MY FRIEND FISH by Mamie Hegwood


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De Groat's warm, empathic black and white pictures take Moose's sad story more seriously than many young fishermen (to say nothing of their fathers) will be inclined to. On an outing at Camp Ro-Ho-Si-Kum-Kiambi, Swahili for Soul Day Camp, young Moose, who describes himself as a ""great fisherman,"" does catch a little fish, and he brings it home in a bucket of water to be his friend. But the next morning Fish is dead, Moose cries, and his father drives the whole family back up to the country for a picnic so that Moose can return Fish to his home. To us, Moose's decision to make a friend of his catch makes it harder to identify with him than with other bereaved pet owners we've met in picture books.

Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 1975
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston