Lightning's Tale

By Hugh Campbell
Lightning’s Tale: The Story of a Wild Trout.
Portland, Oregon: Frank Amato Publications, 1994.

This is a story told from the perspective of a wild rainbow trout named Lightning.  The book includes his perspectives on his habitat, the seasons, and the hatchery-raised fish that he meets.  Lightning also meets with a catch-and-release fly fisher.

Good Points:

  • Trout story comes from a unique point of view.
  • Watercolor illustrations are crisp and bright.
  • Thorough, detailed coverage of trout habits and habitat.

Other Notes:

  • Text much denser than usual in a picture book.
  • Fly-fishing is a main theme of the book.
  • Two pages are devoted to spawning.

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