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Tale of a Great White Fish

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Tale of a Great White Fish

A Sturgeon Story
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Big Fish is ancient and enormous. In her 177 years she's brushed against death more than once — stalked by panners in the gold rush of 1858, nearly crushed in a rock slide in 1913, almost stranded when the lake drained into the river in 1924, and threatened by a mysterious disease that killed many other sturgeons in the early 1990s. Since then, sport fishers have hooked her several times, and she's led them through quite a chase. But today scientists and many others are trying to help the sturgeon survive. Now, we hope, only old age will claim her when her time comes. This exciting adventure tale offers science, history, and environmental lessons supplemented with a glossary, a diagram, and interesting facts about the biology and history of the sturgeon.
Big Fish is ancient and enormous. In her 177 years she's brushed against death more than once — stalked by panners in the gold rush of 1858, nearly crushed in a rock slide in 1913, almost stranded when the lake drained into the river in 1924, and threatened by a mysterious disease that killed many other sturgeons in the early 1990s. Since then, sport fishers have hooked her several times, and she's led them through quite a chase. But today scientists and many others are trying to help the sturgeon survive. Now, we hope, only old age will claim her when her time comes. This exciting adventure tale offers science, history, and environmental lessons supplemented with a glossary, a diagram, and interesting facts about the biology and history of the sturgeon.
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  • Maggie de Vries is a writer, editor, teacher, and the award-winning author of several children’s books, including How Sleep Found Tabitha and Chance and the Butterfly. Her adult nonfiction title Missing Sarah was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and won the first annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Literature for 2004. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two cats in a house overlooking the Fraser River. She imagines the sturgeon there, deep beneath the surface of the river that she looks at and walks along every day.

    Renné Benoit is an award-winning artist who has illustrated many books for children, including Jason’s Journey and Goodbye to Griffith Street, which won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize in 2005. She grew up in Nepean, Ontario, and has always loved to draw and paint. She now lives in Southern Ontario with her husband and her two dogs, spending the days (and some evenings) in her home studio. When she's not sitting at her table with paintbrush in hand and a dog curled at her feet, she's gardening, hiking, reading, or working on her home.
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