While Mark lies in bed with a fever, he receives a gift from his uncle, his personal fly box. Dreams and reality merge as Mark opens the box, and a cloud of mayflies flutters out. Naturally curious, Mark follows them to the river that has mysteriously replaced the road in front of his house. There he sees his uncle fishing and joins him. In breathtaking color spreads, Say depicts the ensuing adventure and the catching of a magnificent trout. Mark learns that one must face difficult choices in life. Will he make a prize of the fish, or will he set it free?
A little boy takes a fantasy trip up the river by his house to fly-fish with his uncle.
Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.
The creator of Lost Lake and Tree of Cranes presents a deceptively simple
story--characteristically serene in both text and illustrations--about a boy's
fantasy fishing excursion with his uncle. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
"A softly wrought story with significant content." Booklist, ALA