A Few Thoughts on Trout



by Harold Cole

A Few Thoughts on Trout. 

Illustrated by Betty Christensen. 

New York: Julian Messner, 1986.  


             A boy who enjoys fishing is tempted, through the offer of a delicious meal, to share his favorite trout pool with a few adults.   The adults abuse the stretch of stream, however, and ruin the ecology of the area.  The boy comes to regret his decision.


Good Points:

  • Large, bright watercolor illustrations.
  • Portrays real respect for the fish and their environment.


Other Notes:

  • Fishing-centered.
  • The story is set in the 1950s and includes a blond, blue-eyed main character.
  • The “lesson” is harsh and uncharitable to (stereotypes) both city and rural folk.


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