Fabulous Fishes
by Susan Stockdale

Price at time of review: $15.95
32 pp.
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd
Atlanta, GA
ISBN: 9781561454297

Grade Level: K-4

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

By pairing rhyming text and factual information, this beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to both exotic and familiar fishes. In only a few large words per page, the book illustrates diversity and adaptations. Bold, colorful, fabulous fish are depicted in their natural habitats.

It's easy to imagine reading the text aloud, then sparking constructivist dialogue about what, where, and why. With creativity and accuracy unusual for an early primary book, this volume has earned an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 designation. To prepare teachers for the inevitable, excited questions that will follow a group reading, an afterward with thumbprint photos supplies additional information about each organism featured. There is also a list of great books for further investigation.

Review posted on 1/15/2009

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