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The Little Spotted Fish Hardcover – 1975

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Seabury Press; 1St Edition edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816431345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816431342
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille. With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
So I'm walking through my library the other day, having successfully located a couple fun children's books to read through, when my eye catches a cover I've never seen before. The book looks like nothing so much as a logical extension of that old Beatles movie, "Yellow Submarine". On its cover sita a bizarre rainbow colored fish with a mouth as wide as a cave and a ludicrously jutting jaw. Across from this fish leaps a little spotted fish with the face of a woman and rainbow colored water flowing from its tail. I stopped. I stared. And though I very rarely pick up picture books to read and review on a whim, I couldn't help it. I had to read through this book no matter what. The fact that it was written by Jane Yolen only clinched the deal.

As the tale tells us, there was once a young fisherlad who lived all by himself on an island. He had everything he could want (as attested by his orange coveralls and black & white suspenders) and he was well pleased with his fishing skills. One day, as he sat on the banks of a lake found deep in the woods, a mysterious boat called a coracle appeared out of nowhere. The lad hopped aboard and was immediately brought to a little spotted fish. After greeting him in a usual fishy matter (ala spitting water) the fish says to the boy:
"Dylan, Dylan, son of the wave,
The spotted fish thy life shall save".

Dylan (that's the lad's name, you see) doesn't quite know what to make of this, but he goes along with it just the same. Suddenly an uber-odd fish with a spectacularly jutting jaw approaches. At his feet, Dylan finds a magical rod. The rod defeats the fish and Dylan uses it afterwards to fish. However, the lad decides that it's too easy fishing with a magical fishing rod so he returns it to the spotted fish.
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