DOWN BY THE RIVER by Andrew Weiner. Illus. by April Chu. New York: Abrams Books, 2018. 32p. ISBN 978-14197-22936 hc. $17.99 Gr. K-3 E PIC
The basics of fly-fishing are covered in this fact-filled story about Art's day of fly fishing with his mother and grandfather. They start the day with a checklist of food and equipment needed for their trip to the trout stream. Art's mother is quite an expert, and snags a rainbow trout on her first try. With coaching by his grandfather, Art uses good fishing technique and catches a brown trout of his own. It's a gentle story of family tradition and nature conservation joined together by the sport of fly fishing. The end pages are beautifully illustrated with a variety of flies such as "Zonker," "Copper John Jig," "Rattlin' Baitfish" and many more - each designed to catch different kinds of fish. There's also an illustrated section titled "About Fly fishing" and one about the clothing needed for a safe fishing trip. This book will inspire readers to find out more about fish and fishing.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI