The Man Who Caught Fish
Publication Date: April 2000
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An original tale in which a poor stranger instructs a king.
A stranger comes to a village carrying only a fishing pole. Each time he dips his line into water, he pulls out a fish. He gives away every fish, saying, "One person, one fish." The king of the land learns of this man and thinks that the stranger will surely catch him a basketful of fish. After all, he is the king. Doesn't a king deserve more than one fish a day? But the stranger has a different idea. Walter Lyon Krudop's clever story is enhanced by exquisite paintings that bring to life a long-ago Thailand and a timeless theme, the consequences of pride.
Walter Lyon Krudop has illustrated many books for children, including One Small Lost Sheep by Claudia Mills. He lives in New York City.
"A stranger carrying only a fishing pole comes to a village . . . Every time the pole touches water, the man brings out a fish. 'One person, one fish,' he says solemnly . . . [The king] wants more than one fish . . . An original story, this take of ancient Thailand has the beauty and power of a traditional fable." -Booklist