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My daughter has tons of books, so many that half the time I don't know where they came from and new ones seem to appear all the time! This book was one she approached me with a few days ago, and ever since she has come rather infatuated with this book and wants me to read it all the time!
The story focuses on a fish who is able to make wishes, and he swims along wishing for all kinds of fun and fancy things. The concept actually was quite funny by the end as he then wishes to be just like all the other fish in the sea - thus losing his omnipotent power to make wishes and rendering him exactly what he asked for, a normal life! I found this quite comical as the fish then looks quite grumpy! My 3 year old of course didn't pick up on the subtle humour and the thought behind it, but she still really enjoys this book!
My daughter is 3 years old, and whilst of course she cannot read, she enjoys reading along with me and I think the rhyming aspect is what captures her interest most. The words are basic and easy to understand, and each page is covered in vibrant, colourful pictures of the deep blue sea and it's inhabitants whereas the wording is limited to just a few lines, making it easy to read. The language is simple and effective, with not too many syllables or complex wording unlike another book she has where I didn't even know how to pronounce one of the words!
I think this book is suitable for children from all ages, as you can never start reading too early, but perhaps a 4/5 year old may want something a bit more challenging and advanced. We both enjoy reading this book together, and it is a rather big, paperback which she is able to hold herself and turn the pages, and being larger than average she can understand from the clear, bigger pictures what is happening to the fish with each wish.
The book is written by John Bush and illustrated by Korky Paul and can be bought on amazon for £5.24 which I think is a bit much, but who's to put a price on reading :)
Overall, it is a book I would recommend as it is interesting, a new concept and each wish the fish would make is more absurd and random than the last and even made me chuckle a little bit. My daughter loves it, and I am sure other kids do too!
My son recently became very interested in books and reading and one of the things that is now a firm part of his routine is a bedtime story. He received this book a few weeks ago and it has become one of his firm favourites, he reads it every second night, he alternates between this and another story so we have read it a LOT so far.
This book is entitled: 'The Fish Who Could Wish', which is written by John Bush and illustrated by Korky Paul. Mainly this is a picture book with small rhymes on each page which is aimed at small children, personally I would say from around 18 months to around 3 or 4 years old. It's definately very versatile in it's reaching.
The full story is based on a fish who has the power to make and have all his wishes come true. There are various examples set out in rhyming form. They are strange for wishes such as skiing and silk ties but none the less they all come true. The final wish the fish wishes is to be like all other fish in the sea. Of course this means he looses the power to have whatever he likes come true. There is definately a moral of this story about wishing and being careful as you just never know!
First of all I found the layout of the book to be very simple but easy. The sentences are not at all too long, on a couple of the pages just one or two lines which I feel is a little too short but not a problem. The rhyming language gives it a certain flow and adds to the fun of reading. It is very easy to read and it rolls off the tongue. The language is pretty simple and as a starter book I feel this would be ideal for children to start recognising and reading words. This is simply an observation I have no fact on this.
It is entertaining and enjoyable, even I found it a great story to read simply to find out the next crazy wish the fish would make. The pictures are bright and colourful and in keeping with the story which is excellent and means it is very suitable even for very small children. The illustrations are very cartoon like and excellent for appealing to children.
Personally I love this book and am more than happy to read it to my son as many times as he would like. He loves the story which can be seen from the amount of times he has wanted to read it the last few weeks. The illustrations are appealing, the rhythmic tone easy to get to grips with, the language is simple enough to understand and there are not too many lines per page which overall is wonderful as my son does sometimes find it hard to sit for lengthy periods of times listening to long stories. He's very much a hands on boy rather than a listening boy.
This was a gift so I have no idea where it actually came from or the price but a quick google search revealed that this is available from Amazon for £3.71 with free delivery. There also seems to be a couple of other books available in the same format from the same author which I shall definately be buying for my son. This would make a perfect gift or just a treat for a wonderful little boy or girl.
My 4 year old and 2 year old love The Fish Who Could Wish.
It's a paperback book. 32 pages long and about 10 inches wide by 12 inches high.
The front cover shows a cartoon style picture of a large orange fish swimming along the ocean floor, surrounded by lots of other sea creatures.
The book tells the story of a fish who has the power to make wishes that come true, such as wishing for a castle or a car. Or even wishing for fine suits or to fly around the world.
The story is written in rhyming text which trips easily off the tongue and as a parent is fun to read.
The story ends with a moral, as the silly fish makes a wish to be like all the other fish, which means that he can't make any more wishes! The book points out that the one thing he never wished was to be wise...
Admittedly, this is not the most exciting children's book I've ever read, but it is nice and gentle and lovely at bedtime when you want the kids to calm down a bit.
The illustrations are brilliant and show the fish through pastel, cartoon-style drawings which compliments the rhyming text beautifully.
We received this book free as part of my daughter's Bookstart pack, but it can be bought for around £3 - £4, which I think is a good price for a great children's book. I think I'll be reading it for a few more years to come.
This is an amazing book, i had it given to me as a gift for my daughters first birthday and it quickly became a firm favourite of hers. I don't think i would have chosen it myself as it is not too bright and doesn't really stand out from the others at first glance however having read it (maybe a hundred times now!!) it is a really good story and it has a point rather then just twiddle that some children's books have. It teaches about having the ability to think ahead and about consequences to actions!!
The book starts
In the deep blue sea,
In the deep of the blue,
Swam a fish who could wish,
And each wish would come true.
It focuses on each wish and then moves onto another until he wishes for something too silly... and when it comes true it is the end of the wishes!
The wholes story is rhymed and my child caught on very quickly and likes to tell me the next line from memory (with a prompt from the pictures when she needs it!)
It is not hard back so for that reason i think it is either best to have it as an 'only with mummy or daddy book' until your child is old enough to understand that ripping the pages is not good - having said that my daughter loves to sit on my lap and just look at it pointing to the very detailed pictures and asking what things are and watching the orange fish change into a shark!!! This is her favourite bit and she thinks it is hilarious! She didn't initially understand the concept of wishing as was quite little but she liked the rhyming and repetition and now she is a little older she likes the same but also the fact that she can help with the story telling as she remembers bits!
Published by: Oxford University Press
Price: Around 3.50 depending where you shop!
The fish who could wish is a relatively new addition to my daughter's book shelves and a new firm favourite.
She recently received this as a gift from Bookstart.
The fish who could with is written by John Bush and illustrated by Korky Paul. The book is a rhyming story which is always a hit in my house about a fish who can wish and what he actually wishes for. The very lucky fish wishes for all sorts of silly things and in the end there is a moral to learn!
The illustrations in the book are bright and funny and they match the story really well. My daughter finds the part when he wishes he was as round as a biscuit most intriguing and will interrupt the flow of the book for a good 5 minutes every time asking why he wanted to be round as a biscuit I guess that's a question that only the fish can answer as I have no idea!
I really like this book its not too short and doesn't go on forever its ending is quite a nice lesson in being careful what you wish for and thankful for what you have.
Our copy was free but Its currently priced at a very reasonable £3.97 on amazon a bargain if you ask me.
'The Fish Who Could Wish', written by John Bush and Korky Paul, is a fun little picture book aimed at small children but with a bit of a moral at the end too!
The entire story is written in rhyme and takes place at the bottom of the sea where we meet a very unusual but lucky fish! This fish is different because every time he makes a wish it actually comes true! This fish wishes for all sorts of unusual things - for example a car and a castle, a horse and a spanish guitar. Quite an unusual set of wishes you may think, but they all miraculously appear. One time he wishes he could ski and all of a sudden the ocean bed is transformed as it snows for a week! Another time he wishes he could fly and then is transported to flying all around the earth - twice in one night! So as you can see, all this fish's wishes, however wierd and wonderful, all come true.
One day though, the fish, who is rather silly wishes that he could be just like all the other fish in the ocean. Of course this wish comes true as well, but of course all the other fish can't make wishes that come true! So, from that day onwards neither can our special fish either! So, I would say that the moral of this tale is to be careful what you wish for!
As I said earlier, this story is written entirely in rhyme which definitely adds to its appeal. My three year old daughter loves rhyme as she is very good now at recognising it and can complete the rhymes which she loves to do with this book. The rhyme also makes you read it with a certain rhythm, also adding to the enjoyment
The story is also a clever one and it's very entertaining to see what the fish will wish for next. You can also make up your own wishes for the fish and say what happens when they come true. My daughter also loves drawing and likes to draw pictures to the wishes too!
This brings me on to the illustrations which are fantastic! Korky Paul is the illustrator and provides so much detail in every picture, and with a lot of humour too! Every time we look at the book there seems to be something new to look at in the pictures! He also introduces the idea of thought bubbles in his pictures with every time the fish wishes for something new there is a stream of bubbles blowing upwards from his head!
So overall I feel this is a very good book for parents to share with young children. We love the story and the illustrations and enjoy thinking up our own wishes too! Our copy is a good quality paperback published by Oxford University Press with a RRP of £4.99. However, I bought this as part of a set from The Book People which worked out at considerably less!
Another story with a message; I must be on a run of them at the moment.
I read this book to introduce children to the idea of wanting to be something you are not and of wanting too much.
In the deep blue sea,
In the deep of the blue,
Swam a fish who could wish,
And each wish would come true.
He wished for a castle,
He wished for a car,
But one day he wished
Just a little too far
The fish swims round the sea, wishing for all kinds of things, and all of his wishes come true.
First, he wishes for a castle, and there it is, a huge castle with our fish swimming out of the door. Then it's a car, and our dashing fish is at the wheel, whizzing across the sea bed. He wishes for a horse and a Spanish guitar, and when he wishes to go skiing, it began to snow for a week under the sea little lady is quite fascinated by this concept- snow under the sea. We like the picture when he wishes he could fly, and subsequently goes round the world twice. When it comes to avoiding being the sharks' dinner, he wishes himself too small to eat, and then that he was the shark, and the sharks were just fish.He wishes himself all kinds of shapes and gets a fine wardrobe.
There he is, that fish who could wish, swimming round looking at his fine suites, but was he wise? " the one thing he never wished Was to be wise". One day, for a bit of fun, that silly fish wished a silly wish, and wished that he could be " like all the other fish in the sea".
And what happens next, to finish the story is " that was his very last wish that came true"
All of this is done in a rhyming style which children quickly learn, and there are usually only four lines to each double spread page; this style of writing means that a whole story has to be told in very few words.
The illustrations are, I think, what makes this book. The writing style is such that it leaves a lot to the imagination, and the illustrations certainly lend themselves to encouraging a vivid imagination.
They are very colourful and detailed and appeal to children's sense of humour and of the frequently ridiculous.
Each picture is a double page spread with the fish at the side, and a thought bubble coming from his head to the picture which is his wish.
Our favourite picture at the moment is the one where he wishes to ski, and it snows for a week under the sea. Our fish is skiing off what looks like a shipwreck, and there is a snowman fishing for fish; the fish are swimming complacently along the sea bed, looking bemusedly at the fish who could wish.
The expressions on the faces of the fish who could wish and the other fish truly capture the text and the meaning the writer is trying to convey.
Most of the time the hero of the story looks rather pleased with himself, and when he is singing accompanied by his Spanish guitar, we have a fabulous picture of him with his mouth wide open, "giving it his all". You can almost hear the noise- he looks so pleased to be singing along with his under water band. This is a great opportunity to look for the instruments and the creatures who are playing them.
All in all, the illustrations are pure fantasy and in the usual style of the illustrators fabulous pictures.
**PUBLISHER AND OTHER INFORMATION**
Published by: Oxford University Press
Price: Try www.amazon.co.uk for some good prices although as yet, I have not seen this book "going for pennies" as I have seen some other books being sold.
**OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR**
The Giraffe Who Got in a Knot.
**OTHER BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY KORKY PAUL**
If you have the book and enjoyed the illustrations, have a look for these books
Winnie the Witch
Call Me Sam
The Cat That Scratched
The Dog That Dug
The Duck That Had No Luck
The Wonky Donkey
Has a lot of information on all of the books he has illustrated- I didn't know there were so many.
Plus, if you are interested, there is information on the author.
I think this picture book is excellent and have read it on numerous occasions, both to my own little miss and to groups of children.
Although it is a story with a message, it is also an brilliantly constructed and illustrated story book. If your main aim is just to read a highly enjoyable story, give it a go. Children love the illustrations and if given time, will find so much more detail than you originally noticed; every time I read this to children, we find something new to look at and wonder.
The message is an important aspect of the story- be happy with yourself. Even if the "reading" of the message was not my main and specific intention, children frequently realize what the author is trying to tell us, and often comment on the fact that the fish was indeed silly. We talk lots about what we would wish for and it links in nicely with assembly themes and wishes for the wider community.
The rhyming style is superb and keeps the rhythm throughout the story. We often make up our own wishes and try to write 4 line sentences in the same rhyming style.
There is also the art and craft you can get out of this. Make huge colourful fish using cds and/ or foil. Make little fish for a huge collage.
Use the book to be bright and bold and enjoy.
I have read it to children as young as 4 it's a favourite of little miss and have found that children up to about 9 still enjoy it.
I would, for all of these reasons, highly recommend it.
Thanks for reading