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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Blue Back Book (Beginner Books B-13)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  115,903 Ratings  ·  1,787 Reviews
From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. In this hilarious exploration of simple concepts such as colours, numbers and opposites, Dr. Seuss presents a crazy world of boxing Goxes and winking Yinks that drink pink ink!

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children a
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published 1960)
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(This review is in response to a request as to why I have only given One Fish, Two Fish... three stars)

Firmly ensconced in the middle tier of the Dr Seuss canon, One Fish, Two Fish... is many people's favorite for its light humor, catchy, Moliere-esque couplets, and clever use of repetition as well as surprise, as in the title, where the rhyming word comes at the beginning of a repeated syllable, rather than at the end of the phrase.

It earns its place as one of the most quotable (possibly only
Mar 12, 2008 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is the first book I ever read out loud to my mom by myself. Because of this, it will always have a special place in my heart. We had just moved to Illinois. I was 4 1/2. I kept asking my mom to read to me, but she was busy unpacking boxes. She said, "Sound out the words, just like I showed you, and you can do it yourself."
So in my determined little way I said, "Fine." Later that afternoon, I read it to her. She was shocked. She kept grabbing books off the shelf to test me, thinking I'd memo
Jason Koivu
Dec 06, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheer poetry!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a pure genius work of epic poetry. The beginning of the tale focuses guessed Pages and pages of fish with various characteristics (mostly harmless) are paraded before the reader in flashes of color and humor. But then (and this is where Dr. Seuss lost a star rating from me) the story veers off and begins introducing a random cast of beings more strange than an assortment of beasties rejected from a circus of the bizarre
Aug 15, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
3.0 stars. Another clever, original Children's story by the legendary Dr. Seuss. Not his best, but still great to read with the kids.
When I reach for a Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is never the book I reach for. If I need something quick because the kids are late for bed, I grab The Sneetches and pick a tale. If there's more time, but I'm still in a hurry, Green Eggs and Ham is the perfect choice. When two year old Scoutie wants a book, I grab the easiest Seuss of them all, Hop on Pop (just as I did when the twins were babes). If I want to have some fun for myself, I grab the tongue twisterrific Fox in Sock ...more
Sarah Sammis
One of the joys of being a parent is sharing old favorites with my children. Harriet and Sean are now discovering Dr. Seuss. We are reading through all of his books and have landed on my all time favorite: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. From the time I was Harriet's age to being in second or third grade, I read this book on an almost daily basis. I really don't know how many times I've read it (either listening to it being read by one of my parents or reading it myself).

One Fish, Two
jenna nims
i know everyone will probably hate me for not liking this but it is a pain to read to your child - a bunch of nonsense words rhyming does not always entertain - and in this case neither me or caroline were entertained.
Feb 14, 2009 Abi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ya gotta love dr. seuss
Ally (The Scribbling Sprite)
I rapped this book in front of a LOT of people last year. The "nook cook book" was a challenge, but I pulled it off quite nicely, I think.
Aug 20, 2015 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: olivers-reads
A childhood favorite that is still as wondrous to me as an adult. I love reading it to my little son!
Shannon The Show Stopper
This is one of my favorites!
This book was entertaining in the sense of the never ending rhyming and the tongue twister. I read this like in a minute because I was trying to read as fast as possible without getting tongue tied and i actually accomplished it. It essentially has no plot it is a story about all the different types of fishes and other creatures in the story. I caught myself laughing at the funny names and the different ways Dr. Seuss uses with the same words over and over again. I absolutely loved it and believ ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any fans of Dr Seuss.
Okay, I'm not ashamed to admit it- I stole this from my cousin. She didn't miss it as it was sneakily done. I had heard some raving reviews about this book from 'ole Goodreads and although as a child myself I was never a fan I thought I would give it a go. So, when I discovered the book and film The Grinch which is one of my favourites, and saw this book innocently laying on the table I thought that this was an opportunity to great to miss.

I read this book and although I enjoyed it very much it
Feb 09, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2016
The rhyming and tongue twisters are a great way to introduce young readers to the way that words can be used. The illustrations of weird and wonderful creatures are whimsical and a great way for children to use their imagination. Being presented with creatures that are not real can sometimes be a challenge for younger readers, but I believe that this can a great way to start conversations with children about the characters. Finding out what they think these creatures might be, what they do, how ...more
Aug 20, 2007 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't like Dr. Seuess? Even my 18-month-old picks this book over her previous favorites, wanting to read this book cover-to-cover (an amazing feat for an 18-month-old to sit still that long) at least twice in a row.
Keeley Mali
Jun 06, 2008 Keeley Mali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
MY Favorite Dr. Suess book. I actually have the entire book memorized, my girls get a kick out of me reciting it! One of my many useless talents thank you! :)
Hannah Paster
"One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" is (behind the magic of "Cat In The Hat" of course) one of Dr. Seuss' wildly most known, popular, and recognizable narratives; the title alone, comma-less and within rhyme scheme, screams Seuss-goof and as the reader cracks open the pages to read further, immediately he or she is send on a wonder-coaster under the sea. The entire tale does not revolve around solely a red fish, blue fish, one fish, or two fish to the readers surprise but (like Seuss books as ...more
Hannah Grippo
Jul 28, 2011 Hannah Grippo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favoirte of Seuss. It's of no plot, so there's the wonderland quality of just what's gonna happen next. Even after many reads, I really enjoy it because of the stream of thoughts, following no order, of interesting and DIVERSE (which he stresses) things of what you see throughout the day. There's the child's perception of "funny things" that is frank and genuine. Like wishing you had 11 fingers, or why do peole who can't read look at books, or imagining the fun in work (milking a cow, opening ...more
When I was in 1st grade I read this entire book to the class. My teacher, Mrs Barley - gave me a mini trophy with a google eye sticker saying "Good Job." This award was not for reading the book, but the fact that I read the whole thing holding it in front of me - essentially reading it upside down. Even Mrs Barley had to hold books at an angle to read to the class and show the pictures. Yes, this is one of my shining childhood moments that I am most proud of. I can read upside down. I was thrill ...more
This book is a wonderful story time book! It has colors, counting, rhyming, and letter repetition. The illustrations are wonderfully entertaining(as usual) and colorful. While the story itself is full of laughs that keep children on the edge of their seats. The only reason that I give this book a four-star is because of its length. Getting young children to sit still for this entire book would definitely be challenging for children in a group. Although it was my sons favorite bed-time story when ...more
Hulaimat Iyabo
Oct 10, 2012 Hulaimat Iyabo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a fantastic book of poetry by Dr. Seuss. It has no real plot but is packed full of imaginative, silly and funny creatures doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things. It is a great book to introduce children to different poetry styles, with features such as alliteration, rhythm and rhyme, repetition and many tongue twisters.
It is also great for teaching children counting, colours and opposite words, these can be found in lines such as;
“Some are old.
Chantia Singleton
Dr. Seuss books are always whimsical and witty. I like using this particular one for the week in the school year that we celebrate Dr. Seuss. We cut out fish bowls and fish and order them in the fish bowls according to the book title. We normally make large Dr. Seuss hats and read all of our favorites from his seemingly endless collection of children's books.
Kiera Turner
Jul 10, 2014 Kiera Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dr-seuss
Dr. Seuss was a genius! His books are absolutely awesome and are the best teachers when it comes to rhyming and phonemic awareness! I remember my mom reading me all of the Dr. Seuss books when I was younger! Now I share all my Dr. Seuss books with my children in the classroom!
Apr 19, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-books
Often requested at bedtime. Sometimes I wonder if it's because it's so long. Occasionally when I'm trying to hurry up bedtime, I skip several of the sections in the back with no negative effect. All the "poems" are one or 2 pages, except the beginning one about fish, so this is easily accomplished (at least for an unsuspecting 2 y/o). This isn't as fun to read as Green eggs and ham and not what I had remembered from childhood, but he likes it, which I can't argue with.
Oct 30, 2014 ZAKARIA ZASOBA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” to my two-and-a-half year old sister, Hailee. Hailee had just recently learned how to speak very small , simple sentences and my family has found that reading to her or playing music around the house really helps her pick up some words she hadn't known before. Her favorite animals are puppies, and every time i turned to the page with a dog on it, she’d giggle and say “Puppies!” I also pointed to many colors that the fish and the backgrounds were, ...more
Aug 15, 2007 Vanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidsbooks
My son did not really get into this book until he was about 13 months old, but now we read it at least twice a day, if not more. It's great because you can open it on any page and start reading there. There is no need to start at the beginning. We're goin to get a new one soon, since the soft pages do not respond well to rough toddler handling. So, "if you like to go Bump! Bump!, get on the hump of the wump of Gump!"(one of our favorites)
Alex Lederer
Jan 07, 2016 Alex Lederer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: I read this book to my little sister. After we talked about the parts that she liked about the book, this was our review of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. My younger sister happened to like book because of the rhyming and the pictures. However, the book made her tired, and she didn't like that. So Bekah thought that it was a 4/5.

Plot Summary: The book itself is a book of short rhyming poems that tell a story of the fish that two siblings see, along with the other cra
Mar 17, 2014 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No thesis, argument, or complicated plot. Two children encounter a variety of gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals, each one involved in a nonsensical existence. Much like "A Clockwork Orange" in language development, Seuss has used the simple grammar to his advantage to obtain a rhythmic story of human encounters with the aquatic world.
Feb 02, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellany
Ned's situation thoroughly delivers the schadenfreude. We're left hanging, however, with Clark's lack of development. I'm curious to learn what became of this character. How much did you grow, Clark, and why were you in that dark park? Perhaps a sequel is in order, not simply for plot twist closure; I very much look forward to counting beyond two.
Author/Illustrator: Dr Suess
First Published: 1960

This is simply an easy read with a known vocabulary, colours and short tales. Easily digested cameo pieces that appeal to the very young and he parent rushing through the bedtime read.

Read aloud: 3+
Read yourself: 5+

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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