Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 74

Picture Book: The Fisherwoman

Author: Anne Carter

Illustrator: Louise Brierley

Summary: Maud, a fisherwoman, has a simple life earning her living from the sea, but her dream is to be adorned in beautiful clothes among the rich in the nearby village. When she hauls in an old pink vase, she brings it home. Eventually the vase gives her the dream she desires, a beautiful hat, shoes, and dress. Soon she is invited to feast among the rich. At first she is delighted, but when she overhears a fellow diner ridicule the common people, she is revolted. Realizing she belongs in her former world with her friends and work, she returns home, re-purposes her dress for a sail, and drops the vase into the sea.

Hanna’s Comments: This modern fairy tale has a keen lesson for those of us in religious communities who worry about how we look, rather than being content with the riches that our friends, family, work, and faith offer us.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1990

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 7 & up, 2nd and up

# of Pages: 26

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: beach/ocean/seashore, call/calling/vocation, choices/decisions, clothes/shoes, consumerism/consumption/riches, coveting/envy/jealousy, dreams/aspirations, exclusion/inclusion, fish/fishing, flowers/leaves/tree, found, greed/selfishness, guilt, humility, judgment/judges/judging, labor/work, perspective, possessions,  prejudice, pride, regret/repentance, resisting evil, righteousness, satisfaction, self-acceptance/self-image/self-esteem, sin, at table, temptations, wishes

Scripture Connections: Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things (Psalm 119:37); When pride comes, then comes disgrace (Proverbs 11:2); the Publican in the temple (Luke 18:9-12); do nothing from rivalry or conceit (Philippians 2:3) 

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book as part of a lesson on the sins of pride and vanity.

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