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The Great Fishing Contest Hardcover – May 2, 1991

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1st edition (May 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399222634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399222634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,192,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Once again these collaborators have combined their unusual talents to produce a warm, thoughtful picture book. Determined to win the local annual fishing contest, best friends Jason and Sammy realize that if one of them should win the coveted first prize, then the other will not. Thus The Great Fishing Contest is primarily a book about friendship, about the camaraderie of going after the same goal, of winning with good grace and losing without jealousy. Jason narrates the story, and as in A Song for Uncle Harry and The Road from Home , Kherdian shows his sensitivity to the cadences of a child's voice. He fully understands young hopes and worries, and skillfully sets them down with earnest humor. Rich yet uncomplicated, Hogrogian's gentle pastels capture the boys' closeness as they sit and plan together, until both text and art take on the glow of idyllic childhood summers. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- When school ends for the summer, best friends Jason and Sammy begin plotting their strategy for the annual fishing contest. The prize for catching the largest fish is a spinning rod. They decide that if either of them wins, both will do odd jobs to earn enough money to buy a spinning rod for the other. It is difficult to visualize a child who would be interested in this slow-paced story. There are also inconsistencies. When Jason chooses his fishing spot, he is standing next to the only girl in the contest. Although they say little to each other, there is tension in the air. When Jason does pull in the biggest fish, it's unlikely that she would say, "I knew you could do it." Hogrogian's pastel and watercolor illustrations are static and uninvolving. Although the contest takes place at midday, the drawings are somber and gloomy. The characters also seem isolated from one another and awkward; while they are supposedly conversing, they don't make eye contact. It's hard to believe that this book came from the author and illustrator of so many other favorite children's stories. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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