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Fidgety Fish Paperback – March 31, 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Preschool-Grade 3--A little fish is brimming with energy and curiosity and so wriggly and giggly that his mom sends him out of their sea cave to swim until he is tired. She warns him, however, to beware of the Big Fish. Joyfully exploring the ocean depths with its variety of interesting creatures, Tiddler spots a large black opening and pops inside, thinking it is a cave like his own. It isn't. Trapped, he thrashes and jumps, upsetting the Big Fish's stomach severely and causing a giant burp, which propels him out and swiftly home, ready for a nap. With its vivid language, many rhyming and onomatopoetic words, brisk pace, and exclamatory style, the book is perfect for reading aloud. Lively double-page, full-page, and vignette watercolor illustrations in brilliant shades match the verve of the text. With their white goggle eyes and smiley faces, the characters are funny and appealing.

Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A little fish is brimming with energy and curiosity and so wriggly and giggly that his mom sends him out of their sea cave to swim until he is tired. She warns him, however, to beware of the Big Fish...With its vivd language, many rhyming and onomatopoetic words, brisk pace, and exclamatory style, the book is perfect fo reading aloud. Lively double-page, full-page, and vignette watercolor illustrations in brilliant shades match the verve of the text. With their white goggle eyes and smiley faces, the characters are funny and appealing." (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589253779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589253773
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Walker on December 28, 2012
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Children love this story--the fast, fidgety action gets the attention of children immediately. I was fortunate enough to find the stuffed characters made for this story which makes the story even more fun for children. Basically, the story teaches children to listen to their parents. This poor little fish didn't listen very well to his mom and ran into trouble but was able to escape and rush back home. Parents and caregivers would be thrilled with this book.
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I bought this for my daughter after we read "Smiley Shark" by the same author. This one is just as cute, and my daughter (now 4) loves talking about the pictures as much as she does listening to the actual story.
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By Lisa on August 22, 2015
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My 22 month old loves this book. I learned about it from his teacher at school. When he sees a fish or sea creature on tv or in another book he says, "fidgety fish". I thoroughly enjoy reading to my son and this is a book that I enjoy as well. It never gets old. Fun Easy Read and bright colors. You won't be disappointed!
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I love this book for my son (1 year). The illustrations are bright and colorful and the story is cute and creative. A good bedtime read because it is quick!
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Initially, when I borrowed this book from the library, I was not that impressed. To me, the writing did not flow naturally from the tongue. Try saying "there were limpets that clung" or " a crab sidled by, clicking and clacking it's big claws" 3 times fast! O.K., now that I've read this book 100 times, it doesn't seem that bad, but at first I just seemed to keep stumbling over the language.

However, my 2.5 year old son loves this book, so I eventually purchased my own copy. It is about a fish that fidgets his way into and out of trouble, and my son loves fidgeting along with "Tiddler." The illustrations are bright and very descriptive, and you could "read" the book without any words at all!

I recommend this book if you have a little wiggler - after all, you can't go wrong with a children's book that contains a "burp!"
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Format: Paperback
Ruth Galloway's simple yet exuberant color illustrations highlight her story of Fidgety Fish, a playful young fish whose excessive energy comes in handy when a much bigger fish decides he would make a nice snack! Fidgety Fish is an upbeat, simple, friendly and appealing story presented with charm and zest.
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Format: Board book
If your small children are like mine, then they are always fidgeting, squirming, and wiggling. It is simply impossible for them to sit still. If that is the case, then your child will immediately relate to Tiddler, the star of FIDGETY FISH by Ruth Galloway. "Tiddler was always fidgeting;" so much, in fact, that his mother sends him out to work off his excess boisterous energy. "Swim until you are tired," she says. So Tiddler swims out of his cave, and the adventure begins. Tiddler flips and dives and leaps around, meets some interesting critters, gets into and then out of trouble, and ends up back home. All because of his fidgeting.

We have the board book version of this enchanting story, and it is very well loved in our house. The illustrations are extremely cute: bright, colorful, and eye catching. The writing style is especially engaging; it doesn't really rhyme, but has almost a chanted rhythm to it that really seems to connect with young children. The words themselves are very vivid and onomatopoetic; when read aloud, they really fire up my child's imagination. Of course, the fact she gets to burp while reading this story just adds more to the fun.

Tiddler has become a favorite character in our house, and his story is requested often. I am guessing that he will be with us for a long time. FIDGETY FISH is highly recommended both as a read aloud book and as a book for early readers.
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We love this author, Ruth Galloway, and have other stories by her. I've been reading Fidgety Fish to my 2 year old since she was about 3 months old and she never grows tired of it. I have the board book and the paperback, and we both prefer the (now well beat up) board book. There are a few less words, making it flow a bit better. For example,

"A crab sidled by, clicking and clacking its big claws" in the paperback reads "a clickety clackity crab that scuttled off into the seaweed" in the board book. There are a few other instances of this, and a couple of sentences are completely removed for the board book.

I highly recommend this book, it's light-hearted, engaging (she loves to say "excuse me" after the fish burp) and entertaining. I recommend the board book for durability and easier reading.
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