Fabulous Fishes

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Fabulous Fishes
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March 01, 2019
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Dive into an underwater world with amazing fish and their habitats on every page!
From the spiky lionfish and the brightly colored clownfish to lanternfishes and hatchetfishes that flash lights so they can find each other in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, children will be fascinated by the breadth of sea life depicted.
With a simple, rhyming text and richly textured illustrations, author-illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to different kinds of fish and the underwater world they call home. An afterword offers fascinating facts and a closer look at each fish.

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lovely exploration of sea creatures!
(Updated: June 15, 2019)
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With fun poetry and lovely illustrations, FABULOUS FISHES is a fun introduction to the variety of animals that live in the water. With not only fish, but also sting rays and seahorses, this is a colorful exploration of sealife. So many amazing creatures are shown, and children will enjoy looking at the images while listening to the rhyming text.

What I loved: The illustrations in this book are gorgeous! The fish are easily recognizable for parents and little ones will enjoy the detailed and colorful images throughout. The rhyming text makes it a fun listen for younger readers, and the text per page is relatively limited, making it a quick read. Young readers are sure to enjoy the pages that will turn as quickly as they like.

What left me wanting more: As a small thing, it would have been helpful to include the animal name on the page somewhere, so that parents will be able to tell young readers all the fish names. Most are recognizable (clownfish, pufferfish), but some are less well-known and would be helpful to have labeled. There is a key at the end, which is helpful and gives some extra facts too, so this is a very small thing.

Final verdict: A rhyming and delightful adventure, this watery exploration is simple fun for young readers and budding oceanographers. Older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can all find something to enjoy in this beautifully illustrated picture book.
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This introduction to the fascinating differences in underwater life draws listeners (and readers) in with lilting verse augmented with engaging, bright illustrations. Fish not only come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, but they can do amazing things, like shine lights, crawl up onto land, and burrow into sand. Although most of the book is a quick read, with just a few phrases per page, interested children can learn more about the different types in the author's afterword, which offers enough information to spark even more research. For example: a clownfish protects itself from the poison on sea anemone tentacles while hiding among them. How? It has a protective slime on its skin.

FABULOUS FISHES is a marvelous meld of pure enjoyment and intriguing facts. It would be perfect in a preschool setting, up through a second grade classroom, as well as a great read-aloud for story time at home. Highly recommended.
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