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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Infectious rhymes great for early reading or read-aloud.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Teaches words, colors, animal names (real and made-up ones), and shows how much fun you can have with words and rhyming.

Positive messages

There's an underlying message that words are fun, and an overt message that fun is good, as is trying new things : '"Did you ever fly a kite in bed? ... If you never did,/ you should./ These things are fun/ and fun is good."

Positive role models

The two kids are upbeat, adventurous, encouraging, energetic, kind, and fun-loving. Some of the creatures are cranky, but many are generous and helpful.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a classic Dr. Seuss book that works as a either a fun read-aloud or a manageable early reader. Kids may get hooked not only on reading and poetry but also on wordplay and imagining all manner of creatures doing all kinds of things playfully and with a good-hearted spirit. A guaranteed winner for preschoolers. Also available as an ebook and an animated DVD.

What's the story?

\"From there to here,/ from here to there,/ funny things/ are everywhere.\" That's what ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH is about in a nutshell: funny fish and other creatures going about their lives while being observed by -- or interacting with -- a little boy and his sister. The little boy narrator points out their distinctive characteristics -- \"This one has a little star./ This one has a little car./ Say! what a lot/ of fish there are.\" And sometimes the creatures speak directly to the reader: \"Who am I?/ My name is Ned./ I do not like/ my little bed.\"

Is it any good?


Simple, infectious  rhymes and real and imagined creatures (like a seven hump wump) in funny scenes make this a wonderful read-aloud and a perfect early reader. The rhymes invite kids to fill words in and sound words out. And somehow the inventive wordplay and comic sight gags never get old. Even the silliest sing-song rhymes are just plain fun to say, like, "I have this dish/ to help me wish," which is only the beginning of a major tongue twister.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about rhymes. What's fun about them?

  • Have you read other Dr. Seuss books? What are your favorites? 

  • What is it about a Dr. Seuss book that makes you know right away it's by Dr. Seuss? i sit the way he uses words? The way he draws?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Numbers and letters
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:March 12, 1960
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Available on:Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 April 19, 2013

Nostalgic Book

I remember this book! It's a fun, simple, silly book to read. It's great for introducing kids how to read, plus the rhymes make it easier to pronounce the words.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 May 1, 2013

I remember this!

This is a a fun book for young kids. :DDDD