The Jumping Fish
By Jennifer Wrzosek
Illustrated by Stephanie Malekoff & Chalene Warner
The Jumping Fish is a story about a granddaughter‘s visit with her grandparents in a Mexican Village. Ericka and her grandfather share a special moment talking about how we are all created for a purpose and a time. This conversation focuses on a fish that was in the fisherman‘s boat and has just died. The story uses the death of the jumping fish to talk about death and the appreciation of life. The book will appeal to an audience of young children (4 years and older) but would best be shared with a caregiver. The book could provide opportunities to have a discussion about feelings that occur when something or someone dies. Ericka realizes that as the fish dies we all will eventually die. Both the fisherman and her grandpa share loving thoughts to help Ericka move through this concept. Though death is discussed, I believe the main theme is about the appreciation of life; cherishing and making memories with loved ones thus forming strong relationships.
An interesting feature of the book is the illustrations and the unique colour background capturing the fun and energy of a Mexican holiday. The images match the story in a very unique way and it was a pleasure working with two very talented artists.
We hope that the compassion and love that weaves through the story will touch the hearts of all who read it. Thank you Jennifer, Stephanie, and Chalene.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer’s transition into retirement has allowed her to continue her desire for lifelong learning. As a retired educator, Jennifer is an avid reader and writer, and is currently learning to play the piano, is a retreat facilitator, a spiritual director and volunteers in the community helping both seniors and children. Jennifer’s interests also include travelling with her husband and spending time with her four children and six grandchildren. Jennifer currently lives in Grande Prairie Alberta but spends part of her winter enjoying the warmth of Mexico.
The inspiration for The Jumping Fish came from spending time with her family in beautiful Mexico. A special thank you to all those who encouraged her during this writing adventure.