The Little Red Fish

The Little Red Fish

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by Tae-Eun Yoo
     
 

A little boy enters a library with his grandfather and his little red fish at his side. But when he awakes after falling asleep amidst the library shelves, his fish is missing. Could his little friend have disappeared into that red book over there on the shelf?

Join us in celebrating this stunning debut by first-time illustrator Taeeun Yoo. With dreamlike

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A little boy enters a library with his grandfather and his little red fish at his side. But when he awakes after falling asleep amidst the library shelves, his fish is missing. Could his little friend have disappeared into that red book over there on the shelf?

Join us in celebrating this stunning debut by first-time illustrator Taeeun Yoo. With dreamlike qualities of early Maurice Sendak and fine etchings that strongly evoke the mysterious and the magical, The Little Red Fish pays homage to imagination and the power of a good book.

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Publishers Weekly

Newcomer Yoo's sepia-toned pen-and-inks and watercolor wash, rich with shadows and spidery figures, provide a haunting obligato for her story of a boy's adventure alone in a deserted library. The cloth-covered, jacketless book and handsewn pages suggest the attention to detail and craft found within. Falling asleep among the shelves after his grandfather, the librarian, leaves the room, young JeJe wakes in the moonlight to find that his beloved red fish (which he carries about in a goldfish bowl) has disappeared. "He caught a glimpse of a little red tail flipping high over a shelf and so he followed it." Movement from one of the books on the shelf catches his eye. Inked in vermilion, the red fish and the red book stand out against the neutral background, as a series of wordless spreads follows. JeJe takes the book down, opens it, and is greeted by a fountain of fish just like his. Diving in, he travels through a wintry landscape, then sails across an ocean with a flock of flamingos in an image that recalls Japanese silkscreen landscapes. He and his fish land safely in the library just as JeJe's grandfather returns to fetch him. "He whispered to his fish that they would come back to the library very soon." Like Barbara Lehman's work, of which her fans might be reminded here, Yoo's exhilarating visual images don't really need words. They seem to call to a place beyond language, and shutting the book feels like awakening from a dream. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
JeJe is a young boy whose grandfather is a librarian at an old library in the middle of a forest. His grandfather takes him to the library for the day, and JeJe brings his little red fish with him in a fishbowl. After exploring for a while, JeJe falls asleep. When he opens his eyes, it is dark, and he finds that his fish is gone. He searches the bookshelves and sees the fish's tail flipping over a shelf. He thinks the fish has gone into the middle of a book. When he opens the book, a large group of red fish emerges and as he tries to catch his fish, he falls down into the page of the book. Through illustrated scenes without text, we see him fly over an ocean until he catches his fish. Then he is back in the library returning his fish to its bowl. As he and his grandfather leave to go home, JeJe whispers to his fish that they will come back to the library soon. This unusual and imaginative story is delicately illustrated in black-and-light-brown tones, with the exception of the red fish.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 2 - From the moment readers encounter this book, they know that they've found something different. Rather than having a dust jacket, it is bound in bright red fabric, with the title and author embossed in black print and a small illustration centered on the cover. Inside, detailed hand-colored etchings match well with the quiet, mysterious story that unfolds. For the first time ever, JeJe is allowed to go to the library located deep inside the forest with his grandfather, the librarian. The boy takes his little red fish with him. He falls asleep and when he awakes, he notices that his companion has disappeared. Catching a glimpse of its tail, he follows it to an old red volume and when he opens the book, "something magical" happens. A wordless spread shows several fish spewing out of the tome. Seeing his pet still inside, JeJe reaches for it and falls into the pages. After several adventures-portrayed through illustrations only-he returns to the room with his fish in hand. He places the volume back on the shelf, hoping to visit another day. The boy's fantastical experiences will resonate with readers. The characters and setting are depicted in sepia tones; only the fish and the book are in eye-catching red. Due to its small size and the delicate nature of the artwork, this offering would work best for individual reading or one-on-one sharing.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803731455
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
2 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Taeeun Yoo lives in New York City.

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