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Big Fish Dreams Hardcover – 1 May 2018
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About the Author
Author Lori Peelen lives in California, where she spends her time tending her walnut orchard, vegetable garden, a flock of hens, honeybees, two elderly horses, four stray cats, and two unruly dogs. In addition to writing childrens books, Lori works as a speech therapist, where she is constantly amazed by how kids see the world. Interested in more about Lori Peelen? Check out her blog at www.streamriffs.com.
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Ho hum, I thought this was just another fish story, which it is, but isn't. The author weaves science throughout the text, yet she establishes a bond between reader, fish, and fisherman. Perfect narrative arc too.
I love the big fish dream of Jon, who can't wait for their family summer vacation, when he claims, "I'm catching the biggest fish," in his competition with his sister and brother.
Who to root for? Jon or the fish? Both! The text works well for kids who may not understand the fish is thinking and following instincts. Regular text for humans and italics for Chia, the salmon. I eagerly searched for Chia's text, just for the poetic and simple way she teaches children so much about the life cycle of an anadromous fish. And, she keeps the reader in suspense. She fights her way upstream, to the pool where she was born, and must evade bald eagles, huge bears, but most deadly of all, human made obstacles AND human fishermen (or boys and girls in the case of this story).
I won't give away the child-satisfying adventure, or the even more satisfying ending. I think kids will love it.
An added bonus to the great story and the solid scientific facts, is the double-page spread of a healthy watershed at the back of the book. It starts with the raindrops that fall from a cloud to a mountaintop, follows the journey of the raindrops until they slide back to the sea, "...becoming new waves, touching turles and whales until we rise up to create new clouds, then fall again, filling new mountain streams, moving on, moving on. I'm a sucker at sappy movies...and this touched me as deeply as the best tear-wringer. I wish this Big Fish wings to go out into the world and teach kids about the value of clear, clean water, rivers, streams, trees, marshes, and our beautiful and fragile seas. BRAVA!!