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The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 32
 
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4.5/ 5


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A colorful and engrossing book that makes heading off to school a not so scary prospect.

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The beginning of Mr. Fish's day does not go well, and he is quite discouraged at the beginning.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“A long time ago, when Mr. Fish was very small, he headed off to school for the first time of all.” Going off to school for the very first time is a daunting prospect for most kiddos, but that milestone is made just a little bit easier when kids hear the story of Mr. Fish’s […]

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Posted July 26, 2014 by

 
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“A long time ago, when Mr. Fish was very small, he headed off to school for the first time of all.”

Going off to school for the very first time is a daunting prospect for most kiddos, but that milestone is made just a little bit easier when kids hear the story of Mr. Fish’s disastrous first day. As this emotional blue fish wanders through the hallways, confused as to where he should be, the poor little fishie is left feeling decidedly…blue. As he wanders into classroom after classroom, trying out long division and writing, to name a few, he becomes more and more despondent on his chances for school success. Luckily, a sweet teacher helps him find where he belongs, teaching him that school can be fun – not scary – in the process.

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School is obviously meant for a rather small demographic – mainly kids heading off to school for the first time – so I gathered up my almost kindergartener (along with her eight year old sister) to get a good idea of how kids that age will react to the book. The rhyming passages on each page flow nicely, giving kids an entertaining and succinct look into Mr. Fish’s feelings as he is lost in the school. It is decidedly sad at first, as Mr. Fish finds he can’t do the things the older kids are doing, and he repeats a sad mantra about not belonging and not being smart. I thought the kids might find this depressing, but it was actually quite the opposite. Mr. Fish’s exaggerated, pouty frown gave them giggles every time they saw it, regardless of the somewhat sad phrases that accompanied it.

And that seemed to be the case with most of the book. Yes, there were some tough moments for Mr. Fish as he feels that perhaps school is not for him after all, but the colorful illustrations and singsong words make it easy for kids to just enjoy the story without feeling anxious. Of course, it all ends happily for Mr. Fish in the end, and there are tons of child friendly illustrations of both fishies and a standard school environment to keep kids eyes as busy as their ears. Overall, The Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School was a hit with both my prospective schoolchild and her older sister, and I rather enjoyed it myself.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)