Edward, the bear, ran down to the river. He was so
excited. Today was his first time going fishing by himself. Every day
his mama took him to the river, but today he was going alone.
He stood in the water and felt it swirl around his
paws. “I have to remember what Mama said about catching a fish.” He
waited until a fish jumped out of the water and then he tried to catch
it in his jaws. A big green fish jumped out and flew in front of him.
Edward's jaws snapped shut, but he missed the fish.
A while later a red fish jumped out of the water and
flew in front of Edward. His jaws snapped shut, but still no fish.
Suddenly a huge pink fish jumped out of the water right in front of him.
Edward's jaws snapped shut on the fish's tail. The fish squirmed and
wiggled and Edward had a hard time keeping it in his mouth. He walked
toward the riverbank, the fish slipping further and further out of his
When he stood on the dirt, he dropped the fish and
put his paw on it. “Wow! This is the biggest fish I've ever seen. Mama
will be so proud of me.” He grabbed its tail with his teeth and tried to
pull it onto the grass.
The wiggly fish bounced around and Edward let go of
it. The fish wriggled back into the river and swam away. Edward sat in
the grass and cried. “Come back, fish.” He finally stopped crying and
ran home. “Mama! Mama! I caught a fish this big.” He held his paws out
wide. “It was the biggest fish I've ever seen.”
Mama smiled at her cub. She didn't believe he'd
caught a fish that big. “Where is your fish now, Edward?”
“It got away. I had it in my jaws, but it wiggled and
went back into the water.”
“I will come with you and we'll catch fish together.
You must be hungry by now,” Mama said. She took Edward down to the
river. Mama caught a red and yellow fish and held it in her arms.
Just then a big yellow fish leaped out of the water.
Edward caught it in his arms. “I got it, Mama. I got it!” It wasn't as
big as the one he'd caught earlier in the day, but it was enough to fill
him up for the rest of the day.
Mama took him home and they had honey and wild
berries. “Tomorrow you can go and try to catch that big fish again,”
Edward patted his tummy and went to sleep.