A Fish And A Gift

By: Liesl Jobson, Jesse Breytenbach, Andy Thesen



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 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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