________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 6 . . . . October 9, 2009

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Fishing. (Crabtree Contact).

Gary Newman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2009.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $10.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3791-9 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3769-8 (RLB).

Subject Heading:
Fishing-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Linda Ludke.

*** /4

excerpt:

People who fish for sport put the fish back in the water after catching them. Other anglers can then enjoy catching them. Always use a landing net to land the fish. Keep the fish out of the water just long enough to unhook, weigh, and photograph the fish."

In this "Crabtree Contact" title, the sport of fishing is explored. Each double-page spread introduces a different topic, including freshwater fishing, casting techniques and the different types of lures. The easy-to-read text is written specifically for reluctant readers. More challenging words are bolded, and a glossary of "Need of Know Words" appears at the end of the book. The sentences are structured so readers are able to infer the meaning of words: "For bait, they use imitation flies. The flies look like the insects which are the fish's natural prey."

     The text is enlivened by personal comments from anglers. The thrill and excitement of the "big catch" is captured in quotations such as this one from Ali Boyd: "To be on a boat when a marlin strikes is an amazing experience. To hear the crack of the line when it leaves the bait clip. To see an enormous fish on its tail jumping out of the water."

     Clear colour photographs show a wide range of male and female fishing enthusiasts, from 11-year-old Mackenzie Ruth Hickox who caught a 6.9 kilogram largemouth bass, to gold-medal winning British angler Alan Scotthorne.

     The photographs will also help readers understand the text. A photograph of fishing gear includes text boxes with the words "Vest," "Waders" and "Net" on the side. Red arrows point to the item in the photo.

     With a high-interest topic and easy-to-read text, Fishing is a good choice for public and school library collections.

Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

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