Papa's Mechanical Fish

By FLEMING, Candace

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ISBN
978-0-374-39908-5
Publisher
Farrar Margaret Ferguson


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on May 1, 2013  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 2–4—This picture book is a fictional account based on events in the life of eccentric inventor Lodner Phillips as told from the perspective of his daughter, Virena. Papa theorizes and tinkers but never succeeds. Finally, while the family is dropping lines from a pier into Lake Michigan, his daughter asks, "have you ever wondered what it's like to be a ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on June 1, 2013

Biographer (Amelia Lost, rev. 3/11) and picture-book-fiction author (Oh, No!, rev. 9/12) Fleming presents a story that's "almost true" -- based on the work of unsung nineteenth-century inventor Lodner Phillips. Young narrator Virena's eccentric papa is indefatigable; unfortunately, none of his inventions -- from edible socks to steam-powered roller skates -- quite works. Then, at Virena's inadvertent suggestion, he latches onto a big, important idea: "an underwater vessel...a mechanical fish." Through many iterations, he perfects his design, and ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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