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Fish Wish

Fish Wish

by Bob Barner

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A boy goes down to a coral reef where he wishes to be a fish and describes all the sea creatures he would see. Barner's collages are startling because of his use of antique buttons, beads, cork, and other items like tin foil, newspaper scraps, and fabric pieces. Ideas for a terrific art project are here as well as solid information about coral reefs and the sea creatures appearing on each page. 2000, Holiday, Ages 2 to 6, $16.95. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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