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A Million Fish...More or Less Paperback – May 7, 1996


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  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (May 7, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679880860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679880868
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"Told with verve and sly wit," said PW in a starred review, "this exuberant bayou tale admirably captures the captivating regional cadences and comedy of [an] intrepid fisher boy's adventures.... A splendid collaboration." Ages 5-9.
- intrepid fisher boy's adventures.... A splendid collaboration." Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- When a black youngster, Hugh Thomas, goes fishing one morning, Papa-Daddy and Elder Abbajon row up like specters out of the mist. They delight and amaze the boy with tall tales, told in the vernacular, of giant turkeys and snakes, mysterious lamps, and strange happenings on the bayou. When they leave, Hugh Thomas embarks on an outlandish adventure of his own. He catches a million fish (more or less), divides his catch with a grand-pere alligator, again with a pack of pirate raccoons, crows, and finally some trickster cats. When he finally reaches Papa-Daddy and the Elder's houseboat, he has only three fish left, and a tale that surpasses theirs. McKissack understands the elements of good story, and includes just enough detail to make it work. Hugh Thomas accepts fantastic animals with ``an uncertain spirit,'' but tackles the problems they present to him, taking only a moment to wonder at their bizarre emergence from the swamp. He lives in an imaginative world that combines exotic realities of the bayou and slips almost imperceptibly into a fantasy that will bemuse readers as much as it does the boy. The vital, action-filled paintings seem naive at first glance. However, viewers will quickly see that each seemingly careless brush stroke works toward a harmoniously integrated whole. Uninhibited splashes of vivid colors highlight forms, fill the pages, and elicit a joyous emotional response to the dynamic human figures. A radiant debut for a talented illustrator. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Freelancer on September 16, 2007
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I had this book read to me back in the day. The author and illustrator make a dynamite team when it comes to presenting the concepts and twists in a vivid, clear manner. Any reader (child or adult) can appreciate the creative storyline and running irony. This introduction to Irony, and adult concept, is something that most other children's books lack. It's perfect for what it is, and WELL worth a read. 5 stars.
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Not only is this story entertaining and filled with humor and exaggeration, it is also a great story for math. I used A Million Fish...More or Less with Rusty Bresser's book Math and Literature. Students amazed me with their versions of (blank) could not be the number of (blank), but it could be the number of (blank), demonstrating their understanding of number exaggeration and number sense. An example from a student: Fifty could not be the number of students in our classroom, but fifty could be the number of pencils in our desks. Another: 5 could not be the number of animals in the world, but five could be the number of animals in my backyard. I will continue to use literature in math lessons, because they are priceless in extending a lesson and my fifth grade students still love to gather on the carpet for a story.
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Many activities are given to help 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th graders develop an understanding of large numbers. Great for any classroom.
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By Gary Courtney on January 2, 2013
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I love Patricia McKissak's books. She tells stories from the south, and she's a great storyteller. She wrote Flossie and the Fox, which is priceless.
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