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|Age Level: 10 - 14|
|Grade Level: 4th - 9th|
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So, the hunt is on and the kids gather all of their necessary tools to go hunt down that catfish and drag him in to their boat and then find his den and recover the ring for their mother.
The kids will be out in the bayou / jungle for a good length of time trying to catch the catfish. They will have all types of encounters with other fish, other wildlife and living off the land.
My wife is a writer and I asked her why the book seems so easy to read. She reminded me that as young readers novel the book has a smaller vocabulary and also shorter sentences and most likely shorter chapters. All of that is true. But even with that said, you don't really feel like you are "reading down" if you are an adult. The story is good and keeps your interest. I'm sure that the young readers in your family will enjoy the adventure and find the book one that they will want to return to again and again.
Good fish stories are always fun to read, memorize and then share around the campfire when you are out in nature. I know that you will enjoy this book and I highly recommend it for the young readers in your home.
Siblings Sawyer and Elvira have lost their father, and now their mother is mysteriously sick after losing her wedding ring to the bite of a catfish. Sawyer feels he must retrieve his mother's ring from the great catfish, or lose her for good. So begins the great adventure of twelve year-old Sawyer, his nine year-old sister, his cousin Truman, and his best friend, `Nose' a sharecropper's son.
Like a modern-day Tom Sawyer, whom ironically, Sawyer shares a name, the siblings and two friends, set out on a quest to save their mother's life, find treasure, and hook the biggest fish their town has ever seen.
I loved this book for its great heart, for the lessons the kids learn both from the wildlife around them, and from each other. They learn to trust and depend on each other, and they learn that even what they perceive as their most fragile link has great value. By caring for each other and making allowances for their weakness, they all find their own strength. This is a morality tale as much as it is an adventure. This is the kind of book I'll be passing on to every child I know.
Like the book Holes, Hans Bauer and Catherine Masciola have written a timeless novel that will entertain children, and the adults who read to children for a long time. I love books with heart and Fishtale has a grand one.
This fantastic adventure, for all it's high and lows, scrapes and bruises and terrifying moments, still makes me envious of the four children who reached beyond fears to believe a miracle could happen.
This a marvelous read for middle school kids and adults like me who enjoy a good fish story. Four kids set out on a quest to catch a gigantic albino catfish called 'Ole One Eye. Sawyer is convinced that the catfish has his ailing mother's wedding ring and only by getting the ring back on her finger can he save her. The children brave storms, chiggers, smelly bait, a mad poacher, and themselves in an epic struggle to catch the biggest, whitest catfish ever to roam the swamp.
It is well written. The authors' use of alliteration makes the words dance across the page. But wait, there are more than a few vocabulary words to extend the reader's understanding of the English language, a big bonus.
I smiled with appreciation as I read this book and that's no fish tale.
Since a friend of mine was involved with its publishing, I wanted to read it without, well, really having to read it. What I ended up doing was not only reading it, but also reluctantly putting it aside to accommodate a trip to the hospital emergency room where I was admitted for a routine emergency surgery that required general anesthesia resulting in a month-long hangover. I mention this because, more than a month later, when I picked up the reluctantly put-down "Fishtale", the characters and story were as fresh in my mind as if I had read about them the day before; as if my brain hadn’t actually been assaulted by major pharmaceuticals. And as it turned out, the second time I opened this book turned out to be all the time I needed to finish reading it.
“Fishtale” is not a read-as-you-want-to novel simply because it makes you want to so much. You cannot not care about these courageous and determined kids. Not only did I LIKE each one of the four tween adventurers, but I got a kick out of their distinct personalities, too. They were each very different from one another, yet every one of them a glowing example of humanity at its blossoming best.
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would have wanted to ride along, but they may have had some difficulty in grasping the intensely personal motives that drove the lead protagonist’s pursuit. This was neither an adventure quest nor a breakaway.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think Hans Bauer is nothing short of MAGIC!! Hans spins a great tale of brave little comrades who join their friend, Sawyer, in a rowboat, armed only with a map, tackle, fishing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne Swain Charnes
Wish they would make this into a movie. Fantastic story that comes full circle. My 10 year old son read it together, very exciting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Isaac
Full of life and color and really big fish! Fish Tale is a rough-cut gem of a novel, waiting for a screen big enough to let it shine. Great character writing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by RedDrafly
This amusing tale of the adventures of several children in the swamps and bayou 's of Mississippi is reminiscent of the movie Goonies. Read morePublished 23 months ago by shereena r. spangler
Well written adventure tale of four children on a mission to catch the largest catfish of all time. Resembles a Mark Twain style of writing that entertains and humorous at... Read morePublished 24 months ago by linda makowiec
LOVE, love. LoVE this book!~ I am reading it gain and then will take it to the kids at the elementary school to read chapters too.. then also to the assisted living homes to read. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Carol
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