Thought all of you would enjoy my review of The Pout-Pout Fish goes to school - a.k.a. an awesome addition to Deborah Diesen's Pout-Pout Fish series!
Expected publication: June 24th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in this new Pout-Pout Fish book from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.
When Mr. Fish goes to school for the first time, he's sad and frets because he's not immediately good at writing and learning his shapes. However, a kind-hearted teacher quickly reminds him that school is the best place to learn all of these new skills, and he'll get good at them with time.
Diesen has written a lovely tale, honestly showing how difficult it can be to go somewhere new for the first time. She also emphasizes how it's absolutely okay to start from the very beginning, when you do start in that new place. This is a lesson that will undoubtedly be appreciated by both parents and readers, especially as younger readers are gradually becoming acquainted with reading and learning new things.
Parents and readers will also likely appreciate Mr. Fish's honesty in saying that he feels like he's not good at anything, and is comforted by his teacher that everyone will get good over time. This is the classic idea that slow and steady wins the race, and will teach younger readers early on that everyone starts from the same place.
Also, the drawings in this book are funny, rich and beautiful. They will undoubtedly make younger readers dream about what life would be like in an under water school for fish, and also make them think about their own schools.
Bottom line: this is a charming, adorable book and I'm looking forward to sharing it with other readers, and my own family for years to come.