March 16, 2015

Ancient fish

Tale of a Great White Fish: A Sturgeon Story
by Maggie de Vries
illustrated by Renné Benoit

Sturgeon have lived in Earth's waters since the time of the dinosaurs. Maggie de Vries tells the story of one white sturgeon as she grows, spawns, and hunts for food along British Columbia's Fraser River. Along the way, she contends with predators, rock slides, hooks, nets, and the draining of her home lake. The quietly dramatic story is enhanced with equally dramatic watercolours of the big fish and her surroundings. Also of note is the passing of years, effectively conveyed by three key statistics - the sturgeon's age, length, and weight. Spanning nearly 200 years, a tiny fry grows into a 1,698-pound big fish nearly 20 feet long.

An interesting story, well-told.

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