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The Cod's Tale by Mark Kurlansky

The Cod's Tale

by Mark Kurlansky

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I loved this book. I learned so much. If you read Salt, then this makes perfect sense as a follow-up. Great book. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
This is an informative book about the history of the cod. The cod is a fish that allowed the Vikings to cross the Atlantic, and Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and the pilgrims after that. This fish also was a staple of the medieval diet in Europe, helped spur the American Revolution and helped early New Englanders start making money of their own. This book is interesteing and engaging. The illustrations are bold and entertaining. I like the way this book tracks the cod as a part of world history. I believe this is a must read for children 8 and older.
  hollyjohnston2 | Nov 26, 2010 |
Historical look at cod and what they mean to different countries, cultures and people. Cute book that includes reciepes, poems and much more about cod. Beautiful illustrations.
  ilovezeppe | Mar 10, 2009 |
History is brought to life by this story of cod, the fish that changed the world. The colorful humorous pictures make the information enjoyable and more meaningful. The timeline along the bottom of the pages highlights the historical information.
  prkcs | Feb 21, 2009 |
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Do not combine Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World with A Cod's Tale. A Cod's Tale is a much shorter, illustrated version of Cod aimed at children.
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Parents may have read or heard of Mark Kurlansky's runaway bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. It's an improbably fascinating story, and here, Kurlansky has teamed up with superb illustrator S.D. Schindler to tell it all over again, this time for kids. The life history of the cod--driven by its insatiable hunger--is interwoven with the insatiable hunger of people, from the Vikings onwards. The illustrations are both informative (a cross-section of the Continental Shelf, a map of the Atlantic) and humorous (comical New Englanders dancing for joy at the invention of frozen fish fingers). Along the way, the reader accidentally learns a great deal about the Vikings, the Basques, the American Revolution, the slave trade--and the current danger, once thought impossible, that the cod will be fished to extinction. Too chewy for children under about 5 or 6, this is an excellent bellyful of high-protein nonfiction for all children and even their parents. (Ages 6 to 12) --Richard Farr

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Kurlansky brings history to life with this entertaining story of how a single fish changed the world.

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