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Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
ISBN: 9781681375465
Pages: 40
Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Fish for Supper

by M.B. Goffstein



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Fish for Supper is M.B. Goffstein’s Caldecott Honor story of a grandmother and her regular routine in summer: waking at five o’clock in the morning to make the most of a day on the lake, “with cans of worms and minnows, some fruit for lunch, bobbers, lines, hooks, and sinkers.” Delightfully and wittily, Goffstein departs from the usual fisherman’s tale to give us a day in the life of this no-nonsense, patient fisherwoman who catches “sunfish, crapper, perch, and sometimes a big northern pike,” who capably cleans her catch, and who can bake to boot. She relishes every bite of her well-earned supper, and the pleasure she takes in her self-sufficiency and graceful work becomes the reader’s as well. Based on Goffstein’s own childhood summers at her grandparents’ house on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, Fish for Supper transforms her indelible memories into a story that is as honed and gratifying as its heroine’s days.


Using poetic tellings accompanied by whimsical pictures, Goffstein reveals basic truths...Each Goffstein book is small and fits comfortably in the hand...Their simplicity is their strength...M.B. Goffstein is one of the finest illustrators/writers of our time. Like porcelain there is more to her work than meets the eye. Beneath the delicacy and fragility is a core of astounding strength.
The Washington Post