Leo Lionni's Fish Is Fish (1970) brings back the tale of a friendship between a tadpole and minnow, and the changes wrought when the now-fully-fledged frog tries to describe the wonders above ground to his finned friend. Lionni's palette, as iridescent as the scales of a minnow gleaming in the sun, is as captivating as ever. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
First published in 1970, this classic tale focuses on a very special friendship between a frog and a fish. In this modern fable, a tadpole and young minnow live and play happily in a small pond. Things are wonderful until one day when the tadpole notices that his body is changingfirst he grows two back legs, then his tail shortens and soon he grows two small front legs. Realizing that he is a frog, he ventures onto dry land to explore the world beyond the grassy hill. After several weeks of exploration, he jumps back into the water and regales his fish friend with stories of his amazing findings. He describes beautiful birds in flight, unusual grazing cows and interesting animals called people. When the frog departs once again, the fish is left with these remarkable images, and for weeks he does nothing but dream of these wonders. Eventually his excitement gets the best of him, and he decides to see this enchanting world for himself. He musters enough energy to jump out of the water onto the bank, but it does not take long for him to realize that he has made a terrible mistake. Luckily, the frog is nearby and quickly returns the fish to the safety of the pond's soothing waters. After catching his breath, the fish realizes that his underwater world is the most beautiful place in the world, and he decides to be happy with his own familiar surroundings. Children will enjoy Lionni's superb storytelling ability, as well as his amusing, colorful illustrations. Even after thirty-five years, this old favorite will continue to entertain readers of all ages. This wonderful book is a must-have for any home, school or library collection. 2005 (orig.1970), Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 4 to 8.
From the Publisher
“With his accustomed subtle interplay of graphic wit, clear language, and plain thinking, Lionni wisely proves that a minnow’s grasp should not exceed his oxygen supply.” —The New York Times
"A superior book, simple, but eye-catching." —School Library Journal.
“If the picture book is a new visual art form in our time, Leo Lionni is certain to be judged a master of the genre.” —The New York Times