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Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2013
I teach First Grade and used this book for the "Gear and Bait" portions of my unit on Ohio's Great River and Lakes and the recreation they provide for Ohio families. The artwork is superb, but the story line is only mediocre. I felt like the first 6 or 7 pages were great, but then David Shannon had to really stretch to come up with an ending to bring the story to a close. It does allow for the children to utilize drawing conclusions and also allows you to stop before reading the last page to have the students predict what the character will do and then to write their own ending. The students, however, LOVE this book and will ask to have it read over and over. In all, I will use this book again next year,even though it isn't Shannon's best writing.