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Fish wish
Barner, Bob.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
A young boy's dream sends him on an underwater journey through a coral reef. Includes factual information on coral reefs and the animals that live in them.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 55038.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A young boy's dream sends him on an underwater journey through a coral reef. Includes factual information on coral reefs and the animals that live in them.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. As a little boy watches the creatures in an aquarium, he imagines what it would be like to be a fish and swim around a coral reef. The impressive collage illustrations combine pieces of torn, cut, and sometimes painted papers with found objects and bits of fabric. Bold forms and striking color combinations give the double-page spreads a vibrant sense of place and motion, as each turn of the page finds the fish in a different environment, defined by background colors and the forms of different sea creatures. Particularly impressive is the otherworldly scene featuring jellyfish, with their opacity emphasized by overlapping tissue papers. With just a few, well-chosen words on each page, this picture book lends itself well to preschool story hours and early classroom units on undersea life. A typical, straightforward line of text for a double-page spread reads, "Dolphins would glide above." The final, wordless collage illustration pulls back for a longer look at a number of animals previously introduced; a visual key for identifying all the sea life follows. A well-designed picture book, as simple and pleasing as a sea star. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A trip to an aquarium leads a young boy to wonder, "If I were a fish-" and his imagination takes over. Barner's clever use of perspective shows the bright orange clownfish (the boy's alter ego) changing in size depending on which sea creatures are nearby. Readers can follow it through its colorful underwater world on a coral reef, swimming past dolphins, sea turtles, octopus, squid, jellyfish, sea horses, shrimps, crabs, sea anemone, and starfish. The rhythmic text expresses the action. Double-page spreads can easily be viewed from a distance. The clever, textured collage illustrations, made with commercial and handmade papers, foil, beads, ribbon, antique buttons, fabric, cork, and pastels, warrant a closer look. A diorama with a numbered key identifies the creatures of the reef, and a spread that includes brief facts about them and information about coral reefs is appended. This engaging picture book with its simple text and bright illustrations offers a creative introduction to the natural world of the sea.-Margaret Rhoades, Orange County Library System, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.