The Fisherman and His Wife
Putnam Juvenile (2008)
Reviewed by Matthew Feliciano (age 8) for Reader Views (5/08)
The theme of “The Fisherman and His Wife” is “I want more!” There was a fisherman who lived in a pigsty with his wife. One day he went fishing and caught an unusual flounder. This was not a fish at all but an enchanted prince. Instead of killing and eating the fish, the fisherman let it go. To be grateful, the fish offered him a wish. The man asked for nothing because he liked his life.
When he told his wife, she wanted a hut for them to live in, so the next day the fisherman asked the fish for a hut. When he got home, there it was. Then the wife wanted more. She asked for a stone castle, and then asked to be king, then emperor, pope and finally god. Each time the husband had to go ask the fish for another wish, the sea was angrier and angrier. However, the fish gave the man what he asked for each time.
The last time when the wife wanted to be god, the man returned home to find everything as it was before he met the fish. Enough was enough and the wife had to be happy with her life. She had to learn to stop asking for so much. “The Fisherman and His Wife” taught a very good lesson.