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Friday Special: Gone Fishing

(Note from Amy: Well, we experienced a little computer blip this morning when Jeremy's Friday Round-Up mysteriously disapeared into the netherworld of computer-land. It was a good one, too! Filled with Daniel Pinkwater on Car Talk and other fun and interesting tidbits that Jeremy's so good at finding. So, we reached into our secret vault and found this never-been-shared post. It does seem appropriate. To explain it technically, Jeremy's origial post "went fishing." Thanks for visiting the Kid Lit Kit and have a great weekend!)

Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers
Written and illustrated by David McLimans
Walker & Company
Age Range: 4-8 yrs
Publication Date: October 2008

Gone_fishing_4 Gone_wild_3 Hey folks. It's nearly summer! Well, no, but it does feel just a little bit like spring today. It makes it possible to believe it will be warm again someday. In keeping with the summrey theme, I chose David McLimans’ Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers.  You may remember his previous Caldecott Honor book, my silver medal segue, Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet.


Gone Fishing is illustrated in black, blue and white, a palette that fits beautifully with the ocean themed illustrations.  Mr. McLimans leads the reader through the numbers one through 10, pauses for some ocean facts, and then counts back down from 10. Students with a keen eye will pick up on the color scheme changing from black and white on blue to blue and white on black.

It’s worth noting that along with listing information about the various sea creatures, the author has gathered some pretty revealing facts about the way we mistreat oceans.

•    Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds every year.

•    There are 220,000 pounds of garbage swirling out in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it is growing every year.

•    About 10 million shipping containers arrive in the United States each year. Worldwide, about 10,000 containers fall overboard each year.

But readers need not despair; a list of Web sites that help the oceans finishes off the book. What a great way to inform and empower readers!

For a quick activity, make copies of the small animals as they appear in the sidebars and have students pick one. After they have drawn the habitat of their chosen creature, students can paste their animal to the paper. Display the artwork on a bulletin board or bind the pictures to create a class book.


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