Hand Over Hand

Hand Over Hand


Written by Alma Fullerton and Illustrated by Renné Benoit


Who says girls can’t fish? 
When Nina asks her grandfather to take her fishing with him on his old banca boat, his answer is always the same: “A boat is not the place for a girl.”
But Nina is determined to go. She knows that if her lolo will show her how to jig the lines, to set the hook, and to pull in a fish, hand over hand, she can prove to everyone in their Filipino fishing village that she deserves her turn in the boat, girl or no!


About the Author

Alma Fullerton is the award-winning author of the picture books A Good Trade, Community Soup and In a Cloud of Dust. She wrote Hand Over Hand after a young girl during a school visit asked her why there were so few children’s books set in the Philippines. Alma lives in Midland, Ontario.

About the Illustrator

Renné Benoit has illustrated many award-winning books, including The Secret of the Village Fool, Lily and the Paper Man, and When-I-was-a-little-girl. Renné works in her home studio in St. Thomas, Ontario.

Product Information

  • Release: April 4, 2017
  • $16.95 Hardcover with Jacket
  • 24 Pages
  • 8.5 x 8.5
  • Picture Book
  • Ages 5-8 / Grades 1-3
  • ISBN: 9781772600155

Advanced Praise for Hand Over Hand

"In this deceptively complex 24-page book, Fullerton has filled her simple words, repeated phrases, and clear dialogue with the possibility for many interpretations. Children can achieve their goals. Girls can do anything they set their minds to. Be self-sufficient, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Finish what you start. Don’t give up. Children and adults alike will be able to choose the message that speaks to them, and one surely will.... Hand Over Hand is a perfect read-aloud book for groups of younger children. The illustrations are uncomplicated but still eye-catching, the text is poetic, and the book truly has something to say. Highly recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials