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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547820119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547820118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam can’t wait to go fishing with his father, until his little sister, Lucy, worms her way into their trip. Told in engaging verse that’s just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers, Wissinger’s novel artfully captures both the thrill of the catch and the aggravation of younger siblings (especially when they’re catching more fish). Loosely drawn black-and-white sketches highlight Sam’s moods, including his eventual excitement as he finally manages to reel in the big one. Wissinger identifies each poem format, from haiku, ode, and double dactyl to blues poem, counting poem, and list poem, and even includes poems told in multiple voices. The author extends the fishing metaphor with an appended “Poet’s Tackle Box,” which explains how rhyme and rhythm work as well as such poetry “bait” as alliteration, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. She also describes each poem format used and provides a bibliography of additional poetry resources. A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry. Grades 1-4. --Angela Leeper

Review

"Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling."
Publishers Weekly

"A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip. . . . This tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers."
Kirkus

"Engaging verse that's just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers. . . A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry."
Booklist

"All of Sam's episodes take the form of poems, each discreetly labeled by its poetic form, which is then defined at the end of the book. . . most will enjoy the notion that there are as many ways to tell a tale as to catch a fish."
Bulletin

"This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. . . . Wissinger deftly plies her craft to ensure that the use of poetry enhances the readability of the story"
School Library Journal, starred review

Customer Reviews

It does tell a story like a novel does, so I guess that is accurate.
K. Davis
Illustrator Matthew Cordell adds a whole other dimension of enjoyment to the story line with his clever illustrations that vividly enhance the narrative.
Richard R. Blake
There's also an excellent poetry guide in the back of the book that's a great learning resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hedera Femme VINE VOICE on March 27, 2013
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The start of the book was rough because, as a woman, I remember fishing with family as a child, and the story began with the protagonist complaining about his sister messing with his fishing stuff. The way she was described was as a very stereotypical girly girl that should not be included in an exclusively father-son activity. I REALLY didn't care for that, and find this highly gendered approach conter-productive, especially when you consider the age that this book targets. It's not ok to show kids that some activities are for boys only and some are for girls only. What if a girl wants to go fishing?

*SPOILER ALERT*

Well, happily, SHE DOES! The book gets better about a third through when she asks to join the boys on their fishing outing, and while her brother criticizes her and makes fun of her, she ends up catching more fish. After feeling inadequate and sad, he eventually catches a catfish, and they both end up being quite impressed with one another. The lessons is pretty great, countering everything I was concerned about in the beginning of the book. So I ended up really liking this book's storyline.

As for the content, it has an added educational value that is done cleverly: the book teaches different poetic forms by example, and the writing is simple enough to be accessible to very young children, though the poems do generally lack any substance. (That last part is one of the main reasons I took a star away. Children's literature should have substance, too! This was a bit superficial for the most part.)

The back even contains definitions of poetic styles and techniques.

There was an interesting blend of conventional poetic styles we all eventually learn, and some that left me wondering, "is that really a thing??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2013
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I am deeply and devastatingly scarred for life: My father maintained that fishing trips were a father and son affair. I'm a female, so I didn't qualify... Unfortunately, on family vacations, I did get to put a pole in the water every so often, so I knew something of what I was missing on those father-son excursions. (Dad also enlisted my help in hunting worms for their fishing trips...How fair is that, I ask?!) I also got to hear all the fishing stories when they returned from their trips, all happy and smiling.

So, when I saw this children's book, of course I was very curious to see how Dad handled the situation in this story. A few lines quoted from one of the poems had me alarmed: "...Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy....Just Dad and me, fishing."

I am very happy to say that--from the point of view of a female that got left behind way too many times--the Dad in this story handled the situation quite nicely. Sister asked nicely to go; sister got to go. Of course there were some ups and downs, as there always will be with sibling rivalry, but I don't want to ruin your fun by explaining how the story goes.

The story is grand! The author made the story come to life. Her words were simple and easy, but full of description. If you fished when you were young, this book will bring back many memories. I chuckled my way through the pages.

A nice twist is that the story is told through poems--many different kinds of poems. And the type of poem is identified at the beginning of each one. Plus there is a little "glossary" at the end of the book.
The illustrations are creative and lively, too.

One observation: The fishing described is fresh-water lake fishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. VINE VOICE on April 14, 2013
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I homeschool my kids and we LOVE this book! The story was engaging enough that my almost-three-year-old sat for the whole thing; interesting for my 5 year old, who loved learning all about fishing; and informative for my 8 year old, who learned all about the different kinds of poetry. It sparked interest in them to learn more about both fishing AND poetry, so we followed up reading this book with several fishing videos and more poetry books! I love finding new learning told that spark even more learning! The illustrations are funny and engaging, too. We've already lent it to another homeschooling family we know and plan to re-read it a few more times. All around great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Levesque on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Houghton Mifflin, 2013
Novel in Verse: Humorous/Realistic
120 pages
Recommended for grades 2-5

What a great mentor text this is for poetry writing! I am feeling wheels turning around how to use this as a mentor text throughout the year. Students could try a hand at all the various poetic forms (ballad, couplet, double dactyl), try incorporating new poetic techniques (assonance, metaphor and refrain), while learning poetic terms (rhyme, rhythm) and having fun!
You will love this book, a sure addition to the classroom library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
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Wissinger and Cordell are almost modern Dr. Seuss producers. The mix of poetry, illustration, simplicity and brevity of the stories, and fun is equal to Seuss in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on March 5, 2013
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****1/2
"Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry."--Naomi Kinsman (Spilled Ink)
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Gone Fishing is a novel about Sam who loves fishing with his dad. Hip-hip, hooray! It's fishing day. Yo-ho yippee! Just Dad and me. Sam's fishing adventure was about to start, when his irritating younger sister, Lucy, intruded on their fishing trip, he's not so pleased, thinking; "May a worm crawl up your nose, leeches creep between your toes. May a seagull dive and swoop, and drop a bombshell in your soup!

Using a variety of poetic forms, the debut novelist tells the story of a nine-year-old boy's day of fishing. The bond with his father, his excitement, and sibling rivalry, added to fishing hardships, have all add up to a day of sour sweet adventure any child would wonder how it may come to an end. But what makes the fishing story charming are the quatrains, ballads, rhyming lists, poetry and free verse.

The talented author structured the book in an educating frame. Starting with contents, delved into the adventure in a novel way appealing to the seven years curious kids. The one or two page story chapters are appetizing. The Poet Tackle Box is a wonderful Thesaurus, a specialized vocabulary of a particular field of fishing, and introducing poetry techniques. the book epilogues in a biography to advance young readers interest in poetry writing.

Matthew Cordell's drawings for this novel-in-verse multi-dimensional, with impressive black-and-white line drawings throughout. While Tamera Wissinger's novel-in-verse with diverse poetry forms, is similar to none, has a section devoted for those who love learning about, writing or teaching poetry. As surprising as it sounds, the author testified about four diverse engaging books that inspired her to write this wonderful book.
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Tamera Wissinger writes stories and poetry for children. Her book Gone Fishing: A Novel In Verse, HMH, is an ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book, a Children's Book Committee 2014 Best Children's Book of the Year, and an International Reading Association 2014 Teachers Choice Book. This Old Band, a counting concept book from Sky Pony Press, releases on June 3, 2014. Tamera is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

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