A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of sea creatures, with fins or tentacles, for little ones to identify.
The best gifts come straight from the heart. Tasks are easier when you share them with a friend. Christmas is about more than shopping.
Positive Role Models
Miss Shimmer tells Mr. Fish that the "best gifts come straight form the heart," and she helps him make gifts for his friends. Mr. Fish starts out pouty but cheers up with her help. He's a loving, generous friend throughout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Not So Merry Pout-Pout Fish is a Christmas-themed story in the popular Pout-Pout picture-book series. In this book, Mr. Fish is pouting because he's having trouble finding the perfect gift for each of the friends on his shopping list. But with the help of a friend, he learns that the "best gifts come straight from the heart" and creates gifts with his own fins.
Is It Any Good?
This simple holiday tale carries a welcome anti-commercial message, but it may resonate more with stressed-out adult shoppers than kids. Still, the art is wonderful, with lots of fun details in the watery world below and a big payoff when Manta Claus arrives at the end. Preschoolers will enjoy the wordplay and repeated rhyming phrase in Mr. Fish's quest: "A gift should be big / And a gift should be bright / And a gift should be perfect / Guaranteed to bring delight … "
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