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The Story of Fish and Snail Hardcover – June 13, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670784893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670784899
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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.

From Booklist

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 Dean

More About the Author

Deborah Freedman was an architect once-upon-a-time, but now she loves to build worlds in in children's picture books. She is the author and illustrator of SCRIBBLE, BLUE CHICKEN, THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL, and BY MOUSE & FROG (Viking 2015). Deborah lives in a colorful house in Connecticut, where she is busy at work on her next books. Please visit www.deborahfreedman.net to learn more about Deborah and her work.

THE STORY OF FISH AND SNAIL:
"This marvelous metabook shines in both concept and beauty." - Kirkus Reviews, ★starred review

BLUE CHICKEN:
"... simply exquisite" - Kirkus Reviews, ★starred review

SCRIBBLE:
"... a clever gem of a book" - Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

My almost 2 year old LOVES this book and we read it multiple times a day.
Jessica
I'm sure four and five-year-olds will get the whole idea, and I HIGHLY recommend this book for them.
Skye65
The illustrations match the text beautifully, allowing the story to speak for itself.
Heidi Grange

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I flat out love The Story of Fish and Snail. It's visually stunning, with a heartwarming story and a fantastic read aloud flow. Deborah Freedman has dazzled us once again with yet another book that delivers not only an engaging, well written story, but also a design that is unique and rather breathtaking.

Fish and Snail live in a book. One day, Fish returns to the book with a new story that he wants to show Snail. This new story is filled with adventure and excitement, but Snail doesn't want to go see it. He wants to stay in their book and play their usual games. Arguments ensue, and Fish leaves the book in a huff. Snail is beside himself, bemoaning just how their book can be called The Story of Fish and Snail if there is no Fish? He works up his courage and takes the plunge, diving into the unknown to follow his friend. Compromises are reached, conflicts resolved, courage is found and fun results.

The illustrations in this book are simply stunning. They make me smile, and I can't wait to share this little gem with my story time audience. Fish and Snail are incredibly cute! Their travels outside of the book are wonderfully depicted as the artist makes very effective use of color against black and white. Perhaps my favorite spread is the one showing the water splashing up from the page as Snail takes his big dive. The artist's unique design adds a three dimensional feel to the book that is hard to describe. Much like her other works, this is one you simply have to see to fully appreciate.

The Story of Fish and Snail is a must have for any classroom, story time, or preschooler's personal collection. This will make an excellent gift book that is sure to be enjoyed over and over again as kids ponder the very notion that book characters might actually leave their book. Just imagine...the possibilities are endless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl M. on July 17, 2013
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A lovely story of encouraging your friends to be their best. Very few words per page, so it is perfect for a child who likes a lot of colorful pictures or one with a short attention span.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Library Maven on July 8, 2013
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My 4.5 year old nephew really likes this book. He likes following Fish swim out of the pages. The detail in the illustrations is great--make sure to look for the Kitty Pirate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on August 20, 2013
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My almost 2 year old LOVES this book and we read it multiple times a day. As a parent I like the sweet story of friendship, bravery and trying new things. My son loves the page that says "FFFIIIIIIIIISSSSHHHHHHHH!!!" Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on July 11, 2013
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I loved this book. Not only is it a sweet story about friendship and finding courage to step out of one's comfort zone for the sake of it, but the illustrations are so vivid. Fish and Snail live in a book, but Fish loves to visit other books. When Fish comes back from his latest jaunt he wants Snail to come with him on the next adventure. Snail refuses and the friends have a fight. Snail panics after Fish jumps into another book and has to decide if he values his friend enough to face his fears. I love the writing which is simple and straightforward, perfect for the story. The illustrations match the text beautifully, allowing the story to speak for itself. The facial expressions say it all. Wonderful book, great for sharing. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on October 13, 2013
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A great story about leaving your comfort zone and a testament to friendship. Beautifully illustrated, it's a journey of what we will risk for a true friend. A wonderful jumping off point for discussions about loyalty, compromise, and courage- a great book to be read over and over again. We can't wait to jump back into fish and snails book and follow them on their beautiful adventure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TroutMia on July 22, 2013
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I have 3 boys, 5, 3 and 4 months, i can honestly say they all paid attention and thoroughly enjoyed the story. The concept is so original, the fish and snail are in a story book, but Fish gets bored and wants to explore other story books but snail is a homebody. The illustrations are eyecatching as well. It was a great addition to our little home library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan M on October 27, 2013
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I love the concept and gentle language of this book. The pictures are both stunning and elegant! I just want to give snail a hug!
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