A Million Fish…More Or Less

  • Title: A Million Fish…More or Less
  • Author: Patricia C. McKissack
  • Illustrator: Dena Schutzer
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
  • Publication year: 1992
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Hugh Thomas knows that the Bayou Clapateaux is a mighty peculiar place. Why, back in 1903, Papa-Daddy and Elder Abbajon caught a turkey that weighed 500 pounds…more or less. 500 pounds?! Hugh Thomas isn’t so sure about that, until he’s left alone on the bayou with only his fishing pole for company. Soon he catches three fish, and then…a million more! But after meeting up with raccoon bandits, thieving crows, and a hungry cat named Chantilly, Hugh Thomas returns home with just enough fish for breakfast…and a fantastic story, of course!”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I have seen some articles on the web that explain how math and numbers is used in the book and how it could be helpful for children. For instance, the alligator, Atoo, essentially asks Hugh Thomas, our protagonist, a math word problem. Hugh Thomas actually solves the problem by doing, instead of answering the alligator.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it– The illustrations in this book are bright, colorful which I think would help a child to be visually interested in this book. The use of thick watercolor really brings a sense of the fantastical to the tall tales that Papa-Daddy and Elder Abbajon tell to Hugh Thomas. Lastly, I think this would be a great book to use for storytelling and for exploring regional storytelling in a classroom. I found this article from The Claremore Daily Progress interesting for exploring mroe of Patricia McKissack’s work and why it is important to use African American voices for African and African American stories.

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