Psychologist Weaves Tale Rooted In Tradition,
This review is from: The Fisherman's Son (Paperback)Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, award-winning author of This is the Place and Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered
When it's time to introduce a child to beautiful language in a book she can read herself, A Fisherman's Son might well be an excellent choice.
Writing her first children's novel, psychologist Marilyn Peake brings the elements of the tales we cut our teeth on up to a level for a child who's a bit older. The protagonist is a boy of twelve who is forced to grow up quickly. He loses his mother, his father is absent and, when he senses his own destiny, he must find the courage to face the trials posed by many of the greatest myths including those of the Greeks.
The story has the flavor of time-honored tales partially because it is so well-rooted in tradition. There are talking animals, an imaginative lost city, a dragon-like nemesis and more. Even the narrative style evokes the feeling imparted by fairy tales.
The language in Fisherman is not so roseate that it deters a reader but occasionally delights nonetheless. Consider:
"...a yellow ball..rolled by...Had it not been for its brilliant turquoise blue eyes, Wiley
One caveat: Many reviewers have classified this book at Young Adult. Perhaps it can't be easy categorized, but I believe that "Young Readers" would work better. Though a fantasy, it is not woven with the intricacy that readers from thirteen to eighteen would demand.
Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
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