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Fish School

Fish School

by Nancy Poydar
     
 

Teachers, librarians, and students will be swept away by Nancy Poydar's buoyant illustrations in this fun, fact-filled aquarium story. Includes advice about caring for goldfish.

Can a goldfish really learn? Charlie is sure that his pet goldfish, Wishy, can. So when his class visits the aquarium, he puts Wishy in a plastic bag and takes him along in his

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Teachers, librarians, and students will be swept away by Nancy Poydar's buoyant illustrations in this fun, fact-filled aquarium story. Includes advice about caring for goldfish.

Can a goldfish really learn? Charlie is sure that his pet goldfish, Wishy, can. So when his class visits the aquarium, he puts Wishy in a plastic bag and takes him along in his backpack. As sea jellies, barracudas, and dolphins dazzle the class, Charlie explains all of the fun facts he is learning to Wishy. But soon Charlie gets caught up in the excitement. Before he knows it, his backpack, with Wishy in it, is lost. Where could the tiny fish be?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Charlie has a special pet goldfish, Wishy, and he brings Wishy to school for Show and Tell. His class is studying life in the ocean. The class learns they are going to visit the aquarium. Charlie decides this is the perfect place to take Wishy where they can learn together. He places Wishy in his backpack and describes everything to the goldfish. As the class gets ready to leave the aquarium, Charlie notices his backpack is missing! When everyone in the class realizes that Wishy is in the backpack, they look together like a school of fish might. The next day, Wishy becomes the main attraction in their aquarium picture stories. This story of a young elementary class studying fish has many things to recommend it. The opaque watercolors help show nice details of the multi-ethnic class and the colorful creatures shown in the classroom drawings and in the aquarium. Teachers might wish for a few more facts in spite of Charlie's list at the book's end. Kindergarten and first grade audiences should enjoy Charlie and Wishy's adventure. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Charlie takes his goldfish to school for show-and-tell and proudly explains his training plans: "Fish are my specialty…. I'm teaching Wishy like people teach dolphins." On a class visit to the aquarium, he secretly smuggles his pet along in the hope of furthering its education. When it is time to leave, he realizes that he has lost his backpack carrying his fish. After hearing Charlie's confession, his classmates join forces and "like a school of fish" fan out to retrace their steps. The rescue of Wishy is the unanimous highlight of the field trip. Fish facts are included throughout the easy-to-read text, from Ms. Finn's lessons to a list of "Charlie's Fish School" tips on the care and (proper) handling of goldfish: "WISHY IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE after his trip to the aquarium in a plastic bag!" Filled with lively and amusing details, this is a good choice for one-on-one or independent reading.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
When Charlie's class visits the aquarium, little does anyone know that there is an extra student along for the ride-his goldfish Wishy is stashed in a plastic bag in his backpack. Charlie is determined to teach Wishy everything he finds out, reasoning that if dolphins can learn, so can goldfish. Throughout the trip he confuses many of his classmates by continually whispering to his backpack. But finally, the excitement of his own learning overcomes him and he leaves his backpack behind. The class's search for the lost pet is so memorable that every student chooses it as the favorite part of the trip. Charlie's enthusiasm for learning is refreshing and, one hopes, contagious, even though his teaching methods leave a little to be desired, as Poydar points out in both the story and the list of fish facts in the backmatter. Her gouache artwork reflects the text: While the aquarium fish are not very detailed, they are all identified, and the focus is kept on the emotionally expressive faces of the schoolchildren. A novel look at pet ownership. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421404
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Poydar is a former elementary school teacher who is now a full-time author and artist. She lives with her husband in Wayland, Massachusetts.

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