Friday, September 1, 2017

The Cod's Tale

I grew up in Massachusetts and spent many summers on Cape Cod, but never gave much thought to the name's provenance. It was only when I read Mark Kurlansky's World Without Fish that I realized the waters where I swam used to be filled with giant, ugly cod. I loved Kurlansky's deep dive into overfishing, so I checked out the audiobook version of his children's book, The Cod's Tale.

Who knew how important this fish was to the history of the world, the development of many countries, and the growth of various industries? I was fascinated by what I learned. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, but I think the intended audience of young readers will want to have the book handy for the illustrations. This is a masterful piece of nonfiction writing that belongs in school libraries.

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