This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm Visit us for new picture books reviews daily Hello, everyone Our book today is Fishing In The Air, written by Sharon Creech and illustrated by Chris Raschka, a colorful and imaginative tale about the special bond between fathers and sons.A little boy and his father leave early one morning, to go on an adventure to a secret place As they travel and prepare, they talk and use their imaginations, and the world around them comes alive with colors When they begin to fish, the father tells the boy about where he grew up, and how his own father taught him to fish Where are that father and son now the man asks They re here, the boy replies.This was a really interesting book, sort of existential, told in the voice of a curious, imaginative child The art is gorgeously colorful and vibrant, tying in with the dreamlike quality of the narrative It s definitely a sweet book about fathers and sons, and while it was a bit long for some baby bookworms, JJ seemed to enjoy it Baby Bookworm approved Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for reviews Christmas gifts for a nephew Fun read Our boy loves to fish with dad. In Wonderful Storytelling Fashion, Newbery Medal Winning Author Sharon Creech Presents A Simple Tale About A Little Boy And His Dad Who Go On A Fishing Trip With A Can Of Worms And A Sack Of Sandwiches But The Poetry Of Her Words Combines With Caldecott Honor Artist Chris Raschka S Gorgeous Illustrations To Evoke An Experience Much Imaginative And Powerful Story is fine Artwork is great. Special place, by the river, special day for father and son Creating memories Beautiful writing. Loved it Nice memory piece. Beautiful work by both Creech and Raschka Creech s poetry makes me nostalgic not for fishing, but for golfing with my Dad She uses subtle repetition of phrase to great effect with me I related to the Father s yearning for an idyllic past, and to the Son s desire to know about his Father s past while also living together in the present FATHER REMINISCES Oh, where is that house And where are those fields and that river and that father and that boy SON RESPONDS SIMPLY Right here Past and present collide happily, making for a very satisfying bedtime read with our six year old daughter and three year old son They asked great questions throughout.Raschka s watercolor illustrations remind me of Marc Chagall s work I ve seen some criticism of the artwork s complexity I can see the point However, I found that the illustrations brought out good questions during the read a long All worked together well. While I absolutely adore the text of this picture book, which is full of wonder, and lyricism, I struggle with the illustrations that seem over the edge and often difficult to decipher They have a very strong Italian pottery look, with rounded everything, and color everywhere I find it s very difficult for your eye to find a landing place When you look at the page your eye zooms round and round aimlessly, which obviously fits the title, but in the end doesn t enhance the finer points of this lovely story I like the idea of the round and airyness, but just wish it was toned down about three tads.Listen to this I caught a bubble of breeze and a sliver of sky and a slice of yellow sun and a small gray house with a crooked porch and tiny windows and a red roofBeautifulOn the other hand, I don t really like the other picture book that Sharon Creech wrote, the one about the principal at the school Can t remember the title now A Fine, Fine School But have you ever read her middle grade, Heartbeat Wow, that s a superb work This book has beautiful illustrations about a boy and his father and their fishing trip It was fun to see the father s story turning into the son s, as he fished in the air by hearing and capturing the story However, the illustrations were kind of busy and I am not sure they worked very well with the text.Category Picture book Some of the illustrated pages were so busy and overwhelming to me, but others were simpler and stunning, pulling me into the story I liked the dialog and sharing between father and son Would be nice to have a book like his for daughters too.
I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family my parents Ann and Arvel , my sister Sandy , and my three brothers Dennis, Doug and Tom.For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers Our house was not only full of
- Paperback with Audio Cassette
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- Fishing in the Air
- Sharon Creech
- 21 September 2017 Sharon Creech