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Hooray for Fish! Hardcover – May 10, 2005
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PreS–Cousins takes youngsters on an excursion to the bottom of the ocean where cheerful Little Fish greets a wide variety of friends. Playful rhymes such as Hello spotty fish,/stripy fish,/happy fish,/gripy fish add to the merriment. Finally, Little Fish meets none other than his own mother with Kiss, kiss, kiss,/hooray for fish! The various creatures include fish with numbers for gills and with strange shapes and sizes. The deep blue backgrounds change hue throughout the pages much as the sea changes colors at different depths and climates. Team this appealing oversize book with Dr. Seuss's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Random, 1960), Robert Kalan's Blue Sea (HarperCollins, 1992), and Nancy Van Laan's Little Fish, Lost (S & S, 1998) for a swimming good time.–Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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PreS. The creator of Maisy the mouse turns to the underwater world in this winning title that features her signature bright hues and cheerful, childlike creatures. The stars here are fish, and Cousins matches a gloriously decorated assortment of them with rhyming text that encourages children to look carefully and think about similarities and differences: "Hello, spotty fish, stripy fish, happy fish, gripy fish," says a friendly baby fish, who continues to introduce friends, including "curly whirly," "twisty twirly," and other fish of many shades and temperaments. In the end, there's a kissy, comforting reunion between baby fish and its mother. Cousins isn't trying anything new here, but her proven formula of basic, enthusiastic text and bright artwork will please her fans, who will likely shout, "Hooray for fish!" right along with the text. Pair this with Saxton Freyman's One Lonely Seahorse (2000) for another high-spirited, beginning concept book set under the sea. Gillian Engberg
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The writing has a rhyming pattern that is pleasant to read over and over again and there's enough pages that it doesn't get too boring for parents. It's also really easy to talk with your little one about the drawings and get good practice of words and concepts like: stripes/polka-dots, fat/thin, "1-2-3", etc.
1. The BRIGHT illustrations. My 4 month old loved looking at the pictures while I read to her.
2. I can see that as my little girl gets older we will be able to spend more time looking at the pictures explaining WHY the fish have different patterns and stuff like that.
3. Book is a decent length...not very long but definitely not super short so you really can spend a decent amount of time reading it.
1. The rhyme scheme feels just a little wonky to me...I think as I read it more I will get it down. First time through it was a little rough and didn't flow like I think it should...but I'll get better at it.
So...really just the one negative. Overall...a nice addition to our collection and we will enjoy having it in the rotation. Any book with fish is great...we want our little girl to enjoy fishing as much as mommy and daddy when she gets older!
We have seen this book in the library and this copy we received is not the same. Color printed is very pale. The word on one page is wrong, it printed as " gripy fish", but in the original book it is "grumpy fish". Although there is a label on the book said "new item", every page has some folding marks. Very disappointed with the seller. Please check your items and put label and price honestly.