Big Al

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Overview

Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can't find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary-looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him.
What can he do? He tries everything he can think of — from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he'll look smaller. But something always goes wrong, and lonely Big Al wonders if he'll ever have a single friend. Then one frightening day, when a fishing ...

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Overview

Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can't find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary-looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him.
What can he do? He tries everything he can think of — from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he'll look smaller. But something always goes wrong, and lonely Big Al wonders if he'll ever have a single friend. Then one frightening day, when a fishing net captures the other fish, Big Al gets the chance to prove what a wonderful friend he can be!

A big, ugly fish has trouble making the friends he longs for because of his appearance--until the day his scary appearance saves them all from a fisherman's net.

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This touching story features the adventures of Big Al, a friendly fish whose size and scary features frighten all the other fish in the sea. After numerous attempts at trying to make friends, he sadly swims through the ocean. During his swim he discovers a group of small fish that have become trapped in fishermen's nets. Fearing for their lives, Al uses his strength and courage to save them. After his display of bravery, he makes a sea full of friends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689817229
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 63,178
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    An AL-legory for differences and tolerance

    I have a son with special needs, a rare genetic syndrome, and this is his favorite book. He knows he is different from his peers, and like Al in the book, he justs wants to have friends. This is a great story, that I have used to explain to groups (his cub scout troop, his classroom) about my son and how he just wants to belong. The artwork is great, too, which is a bonus. As a special educator, this is a great book for all grade levels, especially as a discussion starter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    My 3.5 year old son liked this book

    Beautiful illustrations although Big Al could look a little scary for younger or more timid kids. Realistic story about how people should not base friendship on external looks, but what a person is like on the inside. There is a happy ending.

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