If Wishes Were Fishes

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Why don't people say what they mean? What does 'spit it out' or 'shake a leg' really mean. T.J. discovers as he visits his grandparents that words and phrases can cause trouble for a boy.
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Why don't people say what they mean? What does 'spit it out' or 'shake a leg' really mean. T.J. discovers as he visits his grandparents that words and phrases can cause trouble for a boy.
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Lori Calabrese
If you have grandparents or know somebody who likes to use funny sayings like catching `forty winks', spit it out' or get your `ducks in a row', then you'll want to check out this humorous picture book, If Wishes Were Fishes.

JT Trumanowski is a six-year old who is spending a whole weekend with his grandparents. The only problem is they have their own secret language and JT struggles to understand what they say. It all starts at breakfast when JT is eating his cereal. When he tries to s
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982588673
  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Meet the Author

N.A. Sharpe was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware studying Psychology and Elementary Education. She is a single mom and currently lives in central Florida with her son and two dogs, Scooter (a Yorkie) and NaNu (a Morkie). She has always had a deep rooted love of storytelling and children’s literature. This is her first picture book. She has one fantasy book published and is currently writing a Young
Adult fantasy adventure series in collaboration with her son.

Ginger Nielson is a full time children’s book illustrator who lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in semi-rural part of New Hampshire. There is a magic wand on her desk and a dragon in her basement. Everything else is perfectly normal.
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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    Say What You Mean

    N. A. Sharpe's picture book, If Wishes Were Fishes, is a hilarious story about how what we say can be interpreted in many different ways, especially by a child. Jedediah Tobias Trumanowski has a problem. His teacher wants him to spell his whole name, and he's only six. He doesn't understand why. He also has trouble understanding his grandparents who tell him to do the weirdest things. For example, at breakfast one morning he's trying to say a certain word, and his grandma tells him to "spit it out, boy." When he does, she giggles and explains that "spit it out" means to "say what you're trying to say." J. T. wonders why she doesn't just say it. So J. T.'s very confusing day begins. What does Grandpa mean when he tells J. T. he's going to take "forty winks" then they'll get their "ducks in a row" and go to the baseball game. Being a good boy, J. T. tries to line the ducks up in a row while Grandpa is napping. Right quick, he discovers that ducks do not like to line up in a row. In fact, they refuse to. Does Grandpa know? Come along with J. T. in a romp through Grandma's and Grandpa's idioms that will have you rocking with laughter. Ginger Nielson's illustrations add the perfect touch to the story. Her characters, J. T. especially, picture a loving family learning to communicate with each other. Young readers who, like J. T., are probably not familiar with the expressions will laugh as Ms. Nielson's drawings show our hero attempting some of the things his grandparents tell him to do, and the results. Readers also will scratch their heads along with J. T. and say, "Huh?" They'll giggle with satisfaction when the sayings are explained. I recommend If Wishes Were Fishes for children 4 - 8 and for parents and grandparents to read with their little ones. Someone once said, "Laughter is good for the soul." There's plenty of laughter here. And parents, watch out. Your children may come up with some idioms of their own.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Shake a leg and read If Wishes Were Fishes

    If you have grandparents or know somebody who likes to use funny sayings like catching 'forty winks', spit it out' or get your 'ducks in a row', then you'll want to check out the humorous picture book If Wishes Were Fishes. JT Trumanowski is a six-year old who is spending a whole weekend with his grandparents. The only problem is they have their own secret language and JT struggles to understand what they say. It all starts at breakfast when JT is eating his cereal. When he tries to say aluminum, he stutters and his Grandma says, "Spit it out, boy." So JT does just that-spits out his cereal that is! And when Grandpa says they need to get their 'ducks in a row,' JT heads to the pond to line up the ducks. All of the funny sayings in this book are amusing and witty, sure to bring a smile to your face. Each adage adds a humorous twist to the story and will appeal not only to the young, but also the young at heart. So 'shake a leg,' and don't get your 'feathers in a bunch,' but be sure to check out this beautiful story-and if anyone asks, just tell them 'a little bird told you!'

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    A story that resonates with young readers

    "If Wishes were Fishes" is a witty little story that will put a smile on a young reader's face. It is geared for 4-7 year-olds.

    JT Trumanowski is a young boy who goes to sleep over his grandparents house. JT takes everything his grandparents say literally, but they are used to speaking more figuratively. Expressions such as "get your ducks in a row," "no more monkey business," and "a penny for your thoughts," get JT into a spot of trouble.

    "If Wishes were Fishes," shows children not to take everything so seriously, and to ask if they don't quite understand something. The story is sweetly illustrated by Ginger Nelson. Her illustrations are sharp and appealing.

    "If Wishes were Fishes," is a book that will leave young readers with plenty of giggles and thinking of the story long after they've closed the book.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Fun and clever story

    J.T. loves spending time at his grandparents' house. But sometimes they speak in riddles he can't understand. What's a kid to do?

    Mix-ups and comical confusion ensue as J.T. tries to follow grandma and grandpa's instructions throughout the story. His antics will keep children giggling page after page as J.T. discovers the real meanings of common expressions. The good-natured relationship between J.T. and his grandparents is sweet. I highly recommend this clever, funny book for children ages 4 and up.

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