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Title:
The cod's tale
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's, 2001.
Physical Description:
43 pages : color illustrations, 1 color map ; 24 x 28 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.3 1.0 60373.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.4 3 Quiz: 27770 Guided reading level: N.
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ISBN:
9780399234767
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Excellent ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, illustrate incidents from the text with clarity, a flair for the dramatic, and a sense of humor." ( Booklist , starred review)

"Kurlansky is a masterful storyteller. . . . Schindler's pictures, from serious to silly, add to the pleasure . . . . Readers of this title will never again look at fish and chips in quite the same way." ( Kirkus Reviews )

"Breezy, kid-friendly prose. . . . Fascinating and informative . . . bound to hook young readers." ( The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books )


Author Notes

Mark Kurlansky is the author of The Basque History of the World, the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (among the New York Public Library's Best Books of the Year in 1998), as well as A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, and several acclaimed works of short fiction and journalism about the Caribbean. He spent seven years as the Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Kurlansky, who wrote a book for adults called Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997), offers a version of the story that's accessible to middle-grade readers. The book begins with a biological perspective, explaining the life cycle and natural enemies of the cod, including the one species that threatens its very existence: man. The rest of the book considers how the cod fits into human history, beginning with the early expeditions of the Vikings and the Basques. Kurlansky also discusses the place of cod in the age of exploration, the slave trade, colonial times, and the American Revolution, as well as technological changes that have put fish at risk through increased fishing. Running along the bottom of the pages in the historical section is a time line that notes colorful details as well as significant events. Recipes from various periods add an eclectic note. Contributing enormously to the book's visual appeal, Schindler's excellent ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, illustrate incidents from the text with clarity, a flair for the dramatic, and a sense of humor. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this concise and informative adaptation of his book for adults, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Kurlansky traces the role that the once plentiful Atlantic cod has played in the history of North America and Europe. After describing the habits and habitat of this fish, the author explains its importance to both the survival and the economy of various peoples the Vikings, the Basques, European explorers, subsequent North Atlantic colonists and 20th-century Americans as well as its role in the slave trade and even Columbus's 1492 voyage to America. Sprinkled throughout are some lively historical anecdotes and quotes from books from various periods. Translating his 300-plus page book to a picture book for young people, Kurlansky's narrative becomes somewhat murky or misleading at times (as when he notes that, unlike the original American colonies, those to the far north, such as Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland, remained loyal to the British Empire: "It was too cold to fish for cod in their northern winters and so they did not develop as prosperous an economy as had given the lower thirteen a feeling of independence"). But a timeline running along the bottom of each spread and the clever conceit of following the fish through history will keep readers on track. Schindler's (Gold Fever) watercolor-and-ink illustrations effectively depict the changing eras, and humorous particulars perk up the narrative. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Kurlansky seems to have a love affair with cod. His adult book, Cod (Walker, 1997), explored the role of this underestimated fish in world affairs. Here, with the help of an illustrator, he has employed much of the same information to fashion an interesting and readable book for children. He gives some standard facts and figures about these fish: how big they grow, how many eggs they hatch, and how they survive. But the book is much more than this. Time lines show the impact of cod fishing on scores of historical events. It is credited with bringing the Vikings to the New World, and the Basques were so proficient at it that they were able to trade their catch for other valuable necessities; and dried cod literally fed the slave trade. The story is brought up to the 20th century with the effect of vacuum freezing on the industry. Intertwined with these fascinating facts is the author's plea for changes in the international fishing laws. The excellent-quality, watercolor cartoons move the story along; the chockablock page design is a tad busy, but all of the added information, such as the old recipes provided in illustrated boxes and useful time lines across the spreads, is clearly and attractively delivered. A welcome and intriguing addition to library shelves.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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