Fishing Day

by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Shane W. Evans

A story set in the Jim Crow South features a young Black girl unwilling to let an... read more

A story set in the Jim Crow South features a young Black girl unwilling to let an invisible dividing line stand in the way of her desire to help someone in need. Reenie loves to fish with her mama, and they know the right bait to use to keep their lines busy. Pigeon, a poor white boy, and his brooding father who are fishing near them aren’t catching anything. Mama has made it clear to Reenie, and Pigeon’s father to him, that they are not to speak to one another. It’s the way things have always been, Reenie’s mama tells her. But when Pigeon’s sadness becomes impossible to ignore, Reenie reaches out, sharing her bait and advice. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s story underscores how important—and big—a seemingly small act can be. In her author’s note, she writes that even without Jim Crow laws, during her own childhood in New York, she felt as if she were on one side of an invisible fence, with white children on the other. Shane W. Evans’s illustrations vary from full-page artwork to smaller boxed images set against the backdrop of a running river. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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