When Petra and her dad take a birthday fishing trip, she learns about hunger and sharing as she interacts with people on the pier. Then she returns to her family to tell her “fish story.” Petra’s birthday gifts—a new fish and a new fishing pole—make her aware of hunger in the world and the need to respond in her own way.
After celebrating her birthday with her family, Petra contemplates her pet goldfish: “Let’s leave this bowl on the table for a few days,” said Petra. “This is one fish story we all need to remember.”
To help the reader remember, reflect, and integrate the lessons in daily life, author Phillis Vos Wezeman has included a page of suggestions for actions regarding hunger, making this an ideal resource for home and classroom.
With fabulous illustrations by artist Oscar Joyo, Petra’s Pier Picnic is sure to become a favorite.
Phyllis Vos Wezeman is an educator with decades of experience who has served local congregations; ecumenical and interfaith groups; national and international organizations; and as adjunct faculty at several universities. She holds a Masters degree from Indiana University South Bend and is the author of numerous articles and books.
Oscar Joyo was introduced to art by his mother, but his passion grew through animation, comic books, video games, and film. Moving from Malawi to the United States in 2000, he lived in South Bend, Indiana, where he explored art as means of expression and communication. A graduate of Chicago’s American Academy of Art, he is pursuing work in professional illustration, graphic design, photography, and fine art