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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
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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.
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