In an age when kids are suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that afflicts a majority of youth in America today. Each year, fewer children connect with the Great Outdoors. Grandparents and parents lament the fact that their kids are becoming couch potatoes and computer geeks who have never caught a fish or slept under the stars. If you can wrest your six to ten year old off the couch or away from the keyboard for an hour of reading, my guess is that you have to take this book away from him or her at dinner time.
Mike Holliday, a hard working Stuart, Florida based fishing guide, writer, editor and dad of three kids hit his stride when he came up with The Fishing Kids Series book series. To order a FREE copy go to www.fishingkids.com
Excerpt from Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors/Fitness Editor [read full story]
In Print: Friday, July 6, 2012
” . . . The Fishing Kids Series, written by Stuart-based charter boat captain Mike Holliday, is geared for youngsters ages 6 to 10. Holliday, an outdoors writer who has also written several Florida fishing books geared toward adults, knows his audience. The 51-year-old father of three takes his offspring out in search of snook and tarpon every chance he gets.
“Kids just want to have fun,” Holliday said. “I try to fish for species that provide a lot of action, like ladyfish and jacks.
“And we usually fish for a while, then take a break and go swimming or snorkeling,” he added. “They will have plenty of time to take fishing more seriously when they get older.”
The heroes of the series are two 10-year-old boys from Minnesota named Steve Pinner, a.k.a. “Spinner” and Bobby Ernest, who goes by the nickname “Bobber.” They first appear in The Monster of White Bear Lake, and then resurface in his second book, The Mystery of Porpoise Point, which takes place in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
The heroine, 11-year-old Coral Skye loves to fish and snorkel and once landed a 45-pound mahi-mahi. “She’s a spunky, independent, outdoorsy girl who knows all the best fishing spots from trips with her dad,” Holliday writes. “She’s tough, smart, compassionate, creative and has a never-give-up attitude.”
Each book, available through FishingKids.com, has fewer than 100 pages, which makes them ideal to take along on a summer road trip, and costs $5.99. A third adventure, The Pirate of Creole Bay, takes place in Louisiana, where the boys meet a new friend called Shrimp.
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