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Fishing in the air
Creech, Sharon.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Pine Plains, N.Y. : Live Oak Media, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (approximately 11 min.) + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm)
A young boy and his father go on a fishing trip and discover the power of imagination.
General Note:
"Joanna Cotler Books".
Reading Level:
AD 570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 43015.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 22843 Guided reading level: N.




Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1351 Adult Media Kit Media Kits
CASSETTE KIT 1351 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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We were going on a
journey, to a secret place.
We'd catch the air!
We'd catch the breeze!

A father and son set out early one morning in search of a cool, clear river in which to fish. With their lines and bobbers, they cast high into the air catching memories, discoveries, and

a bubble of breeze
and a sliver of sky
and a slice of yellow sun.

The first picture book by Sharon Creech, Newbery award-winning author of Walk Two Moons, is a lyrical portrait of the bond between a father and son. Caldecott Honor recipient Chris Raschka's illustrations shimmer in pools of color and light, making Fishing in the Air a beautiful reminder of the gift of imagination a parent passes on to a child -- and a child gladly shares in return.

AWARDS: Best Children's Books 2000 (PW) and Lasting Connections 2001 (Book Links)

Author Notes

Sharon Creech was on born July 29, 1945 in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She was in college when she took literature and writing courses and became intrigued by story-telling. Later, she was a teacher (high school English and writing) in England and in Switzerland.

Her novel Walk Two Moons received in 1995 Newbery Medal; The Wanderer was a 2001 Newbery Honor book and Ruby Holler received the 2002 Carnegie Medal. In 2007, Heartbeat was a finalist in the Junior Division (4th to 6th grades) of the Young Reader's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association. She has written over 15 fiction novels for young readers.

She is married to Lyle Rigg, who is the headmaster of The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, and have two grown children, Rob and Karin.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. A delirious verbal build-up ala "This is the house that Jack built" is matched by the calligraphic exuberance of images inspired by Chagall and Picasso. A boy and his father go fishing, a journey to a "secret place" to "catch the air . . . and catch the breeze!" When Dad notes that the streetlights look like moons and the trees like green soldiers, they metamorphose in the pictures. As father and son cast their lines, the child asks about the house his father lived in when he was a boy. Then the images pile one upon another: the house with a red roof, the green fields, and the clear river, as the boy casts his line to pull in a sliver of sky, a slice of sun, a bubble of breeze. The illustrations grow as wild and lush as the words, building a memory palace for father and son. Going home, the parent and child truly catch the air, the breeze, and all of the father's memories: "And we caught a father, / and we caught a boy, / who learned to fish." Intimate and imaginative, as one would expect from a talented author and illustrator. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Author and artist are as inextricably linked as the father and son they portray in this moving meditation on the importance of memories and tradition," wrote PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sharon Creech demonstrates her versatility as a writer for children in this unique look at life and sharing in the great outdoors (HarperCollins, 2000). In this story illustrated by Chris Rashka, a father and son embark on a secret early morning adventure. Through the father's words, the boy can imagine his father's childhood. The father's tale of his childhood home, growing up surrounded by nature and fishing with his father, becomes the boy's own story. The father's subtle comments turn the boy's imagination into a visual feast. Through Jason Harris's mellow reading, the story becomes a celebration of sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and flavors. Harris has a smooth tone, giving the father and son the same voice. After enjoying a day outdoors together, the father and boy realize the similarity in their own histories and their mutual love of nature. Since the spirited illustrations strongly support the text, the book must be available for listeners. A good choice to present father-son relationships and strong male role models.-Sherrie Davidson, Lyn Knoll Elementary School, Aurora, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.