The Old Man And The C


Charlie may not have the fanciest boat. The C-Worthy is a little leaky. He may not have much luck as a fisherman. He only catches the "little ones." But he knows he is the smartest fisherman. So when Roger announces a fishing contest, Charlie is determined to win! At the sound of "go" he heads to his secret hiding spot to catch the biggest fish. Luck! A blue marlin bites! For two hours Charlie has been working to reel him in. Can he do it?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is one that kids (even non-fisherman) can appreciate. The author's style makes it easy to create an interactive tale.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our child liked this book. Because of the amount of text, we split it up over two readings. She particularly loved participating in the story ... as a boat engine, rocking on the boat, etc.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun story to read. You find yourself routing for Charlie right away! Although the book isn't divided into chapters, it is easy to parse if you want or need to. The lesson about winning ... and carefully reading the rules should not be missed!

Type of Book:
This is a fishing tale with life lessons for children.
Educational Themes:

Although this is largely meant to be a story for recreational reading, there are still themes and topics to draw from the tale: perseverence and self respect; problem solving and planning; winning and abiding by the rule; and appearance v. substance (vacation boaters v. true-blue fisherman).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 10
Age of child:
Shared with a 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a story that pre-readers will enjoy hearing. Elementary students (pre-readers and skilled readers alike) will also enjoy the story and may well appreciate the subtleties more.

Title The Old Man and the C
Author Carole Jean Tremblay
Publisher Pineapple Press © 2006
Illustrators Angela Donato
ISBN 1561643548
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Adventure, Transportation, Sports
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