Fish Had a Wish

illus. by author. unpaged. (I Like to Read Series). Holiday House. Apr. 2012. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2394-1. LC 2010050124.
PreS-K—While swimming around the lily-pad-strewn waters, Fish, observing his fellow creatures, begins to wish. If he were a bird, he could fly high in the sky; if a turtle, he could nap on a sunny rock; if a bee, he could buzz from flower to flower; and if a beaver, he could build a big dam. But then a mayfly drifts by and, after enjoying a great big bite, Fish realizes it's good to be a fish after all. The book's theme, being satisfied with one's own self, has been explored in many guises, but Garland lends his own eye-catching touch with images created, according to the copyright page, in "digi-wood," giving the creatures a distinctive glow. Positioned front and center on the spreads, the animals will entice children to explore the images and will undoubtedly have them suggesting other creatures to add to Fish's wish list.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
"'I wish I were a bird!' said Fish. 'I could fly high up in the sky.'" This is an appealing if familiar story about a fish who wishes to be a variety of creatures before realizing that "it is good to be a fish." The full-spread close-up images of the featured animals are more engaging than the simple text.

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