While I don't think this book is in the final grouping, I do think that if the light is shining just right and the judges are in just the right mood and the snacks at their discussion are particularly satisfying, this one just may win an honor sticker. Candace Fleming had a Caldecott contender last year with Oh, No!, so if not this year, I definitely think an award will be given to one of her books in the future. She has been doing some lovely things in the world of children's literature.
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Title: Papa’s Mechanical Fish
Virena’s dad is an inventor with limited success (edible socks?) However, on a fishing trip, an innocent question about what it is like to be a fish, leads papa back to the workshop. Here he begins to work on the beginnings of a submarine. Each version has it’s issues until the fourth time when the family is off for an underwater outing!
First off the illustrations in this story are gorgeous. The full page spreads allow the artist to include wonderful details and I especially enjoyed the juxtaposition of the mechanical drawings throughout. There is a grandness to the illustrations that mirror the grand plans of the inventor.
Great book for all kids. There is a lot in the story so I would recommend parents read it first to get the rhythm down.
Candice Fleming never disappoints. Not only do I love her books, but each one is always unique and different from the last.
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