Arlene Sardine

Raschka, Christopher

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Arlene Sardine
Follows the short life of Arlene, from brisling to canned sardine.

Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, c1998
ISBN: 0531331113
Characteristics: ca. [29] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.


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Many classrooms read titles about the cycles of life; this is a shade darker than normal. In this title, we follow the adventures of Arlene, a young fish - her hopes, her dreams - and the process of her being caught, chopped, and preserved into a sardine can.

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Nov 08, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was also mentioned in a discussion discussing on creepy picture books. I found it startling, but not creepy. Arlene is a brisling, born in a fjord, and has a dream of becoming a sardine. So that is the quest she goes on. Gets herself caught in a net, killed and processed into a sardine can. Not sure I'd read it to younger kids, due to the whole death thing. It still seems to think of Arlene being aware of things later in the process. Not in a bad way though. Definitely a different subject for a picture book.
The pictures are simple, but nicely done, and the play of words works well.


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