The Caribbean Bar Association, a South Florida based organization with a focus on supporting the South Florida Caribbean-American community, annually sponsors a Caribbean Reading Day in partnership with the African American Research Library.
As part of this program the Caribbean Bar Association identifies a book to read with the children. Each child leaves with a copy of the book and school supplies. In 2016 they selected A Day with Bonefish Joe.
By Don Causey (Via The Angling Report)
In our hurry to fish around the world, it’s easy to lose sight of the simple child-like delight that lies at the bottom of our desire to catch fish. I say that having just read an oddly affecting children’s book called A Day with Bonefish Joe by Elizabeth Howard. The book chronicles the desire of a young Bahamian girl to go fishing with Bonefish Joe, a real-life (now deceased) guide on Harbour Island (Eleuthera) in the Bahamas. Nothing out of the ordinary happens in the book, but it is the young girl’s excitement and wonder that tug at your heart.
“One afternoon while walking along the shore, Flossie recognized Bonefish Joe in the distance,” the book says. “She stopped in her tracks. Then, gathering all her courage, she waited until Bonefish Joe was just in front of her. She looked up and asked, ‘Bonefish Joe, would you take me out in your boat and teach me to fish?‘
Bonefish Joe agrees, and when the magic day arrives Flossie indeed catches a bonefish. She fights the fish and the two of them bring it aboard and then...
By Sam Sifton (Via The New York Times, Sunday, 1 February 2009)
“There is only the water, a soft pale grassy green flecked with white that gives way to teal in the channels, and to straw-ruffled browns on the flats, the oily green rise of mangrove hummocks behind them. There are clouds scudding through the immense blue sky, scattered terns wandering the waters with muted cries. There are manta rays pulsing along in the deep, and turtles breaststroking on hidden currents, menacing lemon sharks and motionless barracuda and shrimp and crabs and lobster and conch. There are jacks, and needlefish, and grouper. And there are bonefish: silvery ghosts feeding hard on the tide in the shallows, their dusky tails breaking the surface at the far edge of your eyesight.”
Two illustrations from A Day with Bonefish Joe are featured in “Centurion Illustrators of Children’s Books,” curated by Leonard Marcus.