Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Book Cover for Gone Fishing, a boy with a red hat and yellow shirt leads the way, following him is a man and a young girl with a pony tail; All three have fishing poles and gear“Okay, then, now it’s just us three,”
“But, Dad, it was just you and me.”

Sam feels disappointed when his Dad allows sister Lucy to come along on their fishing trip, and then resentful when she starts to reel them in. This clever story, told through a sequence of very short poems, reveals the mixed feelings that brothers and sisters can have for each other over the span of one day. I read this as a sweet, quick story and then immediately went back through it to admire this first-time author’s use of different poetry forms. Each type of poem (haiku, ode, complaint, etc.) is used to convey part of the story or Sam’s emotions in such a way that illustrates the unique power of each form. The Poet’s Toolbox addendum defines major poetic techniques and forms, detailing how they were used here. But your kids will simply enjoy this family story about Sam’s big day “gone fishing”. 

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