Fishing at Night Chapter 7

Category: Fishing at Night

Morepork!Morepork! Morepork!” calleded the moreporks, and the echoesechoes of their calls came back acrossacross the water from the hills. There must have been twenty of them, callingcalling and calling, “Morepork! Morepork! Morepork!”

Nz boobookPhotograph by AvicedaThen the boys in the water began calling too: “Morepork! Morepork! Morepork!” Some of the boys could imitateimitate the call so well that they soundeded like real moreporks. Soon all the people wadewading in the water beganbegan calling to each other, “Morepork! Morepork! Morepork!" And the real moreporks seemedseemed to like that, because they called louder and more often. The whole estuaryestuary was full of the sound of it – “Morepork! Morepork! Morepork! And full of the sound of people Of course, all the hullabaloohullabaloo frightenedened the flounder awayaway and no more were speared that night.

One by one the people splashedsplashed out of the water to the biggestbiggest fire – the other bonfiresbonfires were nearlyly out – and stayedstayed there, talkingtalking and singingsinging and listeninglistening to the moreporksmoreporks untiluntil the last fire burneded down to embersembers and they all went home.

“Mum is the only fishermanfisherman in our family,”family,” said Mr Gale.

FisherwomanFisherwoman more likely,”likely,” said Mia. “But fishingfishing at night is lots of fun, whether you catch any fish or not!” And Ricky and Tim agreedagreed with her.


Summarise what has happened so far in this narrative.

Clarify these words: morepork, echoes, imitate, wade, estuary, hullabaloo, embers, agreed.

Retell what has happened in this chapter.

Make inferences and give opinions about:

  • Whether you were correct with your inference about echoes in the last chapter.
  • Why the boys might have joined in.
  • Why it might be easy to imitate a morepork.
  • Why no more flounder were speared that night.
  • What embers are.
  • Why they would go home after all the fires had burnt down to embers.
  • Why Mia said 'Fisherwoman more likely'.
  • How the Gale children felt about their night.


What prediction can you make about what might happen next?

What other ending could the narrative have had?

What question could you ask about this chapter?

Visualise these uses of descriptive language: echoes of their calls came back across the water from the hills; all the people wading began calling to each other; the whole estuary was full of the sound of it; the hullabaloo frightened the flounder away; one by one all the people splashed out of the water; talking, singing and listening to the moreporks; last fire burned down to embers.

Make a connection with this chapter.

What is the main idea or theme of this narrative? What do you think the author is trying to tell us?

Word Study

Verb endings: What happens when we add sed or ing to: begin, imitate, wade, go, agree. 

Other affixes: What happens when we add other prefixes and suffixes like sen, est, ly, er to these words: echo, fright, big, near, like, fish.

What two words make up these compound words: morepork, away, bonfire, fisherman, fisherwoman.