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

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670784893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670784899
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2013
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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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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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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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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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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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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. She recites her parts flawlessly from memory, and acts out the part based on the illustrations. She also corrects my acting, such as making sure I look adequately scared as fish getting yelled out by snail ("You need to open your mouth more, like this, Gwamma."). It's a very cute little story, and just the right length for bedtime. :)
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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 friendship, addresses fear and adventure, I've very glad I got this book.
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My kids' (and my) favorite book these days. Clever illustrations, revolves around a simple dialogue (and not too much "telling" of the story which so many children's books suffer from) between fish and snail and a clever, emotional little friendship. Quick, lovely read at bedtime. My 4 and 7 year olds both enjoy.
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