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Tom's Christmas Fish Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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'The illustrations are beautiful, and this is a great book for learning about the traditions of other cultures.' --Juno magazine 'To the bustling streets of Prague we go for 'Tom's Christmas Fish', an endearing story of a boy and his grandfather and the live freshwater carp they procure, like 'everyone in the whole country', for their Christmas dinner. Rita Toernqvist-Verschuur's snug watercolors quickly situate us amid the pastel buildings and stone bridges of the Czech capital [...] Marit Toernqvist's emotionally astute story will acquaint readers ages 4-9 with European traditions -- such as making carp-shaped cookies -- that may be new to them.' -- Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur was born in Amsterdam in1935, and studied Swedish language and literature. She lived in Sweden for ten years with her husband and three children, including her daughter Marit. Rita worked as a translator, and translated many books by Astrid Lindgren, before writing her own books for children and adults. She wrote eight volumes of memoirs, starting with her experiences as a child during the Second World War.
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In “Tom’s Christmas Fish,” Marit Törnqvist and Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur present a different kind of holiday story. This book is a refreshing change from so many Christmas books, as it gives young readers a glimpse into the culture of a different country while challenging them to think about when you’re ready to move past certain family traditions. The illustrations help young readers get a real sense of the beauty of the city of Prague. And while the story itself is a bit long for some younger children, hopefully the lovely pictures will hold their attention long enough to make it through. This is a beautiful new Christmas story to add to your holiday library.
(Review originally written for San Francisco Book Review.)