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Papa’s Mechanical Fish

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by Candace Fleming (author), Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)

“Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Fish?”

 Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr!” That was the sound of Papa working. Papa is an inventor but he has never really made anything that works perfectly. That is because he is looking for a truly fantastic idea!

So Papa twiddles his tools and pulls his hair! And he thinks a lot. But no “fantastic” idea will come to him! So he decides “Enough thinking! Let’s go fishing!”

Papa's Mechanical Fish Frustrated

As the family drop their fishing lines into Lake Michigan, the oldest daughter of the family, Vierna, asks him, “Papa, have you wondered what it is to be a fish?” And then a brilliant idea pops into Papa’s head and off he goes, rushing back to his workshop..

Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr!” Papa is working hard in his workshop and out comes an “underwater vessel“!

Papa's Mechanical Fish Inventing

 But will it work??Frown

Papa's Mechanical Fish Ideas

Almost! Virena thinks again, and asks ” Papa, how does fish stay dry?” This makes Papa think and off he goes, back to his workshop and this time he comes up with many more improvements… and after many more questions from Virena and many more tries, Papa finally gets it right!

Papa's Mechanical Fish Finally

As the family sits down to celebrate, Virena wonders aloud “Papa,  have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a bird?”

Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr!”Wink

This is a fictional story based on the early work done on submarines by the real life inventor Lodner Phillips. In the summer of 1851, Papa (Lodner Phillips), the eccentric inventor, took his family on an expedition to Lake Michigan. But no one really knows what drove him to become “obsessed” with building a submarine.

“Papa’s Mechanical Fish” is a FUN story straight from the author’s imagination about what must have transpired during that time. The story reads well with simple language that flows with slight repetition to keep the story interesting. The Horn Book review says “Fleming’s telling is lively, humorous, and specific.” I couldn’t agree more!

The art work is remarkable. Bright and colorful, Kulikov’s playful and detailed illustrations draws you in. The play on perspectives and the full bleed drawings make for a fantastic picture book read.

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


16 comments

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  1. That book looks marvelous! What gorgeous illustrations!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Kathy, it is indeed a fascinating story!
      -Reshama

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  2. Thanks for linking up my Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution. I’m back from vacation in central Colorado and ready for a great party this week. See you there!

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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  3. authoraileenstewart

    Hey Jennifer. Stopping by to say hello from the Kid Lit Blog. What a fabulous book and how interesting that it is based off of the work on the first submarines. Thanks for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Aileen. Its a well written historical fiction. A rare find in kidlit!
      -Reshama

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  4. Great review. I really need to read this one pronto. Visiting from the KidLit Blog Hop.

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    • reshamad

      It’s a lovely book Darshana. Thanks for stopping by.
      -Reshama

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  5. I am over from the Hop. This book looks excellent! Thanks!

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  6. Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Looks like a book full of humor that kids will love. Thank you!

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  7. krissottoh

    This sounds fab! Love how it explains in a fun way the history of the submarine. Must add it to my list for my kids.

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  8. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now. Will absolutely have to get it now. Sounds wonderful !!

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  9. What a fun way to share a book! Thanks so much. I had not heard of this one. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl, Hop Hostess.

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    • reshamad

      I love the spirit of invention and broad thinking! Its great to see books that encourage kids to think differently..
      -Reshama

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