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Six Foolish Fishermen

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A Cajun retelling of a popular funny folktale from a dynamic author-illustrator team.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Hyperion Books
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Aug 27, 2011 JaNeal rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
For all the fishermen I love... this ridiculous story is a laugh-out-loud listening pleasure. It helps if you can speak "cajun" and a touch of French (which I don't, but it's fun trying). I'm pretty certain that this tale began in the oral telling and it may even work better that way because it is a touch long for this type of picture book. For this reason and also because the story requires a fair amount of reasoning, it really is a book intended for an older child.
Amy Lignor
Oct 12, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
Children’s books, let’s face it, have always been and still are the most fun adventures in the publishing industry. In this genre there is humor, laugh-out-loud fun, things that go bump in the night (but don’t actually scare you to death), and stories that become absolute favorites that are read to you night after night after night by your parents. They also give that ‘gift’ to the parents of being able to come home after a long day, sit, relax, and have a personal (much needed) moment, spent in ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it
This is a Cajun variant of a story common around the world, about six (or in some versions, seven) men who think one is missing because, when counting themselves, each neglects to count his own self.

I first read that story in kindergarden, in a book featuring bears. This book is better written than the one I read as a child :)

Every page is funny, and you also have the bonus of finding the turtle in the various pages.

I do have a few qualms about it. First, I can't duplicate a Cajun accent, and my
Katie Jelinek
I really didnt care for this book as it turned out to be an "okay" read. It is the story of six silly friends spending a day trying to figure out how to proceed with their fishing trip when one thing after another goes wrong. As it was eventful story, it was not necessarily entertaining to me. I feel as if I might use this to teach the concept of bouncing back from troubling situations, and moving forward.
Rose Goodwin
This book was silly. The six fisherman had trouble with their math skills and common sense. It is a folktale with a look at Louisiana's Cajun language. It has a glossary at the end along with an author's note. The story would be fun for little ones learning to count. It would probably be a reread for some.
Katie Jackson
Oct 15, 2011 Katie Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
The six fishermen are always having trouble figuring out tasks. They get glues on how to fix their problems but they still don't fully understand. This book is goofy and is great for kids to read for fun.
Apr 30, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite story to read to school classes K-3. All children are brighter than the six friends in this story who go fishing one day.
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Silly read! I enjoyed it!
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