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Fishing in the Air

Fishing in the Air

(2000)
A Picture Book by

 
"'We're going on a journey,' my father said. 'To a secret place. We'll catch the air! We'll catch the breeze!'" And indeed, one Saturday, a young boy and his father head off on a fishing trip while it's still early-morning blue-black outside. As they drive and drive, the dad points out that the street lamps glow like tiny moons--and then they are tiny moons--and that the trees look like tall green soldiers. At last the dreamy duo smells the river, and the fishing and the talking begin. The father tells of the house he lived in when he was a boy, and as he describes it, Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka's swirling strokes of color transport the boy in time and place. As his father continues his reverie, the boy, with his unhooked fishing line, catches a slice of sun, a white, white cloud... he catches it all, including the air and the breeze as first promised. This is Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech's first picture book, but fans of her novels will recognize its power and poetry. Raschka's gorgeous illustrations, reminiscent of Russian lacquered boxes, manage to portray the world of imagination, where the similes and metaphors of memory are allowed to take shape quite literally. This is a beautiful book about storytelling and the mind's eye, but also simply about a little boy and his dad who go on a fishing trip with a can of worms and a sack of sandwiches. We're hoping this one works its way onto the shelf of classics. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson





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)

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Library Binding
Title: Fishing In The Air (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0-613-66967-3 / 978-0-613-66967-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Fishing in the Air with Cassette(s)
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 1-59112-225-2 / 978-1-59112-225-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Live Oak Media
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April 2003 : USA Turtleback
Title: Fishing in the Air
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0-606-27765-X / 978-0-606-27765-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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August 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: Fishing in the Air
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0-06-028111-1 / 978-0-06-028111-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Joanna Cotler / Harpercollins
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August 2000 : USA Library Binding
Title: Fishing in the Air
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0-06-028112-X / 978-0-06-028112-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

October 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Fishing in the Air
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 1-59112-226-0 / 978-1-59112-226-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Live Oak Media
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September 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Fishing in the Air with Cassette(s)
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 1-59112-224-4 / 978-1-59112-224-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Live Oak Media
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Fishing in the Air
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0-06-051606-2 / 978-0-06-051606-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Fishing in the Air (Pb)
Author(s): Creech Alison
ISBN: 0-333-96129-3 / 978-0-333-96129-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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Audio Editions

October 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: Fishing in the Air [With 4 Paperback Books]
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 1-59112-521-9 / 978-1-59112-521-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)
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October 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: Fishing in the Air [With Paperback]
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 1-59112-512-X / 978-1-59112-512-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)
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January 2000 : USA Audio CD
Title: Fishing in the Air with Hardcover Book(s)
Author(s): Sharon Creech
ISBN: 1-59112-513-8 / 978-1-59112-513-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Live Oak Media
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