The Fisherman's Horn
by Phillis and
the book jacket:
|Whoot toot toot!
The sound of the conch horn blasts
through the air, calling out the
news: FRESH FISH FOR SALE. When an
island cat hears the news, she
follows her ears, her nose--and
her dreams. And who follows the
cat? A dog, a mosquito, a frog, a
boy, a market lady. All the while,
the cat marches on, dreaming her
dreams of one fish, two fish, then
three, four, five, six....
market squares and waterfronts,
wherever fishermen sell their
catch of the day, the traditional
call of the conch can still be
heard--and dreams can still come
Fisherman’s Horn, a sprightly
rhyming tale by the authors of Palampam Day
was inspired by the French
fishermen whose families
immigrated from St. Barts to St.
Thomas in the 19th century.
little about the book:
|The Fisherman’s Horn
was inspired by the sound of the
conch we heard when we lived in
downtown St. Thomas, not far from
Market Square and the waterfront.
The horn told everybody the catch
was in and meant "Time to buy fish
fresh off the boat."
Campana’s editor, Mario Picayo,
asked if we had a story set in the
Virgin Islands as a potential
Governor's Christmas gift for young
readers. We did–– and when the
Governor and First Lady, John and
Cecile de Jongh, gave it a green
light, Phillis arranged and colored
Mim Green's drawings, adding details
to develop the narrative, and we
were off and running.
We're hoping The
Fisherman's Horn will be a
gift beginning readers will share
with the whole family, and that
everyone joins in with a rousing whoot toot toot!
when it comes time to sound the