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Generous Fish, The
Generous Fish, The
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Children’s Books
Environment and Nature
Judaism
Mythology or Legend

Price:  $16.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-79-3
Book Size:  8" × 10"
# of Pages:  40
Language:  English



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Inspired by Jewish folklore, The Generous Fish is the story of a young boy named Reuven who takes a verse from scripture to “cast your bread upon the waters” (Ecclesiastes 11:1) quite literally. The result of his daily act is a giant talking fish with golden scales! Boy and fish spend idyllic days together until the villagers realize those scales are real gold. Every villager has good reason to ask for one. Devorah needs clothes for her children. Old Joseph needs money for a cane. The fish says he has plenty to share. But he grows weak from giving away too much, too fast. Can Reuven stand up to the village and save his friend?

Through a unique friendship between a boy and a magic fish, award-winning author Jacqueline Jules has created an environmental fable sure to generate discussion in the classroom and at home. What happens when we want something that depletes another’s resources? Frances Tyrrell’s finely detailed illustrations delightfully capture a child’s innocent love for the natural world. An author’s note provides biblical sources on human interaction with the environment.

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Detailed Description of The Generous Fish

Inspired by Jewish folklore, The Generous Fish is the story of a young boy named Reuven who takes a verse from scripture to “cast your bread upon the waters” (Ecclesiastes 11:1) quite literally. The result of his daily act is a giant talking fish with golden scales! Boy and fish spend idyllic days together until the villagers realize those scales are real gold. Every villager has good reason to ask for one. Devorah needs clothes for her children. Old Joseph needs money for a cane. The fish says he has plenty to share. But he grows weak from giving away too much, too fast. Can Reuven stand up to the village and save his friend?

Through a unique friendship between a boy and a magic fish, award-winning author Jacqueline Jules has created an environmental fable sure to generate discussion in the classroom and at home. What happens when we want something that depletes another’s resources? Frances Tyrrell’s finely detailed illustrations delightfully capture a child’s innocent love for the natural world. An author’s note provides biblical sources on human interaction with the environment.



About the Author and Illustrator

Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules is a prolific writer of children’s books, a poet, a teacher, and a librarian. Her literary output is impressive: She has written over 20 books for children, including her Zapato Power series and several that have won awards. Ms. Jules’s sensitivity to themes that engage children is evident in her choice of topics such as being away at camp, being at a new school and unable to communicate in English, being from a different culture in America, and so on. Her skill at retelling religious stories comes through in her series of bible stories. Jacqueline Jules’s has contributed three books to our Wisdom Tales imprint. The first was the multi-award-winning Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain, which was illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard. Ms. Jules’s next contribution was Feathers for Peacock, beautifully illustrated by Helen Cann. The most recent Wisdom Tales book from Jacqueline Jules is The Generous Fish, illustrated by Frances Tyrrell.

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Frances Tyrrell

Frances Tyrrell is an artist who creates finely detailed and imaginative illustrations for children’s books and a wide range of licensed products. She has illustrated The Generous Fish, written by Jacqueline Jules. In the book, Frances Tyrrell’s illustrations delightfully capture a child’s innocent love for the natural world.

A lover of the magical world of illustrated books since childhood, Frances now takes great pleasure in creating beautiful books for today’s children. Her works Huron Carol and Woodland Christmas have been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for Illustration, while her original watercolors are in private and public collections. Frances lives and works in Oakville, Canada.

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Reviews of The Generous Fish

“… Inspired by two Jewish folktales, one classic and one Hasidic, Jules has crafted a clear metaphor for environmental destruction and the need for healing. Tyrrell's lovely, vivid, detailed paintings depict an Old World Hasidic seaside town … A well-told story with enough pathos to deliver its underlying message of environmental stewardship. (Picture book. 5-8).”
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“… Inspired by Jewish folktales, The Generous Fish is a children's picturebook story about a talking fish with golden scales who befriends a young boy. Seemingly everyone in the boy's village needs the fish's golden scales for something - but doesn't the fish need its scales too? Can he protect his fishy friend from the village before its last scale is taken? A heartwarming parable, The Generous Fish is highly recommended especially for school and public library picturebook collections.”
Children’s Bookwatch, a review publication of Midwest Book Review




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