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A Fish And A Gift

a fish and a giftA 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.

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 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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Every child should have a hundred books when they reach the age of five. that means handing down 600 million free books to South African children who probably could not afford to buy them, More children grow up not learning how to read and write well, and every day we lose more of these children. Let us not neglect these children and help them overcome poverty by first teaching them how to read and to enjoy the worlds that a book can open up.

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