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Jack's First FishJack's First Fish
Children's English/Italian middle grade
Lou Tognola
Illustrator: Roberta Hubbard
Writers Exchange Epublishing
Interesting read ... Recommended ... 5 stars

Jack is visiting his grandparents. He has never been fishing before but Granddad and he go out to dig some worms while Nanny fixes them a lunch to take with them. Jack, Nanny and Granddad go to a good fishing spot where they catch enough fish for supper. Jack has a lot to tell his parents when they telephone to see how he is enjoying his holiday.

Writer Tognola is Australian, a teacher, grandparent and a fisherman. These are all talents he puts to good use in his little book "Jack's First Fish". Tognola together with illustrator Roberta Hubbard have produced an enchanting publication sure to please youngsters and adults alike.

While the vocabulary is a tad difficult for the 5 - 8 set "Jack's First Fish" will lend itself well to 'please read to me' time. Children aged 9-11 should have little difficulty with vocabulary. A glossary of words and phrases in the back of the book will aide with some words kids may find difficult.

Two things I found particularly endearing when reading "Jack's First Fish" were first a new word: YUMLICIOUS to describe how Jack's fish tasted. The other is the fact that American, and perhaps other, children worldwide are introduced to a new concept or two while they are also shown that folks living in other countries often live very much as do we here in the U.S. Jam in Australia comes in a tin, while in the U.S. it comes in glass and plastic jars or squeeze bottles. Hubbard's drawings are a delight, grandfather's truck is different than the ones most kids here in the U.S. know, however Grandpa's cat, his fishing gear, Nanny's kitchen and sofa and chair all resemble those kids here in this country know.

Each page of "Jack's First Fish" contains both Italian and English verbiage. I like this from an educational standpoint. Whether parent or teacher speaks Italian or not children are introduced to another language and may well have their appetite for more of other cultures whetted from this introduction.

Good book for multi culture unit in middle grades, the home library and pleasure reading. Happy to recommend "Jack's First Fish".

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