Days of the Ducklings (cover)

Going Fishing

US: Houghton Mifflin
Iceland: Salka
Icelandic Title:
Til fiskiveiða fóru
translated by Sigurður A. Magnússon

"A delightfully illustrated
presentation of fishing,
family, and, of course,
Booklist, March 1, 2005

Bruce's Forty-third
Children's Book

US - Houghton Mifflin
ISBN 0-618-47201-0

Iceland - Salka
Icelandic ISBN 9979-768-39-8
English ISBN 9979-768-33-9
March, 2005 release from
Houghton Mifflin in the US
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Summer 2005 release from
Salka in Iceland
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"All of the images are eye-catching, beautifully composed, and crystal clear."
School Library Journal, May 2005
Awards & Honors
Personal Note

Photographing a duckling in Iceland

Welcome to Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Going Fishing has been selected as a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for 2006.

The fully annotated, illustrated bibliography includes Going Fishing, in the May/June 2006 issue of Social Education, from the NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies). This selection is displayed at the NCSS Annual Conference in November 2006.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People has been a cooperative project of NCSS and CBC (Children's Book Council) since 1972. The children's Book Council distributes offprints of the annotated list to book wholesalers and retailers, teachers, librarians, parents, and other interested individuals, and at meetings and conventions around the country. The list is also featured on the NCSS and CBC web sites.

NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for 2006

The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by NCSS and assembled in cooperation with the CBC. Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books are included on the list by committee assent; annotations do not necessarily reflect the judgment of the entire committee.
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Young Friðrik Örn Sigþórsson goes on a fishing adventure in the beautiful Icelandic fishing village of Stykkishólmur.

First Friðrik goes cod fishing with his maternal grandfather, Friðrik Jónsson. Then he goes lumpfish fishing with his father, Sigþór “Siggi” Hallfreðsson, and paternal grandfather, Hallfreður “Haddi” Lárusson, all to learn about and participate in the traditional and cultural heritage of fishing in Iceland.

And as his mother always says, "Don’t forget your hat."

US Publisher's Catalogue Description

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Friðrik Jónsson
cod fishing

lumpfish fishing

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Personal Note

Young Friðrik was about five years-old when we shot the book in 2002. He turned six on August 30, 2002. The book process sometimes takes awhile. Here you can see Friðrik when we shot the book in 2002 and when the book came out in March of 2005. One us has changed his haircut style, and look at how he has grown in such a short time.

Bruce and Friðrik July 2002
Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Bruce and Friðrik March 2005
Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Going Fishing came about at the suggestion of my good friend Sigþor "Siggi" Hallfreðsson, who also helped to make the shooting go so well. On the first Sunday in July 2002, I called Siggi and his family in Iceland to say hello. I had no plans for this book, nor to go to Iceland during the summer. Siggi said, "Why don't you do a book about fishing? Young Friðrik's grandfathers both have boats in Stykkishólmur and fish for cod and lumpfish. By Monday I had an outline and film ordered; by Tuesday I had my ticket and was packing; and by Thursday I was in the air and on my way to Iceland .

Today when I visit schools, I bring along the same hat that young Friðrik wore when fishing, his traditional Icelandic húfa which his grandmother knit for him. I share it with students in the US thanks to his mother, Erla Friðriksdóttir.

My first book, Finestkind o' Day, was about lobster fishing in Maine . Years later I wrote and shot Salmon Summer about fishing in Alaska. No w I've written and shot Going Fishing in Iceland . The funny thing is, I never set out to do a series called "fishing around the world".

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March 1, 2005

"A delightfully illustrated presentation."

McMillan, Bruce. Going Fishing.
March 2005. 32p. illus. Houghton/Walter Lorraine
$16 (0-618-47201-0). 799.16.

Gr. 2-4. McMillan's sixth book set in Iceland, this narrative photo-essay follows a young boy from Reykjavik to the fishing village where his two grandfathers live. Each takes his grandson out on his own boat to catch a type of fish important to Iceland: cod, caught with lines and hooks, and lumpfish, caught with nets and valued for its roe. The clarity of the color photos brings the people, their surroundings, and the process of fishing sharply into focus, while the emphasis on real people doing everyday things offers children glimpses of life in Iceland. Both the conversations in the text and the photos have a natural air that is unusual in this type of book. A delightfully illustrated presentation of fishing, family, and, of course, Iceland. --Carolyn Phelan

This copyrighted © review originally appeared in Booklist and appears here with their permission.

School Library Journal
May 2005

"All of the images are eye-catching, beautifully composed, and crystal clear."

McMillan, Bruce. Going Fishing.
photos. by author. 32 p. bibliog. CIP.
Houghton/A Walter Lorraine Bk. March 2005.
Tr $16. ISBN 0-618-47201-0. LC 2004015506.

Gr 1-4 - McMillan returns to Iceland for his latest photo-documentary. Friðrik spends one day fishing with each of his grandfathers, who live in a small coastal village. The first day he helps catch cod by using reels built into the boat. The next day he joins his father and grandfather, who use nets to catch female lumpfish in order to harvest their roe. Friðrik’s enjoyment in the entire enterprise is apparent, but McMillan's photos reveal the hard work involved as well. All of the images are eye-catching, beautifully composed, and crystal clear. Additional information about the two kinds of fish is appended. Fans of the author's other Icelandic outings, Nights of the Pufflings (1995) and Days of the Ducklings (2001, both Houghton), will definitely want this related volume. The book will also appeal to those who participate in family fishing outings whether for commerce or recreation. -- Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

This copyrighted © review originally appeared in School Library Journal and appears here with permission.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
May 2005

"Crisp color photographs "

MCMILLAN, BRUCE Going Fishing; written and illus. with photographs by Bruce McMillan. Lorraine/Houghton, 2005 [32p] ISBN 0-618-47201-0 $16.00

Note: The following review has factual information incorrect. The review errors are highlighted in red and the correct information given after the review.

Reviewed from galleys Ad Gr. 3-5

Frithrik is one lucky kid: each of his grandfathers takes him fishing off the coast of their Icelandic towns. Grandfather Frithrik, for whom the youngster is named, takes him out on the Gauti to fish for cod, lowering the lines from mounted reels, hauling in the catch on multiple baited lures, tossing back the smaller fish and keeping big ones. The next day Frithrik's off with Grandfather Haddi to check the nets for lumpfish. The boy sorts out the seaweed while the adults sort the fish, tossing back the males and gutting the females for their roe; Frithrik then feeds the remains to the following birds. The text is sometimes stilted, and although McMillan manages to work in some intriguing information on the cod and lumpfish, the fulmar gulls ("They spray vomit on you if you bother them on their nests"), and the two very different methods of fishing, he's rather vague about the importance of fishing to the two grandparents, both of whom have other steady employment. Moreover, although final notes enumerate typical and record annual Icelandic catches, no mention is made of fishing limits or fish populations, an odd omission in light of overfishing in Atlantic waters. Still, children whose interest is limited to hauling in the big ones will drool over the crisp color photographs of guys at sea, and those interested in a broader view of cod fishing can supplement their reading with Kurlansky's The Cod's Tale (BCCB 10/01). EB

Friðrik is the correct spelling in Icelandic. If one chooses to translate this proper noun into English, the "ð" or edth, often referred to as the funny "d", is translated to d, and Fridrik is acceptable. The "þ" or thot, often referred to as the funny "p", is the letter that is translated to th.

their Icelandic towns
Both grandfathers live and fish from the same town, as it states in the book.

The boy sorts out the seaweed while the adults sort the fish
Young Friðrik is seen and is written about picking the lumpfish from the nets with a hook, as the adults do when lumpfishing.

This copyrighted © review originally appeared in The Belletin and appears here with their permission.

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