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Fish Out of Water

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  10,233 ratings  ·  133 reviews
A little boy who overfeeds his goldfish begins an adventure that brings even the police and a fire engine to cope with A FISH OUT OF WATER. Beginning readers will delight in this fast moving story. 'I can read it all by myself' is the Beginner Books motto, and behind it is an understanding of how important it is for children to take pride and pleasure in their early readin ...more
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Published August 1st 1984 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 12th 1961)
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Srividya
This is perhaps my most special read of this year. Why? Because this is the first book that my daughter, Shrija, read aloud to me.

As parents, we are used to reading to our kids but when the favour is returned, believe me it is an experience far sweeter than any other in this world!

The story is about a little boy who buys a fish as a pet and is warned not to overfeed it. However, children will remain children and do what they are specifically told not to do. So this boy feeds the fish more than
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Brad
I find it hard to read this book without thinking about Helen Palmer Geisel's suicide, which came after Dr. Seuss' adultery with the woman who would become his second wife. At one point in the note she wrote, "I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you," and I felt that sentiment when I read A Fish Out of Water last night.

Palmer (I'll stick with her chosen nom de plume from now on) took an old story of Seuss's -- a story he had abandoned -
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Crystal Starr Light
From an adult's perspective, this book is absolutely ridiculous. Feeding a fish too much causes him to grow to an obscene size within hours? I'm sure that is probably what made my parents laugh uncontrollably as they read this to me.

So why do I adore this book? Well, slap me around and call me nostalgic, but Dad read this to me. He had some of the greatest voices when reading this book, and I have so many fond memories of me and my sis sitting on either side of him as he would wail, "WHY DID I F
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Ashley
1. Controlled Vocabulary
2. A little boy learns a hard lesson when he doesn’t listen to the pet shop owner and feeds his fish too much! Who knows what can happen if you don’t follow directions!
3. Critique:
a. The strength of this book is the simple presentation and limited word use to get the story across.
b. By using charming pictures and a limited vocabulary, the book becomes a great one for early readers who are still getting used to recognizing and reading words. This way of writing is almost l
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Maureen Jehling
A Fish Out of Water, by Helen Palmer, is about a young boy who gets a first pet which is a fish. Mr. Carp, the fish salesman, told the boy only to feed his fish a pinch of food or something will happen. But then one day the little boy does feed the fish too much, and something does happen! What do you think could possibly happen? Think about it, but you must read this book yourself, or which your children, to find out what does happen!

I remember reading this book all the time when I was younger!
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Annie
I loved loved loved this book when I was a wee child. A boy feeds his pet goldfish too much and it grows to an unmanageably large size. Recently donated and added to our collection at Kailua Public Library!
Yahira Romero
This book starts off with a boy going to get a fish from Mr. Carp. Mr. Carp explained to the boy what to do and how much food the little fish needed. Well the little boys doesn't listen and his fish grows big. He grows so big that the boy had to find him a new home. The fish didn't fit in pots or flower bowls. The fish had to be taken to a pool and there Mr. Carp fixed the fish and told the boy how he didn't follow the rules and his fish got so big. From there the boy didn't disobey. I enjoyed r ...more
David Sarkies
This story is about a boy who buys himself a fish and then proceeds to ignore the advise of the pet shop store owner (ironically, or not so ironically, named Mr Carp) and fall to the guilt trips that the fish lays upon him, and feeds the fish the whole box of fish food. Well, he should have listened to the professional's advice because the fish then begins to grow at a rapid rate and nobody know what to do about it, until Mr Carp comes along and does something a makes the fish small again.
This
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Jadalynn
This is a cute picture book for primary readers. It’s about a little boy who buys a fish called Otto and the man at the pet store, Mr Carp, warns him not to feed Otto more than a little bit. The boy ends up feeding Otto more than he was told and Otto grows and grows till he finally has to be moved to a pool, and Mr Carp comes over to make Otto small again, we just don’t know how he did it. The simplistic colors in the line drawings might not grab kids attention, but the cleverness of the drawing ...more
Comfort Olajide
I read this book it is about a little boy that pointed a particular fish he wanted to buy in a fish shop and he knew the fish like him and the owner of the shop (Mr. Carp) also said (Otto) the fish like him to. So Mr. Carp taught the little boy how to feed the fish otherwise the fish will have problem if overfed. The little boy took the Otto home and fed him a little food at first then kept watching the fish and he thought Otto the fish is still hungry so he fed him with all the food in the box ...more
Melissa
All the fish are swimming in the water, swimming in the water, swimming in the water...bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, splash!
The great big fish...
The little bitty fish...

(Sung to Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down, all day long.

The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap...
The fish in the sea go swish swish, swish...
The boats in the sea to toot, toot, toot...

Last night I caught a fish, but did I say how big
Is it a
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Milo Dominguez
If you are looking for a good book to read on a hot rainy day this is definitely a book to read. I read over and over again and I must say I can't stop. Maybe you will have the same issue as me.
Joc
This is the first book I remember borrowing from the library. It seemed like such a big deal at the time. It brings back so many good memories and I enjoyed reading it with my children. Timeless.
Eileen Rose
"This fish," I said to Mr.Carp, "I want him. I like him. And he likes me." This was the all-time favorite book of my childhood!
Was it because, I grew up fishing in the Pacific Ocean, off our dock in the backyard? Or, that I got to walk to the corner Aquarium Shop, with my big brother and wonder which of all the brightly colored fish, we'd get to take home?
Perhaps it was the catchy "Fishtale" in all it's simplicity, because it didn't confuse me, like some Dr. Suess' books.
There's even a mora
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Mary
One of the books I used to beg my mother to borrow from the Massillon Public Library...followed, of course, by my asking her to read it several times per day until we had to return it.
Eileen
In this humorous book, a little boy buys a fish from a pet store. The boy overfeeds his fish. The fish grows and grows and grows.
Bookwyrm
Another great read aloud book to toddlers. "One pinch, never more than a spot. Or something may happen, you never know what"
Leelaa73
I remember loving this book as a child and now I'm reading it to my kids! It's just a fun great kids book.
Lucy Hernandez
I have to read this book to my kids at least three times a week. It is a good lesson for them to teach that when they don't follow directions, they assume their own consequences. It is important in life to have some structures and to follow patterns. Life is about routines and if you are organized, things are going to flow in an easy way.

Extension:
Bring to class a goldfish, and talk to them about this small creature. How and how much you feed them, what color is it? Is it big or small? Is its sk
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Debbie Madrid
Fun and exciting children book which has logic and magic at the same time. Love it
Sandie
I have read this book so many times, it was a personal favorite of mine when I was a little girl! I was thrilled to come across it in the libray last week and checked it out to read with my little girl (6) and she really enjoyed it as well.

I thought it would be a first time for her, but it turns out that its still a popular story and she had already heard it in kindergarten this past year.

Fun, fun book! Lots of wonderful pictures of the fish as it is moved from place to place! Highly reccomend
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John
This book is a great hit when your kids are just the right age.
BlackhamBoys
I remember reading this many years ago when I was young. As we recent got some goldfish, and they always looked SO hungry (resulting in some overfeeding by the kids) this book popped into my mind and I looked it up and borrowed it from the library.

Bring a "I Can Read" book with the Dr. Suess logo, I was expecting it to be a little more rhymey than it was. But a cute, quick read, with darling illustrations.

... with a reminder to the kids that the story IS make believe, that a fish really wouldn't
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Robbie
We love this book. Never feed a fish too much or you never know whats going to happen. this fish grows, and grows and grows. First the fish is moved from the glass bowl to the tub until the house is flooded, then he ends up being saved by the fire department and winds up in the community pool. the only person who can save him is the pet shop owner who told the boy not too feed the fish too much. he shows up in a crazy get up, jumps in the pool and comes out with a very tiny normal sized fish. no ...more
Ahyu Little
love the story since i was a child
Jen
A Fish Out of Water is a fun children's book about a boy who ignores the advice of the guy in the pet store who tells him to give his goldfish "Never more than a spot, or something may happen! You never know what." What happens is that Otto the goldfish can't stop growing, and his cartoon eyes express increasing consternation as he outgrows his bowl, a flower vase, a big pot, a bathtub and ultimately ends up in a swimming pool. Since our puppy seems to have eaten what Otto ate - he can't stop gr ...more
Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup)
Nov 02, 2012 Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1st graders and up
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Scholastic Book Club
Over the years I have read this to my children on numerous occasions. They seem to enjoy it more the older they are getting. I remember the first few times I read it to them they had a very hard time concentrating because they were so young. That certainly isn't the case now. My son has very little trouble identifying any of the words now, and he is rather amused by this cute little tale of warning you to take care of your pets. Both of my children have benefited from reading this so many times. ...more
Julie
This is such a silly book my kids love it!!
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