A Fish And A Gift – Yusuf waits on the beach while Papa pushes out his boat. Surfers, turtles and sharks come from the sea. What will Papa bring back for Yusuf? A tale of a fisherman and his family. Another great Creative Commons book from Bookdash.
Text and Images from A fish and a Gift
One special Friday Yusuf ’s father gets dressed
before a flicker of light brightens the sky. He
pulls on his heavy weather-proof jacket and
the green woollen cap that covers his ears. He
waves his boy goodbye. Yusuf ’s eyes brighten
when Papa says, “Today is the day I will catch a
fish and bring a gift home for you.”
A fish and a gift? Oh, what will it be? Papa cycles down to Muizenberg Beach. Squeak squeak go the wheels all the way to Surfer’s Corner.Gulls circle the sky.
“Whaaat? Whaaat? Whaaat?” they cry. “What will you bring back for Yusuf?” Papa rings his bell. “Wait and see what it will be!”
The fishermen watch the sun rise. They check
their nets. They check their oars. They listen
to the wind. They drag their boats down to
the water. Yusuf ’s grandfather, Oupa Salie was
a treknet fisherman. Before him his father,
Oupagrootjie Ridwaan, knew the sea too.
The boat rides into the waves. Papa’s arms stretch to the oar.
His leg braces against the side. His neck strains,
his back muscles ripple. Papa sings as he works:
“Drop and swish. Find a fish. Pull and plop. Don’t you stop.”
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