It’s National Donut Day today! Mike Allegra has a cool donut poem. Check it out and feast on a donut why not.
Continuing the fish theme (and absolutely not donut related) with this cute little book:
Little Fish, Lost written by Nancy Van Laan and illustrated by Jane Conteh-Morgan
Atheneum books for young readers, April 1st, 1998.
Suitable for: 2-7
Themes/Topics: Fish, being lost, exploration, underwater life.
Little Fish lost his mother, where was she, where was she? Little Fish lost his mother, yes, he did.
Little Fish has gone missing in an African pond. As he putters about looking for his mother he meets the denizens of the place–fish and hippo, okapi and cheetah, jocana and spoonbill–and readers get introduced to some good lively language: the genet’s “lippa lap” of water, the “snappa-snap” of crawfish, and ultimately the “woosh woosh” and “gullumph gullumph” of the big fish as it swallows a school of fish. To her credit, Van Laan (Shingebiss, 1997, etc.) does not make the predicament of being lost one of pure terror. Instead, Little Fish has an opportunity to explore and enjoy some freedom before the marauding big fish gives the search for the mother some urgency. The rhymes have enough verve for story hours, and Conteh-Morgan’s sherbet-colored collages convey the swarming plurality underwater very well. For preschoolers who may have more concern for Little Fish than he does for himself, there is a comforting, if partial, glimpse of his mother on each page.
Activities: You could make a craft of one of the scenes using crepe paper and foil for the shiny parts. You could fill a bucket and make a live re-enactment
I found some very imaginative fishy crafts at Danielle’sPlace.
I’m painting an okapi next and there is a super illustration of one in this book. I really like the style of the illos. Very fresh and funky.
Read more perfect picture books on Susanna Hill’s blog and do take her picture book course too, it is wonderful! Unless you don’t write picture books and then you’re excused lol. Have a great weekend!
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