Friday, June 28, 2013

Published in June, 2013 by Viking Juvenile
Picture Book-Fiction
Ages 3-7
40 Pages

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

I love the concept of this book about friendship, having the courage to try new things and sharing a great book.  

Fish and Snail live together in their book.  Adventurous Fish leaves the book every day to travel to other stories.  Timid Snail stays behind and waits eagerly for Fish to return and tell him about his travels. 

After an especially thrilling pirate adventure, Fish tries to convince Snail to join him as he explores. However, Snail is too afraid to leave the familiar security of his safe little book.  Soon the two friends are arguing and their friendship seems to be in jeopardy.  

After Fish leaves, Snail somehow finds the courage to follow him out of the book thus saving their friendship and opening the door to new worlds of reading adventures for the duo. 

The author uses black and white in the background and color for the book(s) where the two friends travel.  Children will enjoy seeing the animals leaning out of one book and diving into the next with a splash. 

Classroom uses
Although the book is suggested for ages 3-7,  I think it could be used in grades K-4 as a read aloud.  Just be sure to keep the book available for several days to follow because the students will all want a chance to look at the pictures more closely. The Story of Fish and Snail lends itself to discussions of accepting differences, showing courage, friendship and conflict resolution.  It could also be used as a mentor text for making predictions and analyzing characters.  

Possible Companion Texts
Octopus Alone
Memoirs of a Goldfish
Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever or Snack Time?

See what others are saying about The Story of Fish and Snail.
NY Times    
Publishers Weekly 

Here is an interview with author Deborah Freedman
John Schu at Watch. Connect. Read 

Other books by Deborah Freedman 

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