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The Fool and the Fish: A Tale from Russia

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Hardcover, 25 pages
Published September 4th 1990 by Dial Books
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Natalie Hendry
This story is about three brothers. Two of the brothers were very clever and hardworking, while the third was very lazy. One day the two brothers went to the market and asked the lazy brother to help their wives. The wives told him to get some water and when he did this he caught a fish. The fish was supposed to be magical and give him every wish he asked. He took the fish and kept making wishes, for example to get and chop down wood the fool makes the wish and just like that the wood is chopped...more
Tara Kollman
This story is about three brothers. Two of the brothers were very clever and hardworking, while the third was very lazy. One day the two brothers went to the market and asked the lazy brother to help their wives. The wives told him to get some water and when he did this he caught a fish. The fish was supposed to be magical and give him every wish he asked. He took the fish and kept making wishes, for example to get and chop down wood the fool makes the wish and just like that the wood is chopped...more
Holly
I enjoyed the pace and flow of the story and its catchy rhythm and repetitive phrase (“fish, fish, grant my wish”) is attractive to children of all ages. Elegant, detailed, and elaborate illustrations compliment the story. The characters’ clothing and the scenery of Russia is captivating and informative. The only aspect I didn’t like was that even though the boy did not use his wishes for vain purposes (power/money), he is never made to work for what he wants, and hard work is not given any valu...more
Katelyn Chase
I thought the story was alright. There was a lazy fool who refused to do any work for himself, yet he still received everything he wished simply he caught a magic fish and let it go. I didn't think the book had a very strong message and seemed lazy itself.
Amanda
Great illustrations and a fun fool tale. I like the refrain, Fish, Fish, grant my wish!
Miko O.
What a terrible lesson! The guy gets everything he wants by being a lazy asshole.
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See also: Александр Афанасьев

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