* “Accessible to middle-grade readers…The Cod’s Tale considers how the cod fits into human history. Excellent ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, illustrate incidents from the text with clarity, a flair for the dramatic, and a sense of humor.” —Booklist, starred review
What was it that enabled the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, and the Pilgrims to cross the cold Atlantic Ocean to America? What became a staple of the medieval diet in Europe, helped spur the American Revolution, and allowed the early New Englanders to start making money of their own?
Would you believe that it was a fish?
Based on Mark Kurlansky’s New York Times bestselling adult book, Cod, this picture book offers a unique look at over a thousand years of world history.
“Breezy, kid-friendly prose…fascinating and informative…bound to hook young readers.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
An ALA Notable Book
Includes suggestions for further reading, factual sidebars, and timeline
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land; Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster: History on the… More about Mark Kurlansky
Praise for The Cod’s Tale: *”Contributing enormously to the book’s visual appeal, Schindler’s excellent ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, illustrate incidents from the text with clarity, a flair for the dramatic, and a sense of humor.” —Booklist, starred review “A welcome and intriguing addition to library shelves.” —School Library Journal “Kurlansky is a masterful storyteller. . . . Schindler’s pictures, from serious to silly, add to the pleasure . . . . Readers of this title will never again look at fish and chips in quite the same way.” —Kirkus Reviews “Breezy, kid-friendly prose. . . . Fascinating and informative . . . bound to hook young readers.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books