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Fishin' Jimmy   By: (1838-1926)

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Fishin' Jimmy by Annie Trumbull Slosson is a heartwarming and timeless tale that takes readers on a journey into the charming world of a small fishing town. Through vivid descriptions and lovable characters, Slosson crafts a story that is enjoyable for both young and adult readers alike.

The story revolves around Fishin' Jimmy, a young boy who dreams of becoming a fisherman like his father. Jimmy's determination and passion for the sea take center stage as he embarks on various fishing adventures, facing both triumphs and challenges along the way. Slosson's ability to capture the essence of Jimmy's character and portray his growth and maturation throughout the story is truly captivating.

One of the highlights of Fishin' Jimmy is the vivid imagery that Slosson brings to life through her detailed descriptions. From the salty scent of the ocean to the rhythmic sounds of fishing boats, readers can easily imagine themselves immersed in the coastal setting. This attention to detail creates an immersive reading experience, making the story come alive in the minds of readers.

The characters in this book are incredibly endearing, each with their own unique personalities and quirks. Fishin' Jimmy's relationship with his father, as well as the bonds he forms with fellow fishermen and townspeople, add depth and authenticity to the story. Slosson skillfully develops these characters, making them feel like old friends by the end of the book.

Aside from its charming storyline, Fishin' Jimmy also touches upon important themes such as the power of determination, the value of friendship, and the beauty of small-town communities. Young readers will be inspired by Jimmy's perseverance and unwavering dedication, while adult readers will be reminded of the joy and simplicity that can be found in the everyday moments of life.

Overall, Fishin' Jimmy is a delightful and heartwarming tale that will capture the hearts of readers young and old. Annie Trumbull Slosson's ability to weave a captivating story, rich with imagery and lovable characters, is truly commendable. Whether you are a fan of fishing tales or simply enjoy a well-crafted story, Fishin' Jimmy is a book that deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

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It was on the margin of Pond Brook, just back of Uncle Eben's, that I first saw Fishin' Jimmy. It was early June, and we were again at Franconia, that peaceful little village among the northern hills.

The boys, as usual, were tempting the trout with false fly or real worm, and I was roaming along the bank, seeking spring flowers, and hunting early butterflies and moths. Suddenly there was a little plash in the water at the spot where Ralph was fishing, the slender tip of his rod bent, I heard a voice cry out, "Strike him, sonny, strike him!" and an old man came quickly but noiselessly through the bushes, just as Ralph's line flew up into space, with, alas! no shining, spotted trout upon the hook. The new comer was a spare, wiry man of middle height, with a slight stoop in his shoulders, a thin brown face, and scanty gray hair. He carried a fishing rod, and had some small trout strung on a forked stick in one hand. A simple, homely figure, yet he stands out in memory just as I saw him then, no more to be forgotten than the granite hills, the rushing streams, the cascades of that north country I love so well.

We fell into talk at once, Ralph and Waldo rushing eagerly into questions about the fish, the bait, the best spots in the stream, advancing their own small theories, and asking advice from their new friend... Continue reading book >>

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