Book Reviews


by Nadine Meyer

August 2011

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Tale of a Great White Fish: A Sturgeon Story, 2010

by Maggie De Vries, Illustrated by Renne Benoit Greystone Books

Grades: PreK-4 ISBN: 9781553653035

"Award-winning writer Maggie de Vries and prize-winning illustrator Renne Benoit present Tale of a Great White Fish: A Sturgeon Story, a children's picturebook about Big Fish, an ancient sturgeon nearly 177 years old who has dodged death many times, from drainage to disease to the threat of sports fishermen. Now laws protect her and her kind, and keep up hope that humans can help her species to survive. A fascinating tale about survival amid both natural and man-made dangers, Big Fish concludes with a handful of scientific and historic facts about sturgeon. A brief letter by Rick Hansen, chairman of the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, rounds out this engaging fishy adventure spanning nearly two centuries." ~ Midwest Book Review

Available in paperback.

Fishing Lake Superior

Fishing Lake Superior, 2002

by Shawn Perich, University of Minnesota Press

Grades: 5-Adult ISBN: 0816642001

This book is a nice reference book on a variety of fish and fishing techniques used in the Lake Superior watershed. Lake sturgeon are mentioned in the fish identification section of the book and again in a cultural history story. The author uses clear language that is easy to follow and engaging to read.

Available in paperback.






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People of the Sturgeon, Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, 2009

By Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, Frederick P. Binkowski, Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Grades: 8 and up ISBN: 9780870204319

This book provides a very deep history of the cultural connections between the people of Wisconsin and the Lake Sturgeon. The story includes the history of how the sturgeon almost became extinct, the bitter battles between management and public perceptions, and the success stories of the sturgeon's survival. The photographs alone make this book worth the view.

Available in hardcover.

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