AND you get fishing tips in the back.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. You'll likely want two copies: one for your house and one for the grandparents!
Educational Themes: Learning to fish is a bonus. The book can help you find a special "thing'" for your child and his/her grandparents, or even jump-start an oral history project across the generations.
Literary Categories: Fiction - family, sports, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005
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