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The Cod's Tale
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to believe that anyone could write an interesting and informative book detailing the life and history of the cod fish, or more to the point, that it could hold your interest, but that's exactly what Mark Kurlansky has done. His fascinating and engaging narrative, based on his adult book, Cod: A Biography Of The Fish That Changed The World, explores this once plentiful fish's place in history, from the Vikings, Basques, and European explorers, to Colonial America, the slave trade, American Revolution, and the technological inventions of the twentieth century that changed fishing and processing forever. Written in an easy to read, conversational style, Mr Kurlansky's intriguing story is part biology, part history, part sociology, and is chock full of interesting fun facts, trivia, humorous anecdotes, maps, recipes, and a marvelous time line that runs through the entire book and puts all this information in perspective. S.D. Schindler's bright, bold, and charming artwork is clever and entertaining, and kids will enjoy poring over the busy illustrations, and finding all the wonderful, special details. Perfect for youngsters 8 and older, The Cod's Tale takes you on a whirlwind adventure, and a very unique thousand year journey with a most unromantic, though endearing fish. This is non-fiction for kids at its very best, and a book that definitely shouldn't be missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a homeschool mom I can't say enough about this book. What a wonderful surprise to find a book connecting human history to one single species of fish in a remarkably entertaining way. Ecology and history so intertwined it illustrates how we are all connected in a balanced web of life! Bravo to Mark Kurlansky, I will be looking for more of his works after this first introduction!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 23, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I have spent the last several months reading books about the Age of Exploration to my eight year old son. "The Cod's Tale" fits nicely into our studies. When studying history, it is very easy to forget the economic underpinnings that drive World History. Without the abundant Cod fish, the economic development of the United States would have happened a lot slower pace. "The Cod's Tale" does a great job of introducing young children to the importance of economics in driving history. Highly recommended.
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on March 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is Kurlansky's attempt to take his award winning adult non-fiction book, "Cod", and present it to a younger audience. Of course one would think that a 200+ page, excellently researched history book cannot be made into around 40 children's page and keep the same meaning.....but one would be wrong.
Kurlansky in this book covers all the important parts of the Cod trade - early beginning, cooking styles, Cod lifestyle, The "Cod wars", and the Cod in modern times. By covering all the key concepts through creative storytelling and beautifully drawn illustrations this book is really amazing. It might be designed for younger children but I encourage readers of any age to purchase this. If you find it absolutely thrilling, go and purchase the full book "Cod". If you really enjoy that, Kurlansky has another History-Children's book combo with "Salt" that is worth checking out as well.

For the child of a historian or someone who just enjoys fish, this book gives insight into an entire story of world history based on one ugly, tasty, and sometimes beer-battered fish.
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on February 3, 2013
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Illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators, S.D. Schindler, this is an awesome book for kids- around end of third grade and up is the best age, I think. As Kurlansky does in his adult version of this book and other books, he picks a subject and travels with it through history, sharing interesting facts along the way..I highly recommend this book. Schindler's illustrations take what could have been a little dry for kids, and turns it into great fun. I'm a children's librarian and the kids always respond well to this one.
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on December 29, 2014
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This is the children's version (intermediate grades -- 3rd through 6th) of Mark Kurlansky's adult non-fiction book. A very informative and interesting book that gives tremendous insight into how the cod fish shaped modern history. (His children's book, Salt, is another great read!) I would definitely recommend this book.
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on June 7, 2010
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Our young children ask for this book again and again. The intersection of humans and Cod may seem, well, less than compelling but actually this extraordinary book makes for great family reading and discussion. Like Kurlansky's The Story of Salt, we give it four thumbs up!
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on December 15, 2014
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I was hoping for a book for an 11 year old, (I read the full version and loved it), Luckily I have an 8 year old who might like it (though I wish I bought it last year)
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is only 45 pages long. Yes 45 pages with not many words and more importantly not much to say.
It is in an odd children book format that makes it difficult to even find a place to put it on the shelf.
This is a book you would want to just have a look at while you are visiting a real book store like Borders. It would take you just a few minutes to get through the entire thing.
NOT WORTH BUYING~ Nothing New Here.
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