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. Volume XXIII Number 35. . . May 19, 2017
Elliot’s pleading is to no avail, and a disappointed Elliot looks out his bedroom window and makes a wish on a bright star in the sky. “I wish I could catch the biggest fish that anyone has ever seen!”
When Elliot awakens, it would seem like his wish has come true, and he finds him self floating on the ocean in a boat. This is his chance to try out his fishing skills. But after waiting... and waiting ... and waiting, the big one eludes him. He is given all kinds of advice by a number of animals, like the puffin, a seal, a humpback whale and a jaeger, who encourage him to fish like they do, using their unique fishing skills. He tries their instructions, and they all declare that he can’t successfully fish and, in fact “Its impossible!” But not in Elliot’s determined imagination. The sweet ending is humorous and most satisfying.
Softly coloured, comic illustrations, full of energy and fun, add to the playfulness of the rollicking text of Elliot and the Impossible Fish.
Reesa Cohen is a retired Instructor of Children’s Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.
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