By Vivian Volovar
Illustrated by James A. Mitchell, Published by Flat Hammock Press, 32 pages, paperback $14.95
This book is about a lady named Vivian who catches lobsters in Fishers Island Sound and Eastern Long Island Sound. She wakes up before the sun comes up on summer mornings with a little help from her cat T.C. Vivian puts bait in her pots and rigs some buoys, and then she goes out on her 31-foot boat Andy’s Girl to catch lobsters. She hauls 125 lobster pots every day, all by herself!
When Vivian hauls up a pot, she opens it and picks out the lobsters. She measures each one with a gauge, and if they’re too small she puts them back in the water. She also throws back the “eggers.” Those are female lobsters that are carrying eggs under their tails. The eggs will hatch and the baby lobsters will grow. She uses a special banding tool to put rubber bands around the claws of the lobsters she keeps, so they can’t pinch the other lobsters… or her!
She also catches a lot of little fish, starfish, crabs and jellyfish – and sometimes seaweed – in the traps, and she returns all of those creatures to the sea. Vivian puts the lobsters in totes and sells them while her boat is tied to the dock at Abbott’s lobster restaurant in Mystic, Connecticut. Vivian’s friend Loretta, who has a pretty golden-colored dog named Annie, stops by to see if she had a good catch. Vivian knows what she’s doing and she works very hard, because it’s kinda hard to catch lobsters. I think it’s also hard to drive a boat.
I liked the pictures very much, because it looks like somebody painted them. If you want to learn about catching lobsters, you will enjoy reading Lobster Lady. Thank you.