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November 29, 2012

One Frozen Lake

Filed under: Authors, Children — Alison Aten @ 2:48 pm

One Frozen Lake Deborah Jo Larson From One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson, Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

[Update--One Frozen Lake received a starred review in Publishers Weekly!]

Today’s post is by Deborah Jo Larson, author of the new children’s book One Frozen Lake, with paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

“I grew up in an ice-fishing family. Just about every Saturday in the winter, my dad would load up this light blue Chevy with an ice shack (which he built himself), jig sticks, tackle, bait, propane heater, thermos of hot cocoa, and most importantly, a wide assortment of candy and snacks. Since ice shacks are tiny, my sisters and I took turns going with him. I felt lucky when it was my turn. I vividly remember what it felt like to be inside the shadowy and surprisingly warm ice shack. I remember card games, peering into the mysterious ice holes, playing with the minnows, and eating a LOT of Snickers bars. What I don’t remember is catching fish. . . .

“When my son was eight years old, my dad took him ice fishing for the first time. He returned home pink-cheeked and jabbering about how much fun he had with Grandpa. The fact that they did not catch one fish clearly did not matter.  My son could not wait to venture out again.

“I knew then I wanted to write a picture book about the unique, quirky sport of ice fishing and, specifically, how waiting for the fish to bite in a minuscule shack brings generations together and creates lasting memories.”

We’re glad she did!

Please click on the book title link, above, for upcoming signings with Deb.

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