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FISH EYES: A BOOK YOU CAN COUNT ON
Author: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: HOUGHTON-MIFFLIN CO, Jul 2012
Get ready to put on scales, fins & a tail & dive underwater for a marvelous fantasy adventure. Learn to count brilliantly colored fish. Look closely, & you?ll find a friendly guide to accompany you on your journey?& help out with some simple addition along the way. Ages 3-6. Color illus; 17.7x10.3 inches, 40 pgs.
Get ready to put on scales, fins and a tail and dive underwater for a marvelous fantasy adventure. Children will have fun while learning to count other brilliantly colored fish swimming through the pages of Lois Ehlert?s water world. Look closely, and you?ll find a friendly guide to accompany you on your journey?and help out with some simple addition along the way.
So, take a deep breath, and plunge in. Happy counting!
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
PreSchool-Grade 1-- Stylized fish shapes in flat, razzle-dazzle colors against a dark blue background float across the pages from one to ten, accompanied by one little dark fish who keeps the count going. Cutout circles at the eyes reveal colors on succeeding pages. The slight text, occasionally in rhyme, introduces adjectives through the count, and tries to set a context of wish-fulfillment. It's a slick production, attempting several concepts at once--numbers, shapes, colors, imagining, addition to a value of one--but it doesn't quite hang together, and its result is a little breathless. MacDonald and Oakes' Numblers (Dial, 1988) also uses strong color and stark form to present visually the concepts of increasing quantity and transformations, but in a more thoughtful and well-integrated way, with movement inherent in the design. Another little dark fish, Lionni's Swimmy (Pantheon, 1963), has a more meaningful underwater exploration, incorporating the idea of changing appearances into the story. - Karen Litton, London Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada