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Children's LiteratureParents possess a built-in mental switch for tuning out their offspring. Children around the globe stand at their mother and father's elbows repeating the plea, "Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom?," until their errant parent wakes up and acknowledges them. Faucet Fish by Fay Robinson addresses this issue with whimsy and grace. Elizabeth loves fish. She only has one guppy, but she wants more. Her parents are so caught up in their own interests that they do not really hear her pleas for more pets. Nor do they respond to her when her wish for fish comes true as a variety of ocean life starts to pour out of the family faucets. When a baby whale finally falls through the bathroom floor, Elizabeth's parents are forced to pay attention. This charming book is deliciously empowering for kids and a gentle reminder to adults. The book's illustrations and layout are practically perfect, too. The text swoops and drops around the page, following the slippery path of Elizabeth's fish. The illustrations are the kind that invite musing and revisiting. They are made up of soft, continuous lines that draw the eye around the page to discover intriguing details secreted away in corners. Faucet Fish is a fabulous book, sure to entice and intrigue readers of all ages. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 3 to 8.