All day at school, Rocky stares out the window, imagining fishing boats sailing across the sky. He wants nothing more than to fish for lobster with his dad, and finally one season he’s old enough to go along.
Before dawn, Rocky, Dad and sister Patsy untie their boat and head out to sea. Surrounded by the vast expanse of sky and water, Rocky feels as free as a seagull. His dad steers toward their first buoy, then pulls up a line of traps full of lobster. Rocky learns how to band their claws, then Patsy rebaits the traps and shoves them back into the sea. It takes a full day to haul up, empty, rebait and re-set three hundred traps, but Rocky loves every minute of it. “If the salt’s still in your veins when you’re Patsy’s age, you can leave school and fish all you want,” his dad tells him.
Anne Laurel Carter’s story is inspired by the childhood memories of Rocky Gaudet, who grew up wanting to fish the sea like his Acadian ancestors. He continues to fish for lobster in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia today. Marianne Dumas’ naïve watercolor illustrations recall Rocky’s first fishing experience.
Includes an author’s note and a glossary.
Anne Laurel Carter has a Master of Education and has worked as a teacher-librarian. She has published nearly twenty books, including The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award. It was also named a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Book, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society and a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Under a Prairie Sky, illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel, won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. Anne divides her time between Toronto and Riverport, Nova Scotia.
Marianne Dumas is an author and illustrator of children’s books, as well as a teacher. Most recently she wrote and illustrated The Fox and the Fisherman, which has been published in French as Le pêcheur et le renard. She lives with her family in Chibougamau, Quebec.
Praise for The Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
* “Information-packed but never didactic … Fluid writing and straightforward storytelling make this a pleasure to read … Thoughtful and engaging.” Kirkus, starred review
“Carter strikes a splendid balance in character development … Background and cultural information are seamlessly woven into the narrative …” School Library Journal
Praise for The Fox and the Fisherman by Marianne Dumas
“Dumas explores friendship, loss, new life and aging in this gentle and simple story that would be at home in an elementary classroom, school library, or simply as a much loved ‘read it again’ bedtime story.” CM Magazine
“Dumas is a gifted painter, and many of her watercolour illustrations are striking. She has a knack for capturing raw emotion, and is at her best when depicting the fisherman and the wildness of the sea. Quill & Quire