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K-Gr 2-Fish and Snail live in a book. Fish ventures forth to other books daily and brings back stories. When Fish urges a reluctant Snail to come out and experience the adventures firsthand, they have a fight that threatens their friendship, but bravery and fun ultimately prevail. The story is told almost entirely in dialogue, emphasizing emotions. The illustrations, though gently rounded and softly colored, are highly expressive and full of cinematic angles. Especially effective is the page by page "zooming in" as the conflict between Fish and Snail builds. The imaginative power of books is implied, but the concept of self-aware characters that visit other books might be too abstract to be appreciated by some children. This is an odd, sweet little story, appropriate for large collections or where friendship stories are in high demand. Refreshingly, readers never learn the gender of either character, and the book will be especially useful where non-gendered stories are desired.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FLα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The world of books is very real for Fish and Snail; they can move between them. Snail, who clearly appreciates the comfort of a reread, is quite happy where he is and content to wait for Fish to come back and tell him about other books. But when Fish wants Snail to join him in a different book, the two friends argue—Snail is defensive about his preferences, and Fish is dismissive of them. Fish splashes away in a huff: “Fine, Snail. Good-bye. THE END.” Young readers might not absorb the meta construct of the story, but they will certainly understand the horror of a few hastily spoken words and appreciate the amicable resolution. As she did in Blue Chicken (2011), Freedman uses the book as a canvas—both the book in the reader’s hands and the book of Fish and Snail. The juxtaposition of the muted gray library shelves with the foam green and aquamarine palettes of the books is a nice way to reinforce the idea that stories come to life when readers dive in. In the case of Fish and Snail, that is quite literally the case. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kara DeanSee all Editorial Reviews
I love this short book, big illustrations, expressive dialogue, fun to get into and bring to life while reading to children, this does a great job of showing interaction in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul A. Spangler
We are LOVING this book at my elementary school. I am the Media Specialist and have read it to grades Pre-K through 3rd. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Karen Wiedmeier
ok, where was the story? A fish wants a snail to leave their familiar book and go to a new book. The fish leaves, the snail feels lonely and leaves his book for the unknown. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gryphon50
I have a ton of children's books in my library and I have reviewed a ton, many of which I love. This is not one of them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. D. Merrifield
What a refreshing little story about two friends taking chances. The illustrations kept my students very engaged. Although the book had few words- they were well chosen !! Loved ItPublished 13 months ago by Debra Gabriel
We got this book from the library, and it is one of the few that I will purchase. The story-line is fairly short, but has beautiful pictures and is very creative. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ASchWI
My 4yo granddaughter has turned this book into a play. When we start to read it, she assigns us each a part, either fish or snail. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ruth E. Rogers