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To call Asha a "flying" fish would be a misnomer--Asha properly floats, as she does from the beginning of this book when she drifts in through the bedroom window of Clara, a pony-tailed girl who can't bring herself to fall asleep. ("'Clara! Time for bed,' my mom calls. But I'm not sleepy, so I open my window...and wait for Asha.") Rohmann's sweeping, lyrical, painterly style here--much more similar to Cats and Prairie Train than to My Friend Rabbit--provides a perfect backdrop for Clara and Asha's frolics. As with the huge fish in Cinder-Eyed Cats, imaginary-friend Asha seems to be brought to life from a child's longing alone (in this case, coaxed out of the statuary of a park fountain), so she;s more than happy to play tag, take baths, have tea parties, and even help Clara with her Halloween costume (as, naturally, a fisherman).
The last half of this bedtime picture-book follows Clara and Asha across several sleepy, wordless, panoramic spreads, as the duo navigates (and swoops, and somersaults) by starlight across the night sky. This graceful drop in tempo should soothe even the most hyper victim of a tucking-in--which is more than can be said for poor Clara, who receives yet another imaginary-animal visitor just as Asha excuses herself. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
One of the first children's books we read as adults that blew our minds with sheer awesomeness. Clara is a little girl, and Asha is one of her dearest friends... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Skye Kilaen
My almost 2 year old son LOVES this book. Since we got it 2 weeks ago it has been read approximately 1,346 times.Published 13 months ago by Chris C.
I purchased this book for granddaughter named Clara! It is a beautiful book with a great imaginative story. The illustrations are lovely.Published 20 months ago by Patti in TX
This book about a toddler and her giant flying fish friend seemed weird at first, but my 2-year old fell in love with it immediately. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Liz
Such a beautiful book to read. It really taps into how children (of any age!) can use their imagination. My 5 yr old boy really loves this book. Read morePublished on March 7, 2008 by CSVernon
book was in perfect condition and didn't take too long on shipping.Published on January 19, 2007 by Heather Dupuis
Amazing, amazing illustrations. Simple yet intriguing writing. Clara and her imaginary friend, Asha, tell a story most kids know and live in their minds. Read morePublished on September 13, 2006 by Cady Hayden