Fritz's Fish

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Fritz is too young for a pet fish. At least, that's what his parents say. But when the nearby river floods one day, Fritz gets his chance to prove them wrong. He finds a fish swimming down the street and puts it in his bathtub! Unfortunately, Fritz soon realizes that his new friend is miserable. Though Fritz tries to make the tub feel more like home, the fish just doesn't like it. In the end, he's forced to make a tough decision, but his hard work is rewarded with a special gift. Charming and undeniably cute, ...
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Overview

Fritz is too young for a pet fish. At least, that's what his parents say. But when the nearby river floods one day, Fritz gets his chance to prove them wrong. He finds a fish swimming down the street and puts it in his bathtub! Unfortunately, Fritz soon realizes that his new friend is miserable. Though Fritz tries to make the tub feel more like home, the fish just doesn't like it. In the end, he's forced to make a tough decision, but his hard work is rewarded with a special gift. Charming and undeniably cute, this little story is sure to be a splash with both young readers and parents.
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German artist Bunge makes a stunning children's book debut, bringing a fresh beauty and grace to a familiar story of a boy and the pet he desires but must return to freedom. Fritz's yearnings for a pet fish come true one remarkable day, when a storm-swollen river floods his town, and he rescues a large fish. Fritz promptly deposits "Fresh" ("I just had to name him that," the boy narrator inserts as an aside) in the family's bathtub, but despite his dutiful caretaking, the fish fails to thrive, and the boy sadly realizes what he must do. "When I let him go, he sprang high in a big arc and then back into his river.... Then he disappeared in the river forever." Working with a palette of subdued blues, grays and browns-the visual equivalent of Elschner's restrained yet poetic prose-Bunge subtly mixes the real and magical throughout the book. Telling, precisely inked details depict the landscapes of Fritz's life, while Fresh is given expressive human features, reminiscent of old-fashioned fairy tale illustrations. But Bunge's real triumph is Fritz himself. Even though the boy spends most of the story in emotional tumult (his mother ultimately rewards his selflessness with a real pet fish), he's never a sad sack; his inquisitive eyes, wiry body and tousled reddish hair mark him as a sturdy fellow who won't be down for long. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 2-Living in a small apartment with an allergic father, Fritz is not allowed to have a pet. One day, he finds a fish in a flooded street and takes it home. Despite his mother's belief that Fritz is too young to care for it, he places the fish in the bathtub and feeds him regularly. But after the floodwater recedes back into the river, Fritz realizes that the fish is unhappy and that it must return to its natural habitat. Mother also realizes that if Fritz can make such a mature decision, he can have a goldfish as a reward. Primitive-style artwork fills the pages, showing streets flooded with blue-green and bluish-gray water. Endpapers show the river's waters with many varieties of fish. Pair this supplemental offering with such stories as Kelly Bennett's Not Norman: A Goldfish Story (Candlewick, 2005) for a fishy theme.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780698400283
  • Publisher: Minedition
  • Publication date: 10/6/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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