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Hook, Line, and Sinker: Everything Kids Wanted to Know About Fishing    by Italo Labignan & Jock MacRae order for
Hook, Line, and Sinker
by Italo Labignan
Order:  USA  Can
Key Porter, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I wish we'd had Hook, Line, and Sinker before my sons ventured out in a boat to try fishing for the first time. It would have saved a great deal of frustration and made the experience much more fun.

Fishing expert Italo Labignan introduces his subject by talking about fishing through history and explaining why people like to do it. He provides Fishy Facts and an overview of different watery habitats. His text is accompanied by photos of young fishermen and by Jock MacRae's fluid illustrations of equipment, techniques and the fish themselves. The coverage is comprehensive including: Places for Fishing (including Ice Fishing); Fishing Tackle, Different Methods of Fishing; Fishing Step by Step; What to Do with the Fish You Catch (a step by step diagram shows how to prepare them for eating); and Know Your Fish (an illustrated guide).

Safety First and Eco-Alert tips are scattered throughout. There are even Jump In! instructions on how to make your own Tackle Box using a shoe box and egg cartons; catch your own bait; make floats (using a bottle cork), sinkers and lures; and tie a variety of knots. Hook, Line, and Sinker is an excellent resource for any young person who's keen to go fish.

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