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Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On Paperback – August 17, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

"Flashy fish" in Ehlert's typically electric hues swim through this imaginative counting book. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Stylized fish shapes in flat, razzle-dazzle colors against a dark blue background float across the pages from one to ten, accompanied by one little dark fish who keeps the count going. Cutout circles at the eyes reveal colors on succeeding pages. The slight text, occasionally in rhyme, introduces adjectives through the count, and tries to set a context of wish-fulfillment. It's a slick production, attempting several concepts at once--numbers, shapes, colors, imagining, addition to a value of one--but it doesn't quite hang together, and its result is a little breathless. MacDonald and Oakes' Numblers (Dial, 1988) also uses strong color and stark form to present visually the concepts of increasing quantity and transformations, but in a more thoughtful and well-integrated way, with movement inherent in the design. Another little dark fish, Lionni's Swimmy (Pantheon, 1963), has a more meaningful underwater exploration, incorporating the idea of changing appearances into the story. --Karen Litton, London Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152280510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152280512
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
Come on a journey deep at sea, to count the many fish we'll see...
I have an affinity for well-written children's books, so when I first read Fish Eyes I was immediately taken by the prose, and the artwork. Years later, after William was born, I realized how intriguing vivid colors were to babies. I started reading to him when he was only a few days old, and every time I picked up THIS book, he was mesmerized. Maybe it was the melodic phrasing, but I think it was the illustrations more than anything.
Fish Eyes is primarily a numbers and counting book that is geared to the very young, 0 to 3 years. This book counts up to 10. In the counting section, the eyes on the fish are punched-out, leaving holes. Children can count fish, or fish eyes. It's an ingenious way of educating kids by interactive means. In addition, there are simple arithmetic lessons cleverly hidden in the sea for older children. In the corner of each spread is a small fish that appears as a shadow. The fish poses a questions like, "3 smiling fish, plus me make 4". Only older children are apt to notice such minutiae, or I should say, they understand it at least. That's why Fish Eyes is so brilliant.
The vibrant colors engaged my son so, that we would study each page after reading the text. Once he was able to hold the book, the die-cut eyes lured him to touch. For a long while, Fish Eyes was one of Will's favorite books. As a result, it has become one of my standard baby gifts. Will is 2½ now, and he knows his numbers, probably in part because of this book. Once he gets around to learning arithmetic, Fish Eyes will surely be one we'll take off the shelf again, and again. ... you won't be sorry!
Happy Reading,
Mary
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that you won't mind reading over and over again. And you will! Both of my children begged me to read it daily. The unusually bright colors and fish "eyes" throughout the book fascinate even the youngest readers; and the counting and adding keep the child interested and challenged as they grow. It makes a great gift book
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By A Customer on September 13, 2002
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We love this book! Our son is only 2 months old and as a teacher, I know the importance of reading from the beginning. We read this book to our baby & he loves it. He loves to listen to our voices w/ the different inflections and the bright, colorful pictures are great- he really stares & smiles. I know we will continue to use this book as he grows, with the cute rhymes and the counting practice (even addition: "one fish plus me makes two!"). I will give this book as a baby gift from now on.
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As a children's librarian, I'm familiar with most quality picture books. Now that I'm a grandmother I find it's difficult finding good literature for babies, but this book is perfect. My grandson has been fascinated with it since I gave it to him at 4 months, and now he's 9 months, he keeps finding new ways to interact. The colors attracted him first, the text is just the right length so he doesn't lose interest (and it's well written), we can practice counting (and move on to the addition when he's older). Unlike some board books, I can hold it so the next page opens just enough for him to grab it and turn it himself. Now he's discovered he can poke his finger into the 'fish eye' holes, and I can touch it from the back of the page, or move my finger over the back of the holes so the fish seem to blink. This is a concept book on so many levels, and an activity book as well; it's never boring. I only wish there were more of this caliber.
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"Fish Eyes" is a pleasure to read aloud, and the colorful illustrations are a treat. This book will appeal to young children on many levels, and they will continue to find it fascinating as they grow older. When they conquer the basic counting concepts in the primary story, they will enjoy the subtle lesson in addition that is included as obtional text. As an added bonus, the cut-out fish eyes are make the book fun for very young children to flip through and enjoy on their own.
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By DHP on June 3, 2015
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I read this to preschoolers before an art project. They really got into it. Lovely and simple images, and concept. (The small brown "additional" fish is a bonus, which the older children caught on to quickly.)
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My 3 year old got back from preschool one day and asked for this "fish book" that Miss Beth had read to them in school. I emailed the said teacher and promptly received an Amazon prime shipment two days later of this book full f beautiful fish....stripe fish, dotted fish etc. I love the colors in the book and the numbers counting educational aspect of it. It reads really well and my son asks me to read this to him everyday. Highly recommend!
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I gave it to my 22-months-old grandson for Easter. He liked it so much, he made the rounds of family members with it, saying, "'Gin, 'gin." That's 'please read it again' if you're not familiar with toddler talk! He's able to count to four and he knows his colors so it provided a lot of opportunities for wowing us. It's a sturdy book and I believe its one that will grow with him as he masters more numbers and begins to recognize more details.
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