READ-4-LUCK acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers. This fun weekly feature began back in October 2010 and is still going strong.
= Not bad. Might read twice.
= Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
= Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
= Awesome! Multiple readings are never tiresome. May just have to buy it.
This week's Read-4-Luck pick is Faucet Fish by Fay Robinson.
Summary: Elizabeth loves fish, but can never get her parents' attention, even after she has filled the house with fish tanks to hold the creatures that keep coming out of her bathroom faucets. What will it take to make her parents listen?
Author: Fay Robinson
Illustrator: Wayne Anderson
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Word Count: 931
Topic/themes: hobbies, listening, problem-solving
Resources: no external ones found - see below for ideas
"Elizabeth loved fish. She spent every Saturday at the aquarium down the street, drawing her favorite ones. Everyone at the aquarium knew her. The aquarium librarian let her take out all the best books. The fish feeder let Elizabeth give snails to the octopus. The plumber even let Elizabeth help clean the fish tanks."
The pictures REALLY help this book come alive. Check out the cat! And which fish is the dragon fish? The swirling illustrations go hand in hand with the text on most pages. It's simply a feast. And the story's great too!
Bought this book from the bargain racks a couple years ago. I read it aloud to a group of adults, including a librarian. They all LOVED it (or was it my adorable read-aloud they loved?)! My eight-year-old whined last night when he couldn't see the pictures, so I had to move so he could see. Ain't I jest so sweet? At 900+ words, seems like it would be long, but reads fast.
A great fun book that could introduce hobbies and/or problem solving. Excellent choice for a mentor text for telling story. The story is circular and every part important. Could have students do the writing prompt below.
Writing prompt: Tell a story from the CAT's point of view. OR write about a hobby you have or would like to begin.
What's YOUR favorite hobby? (Sorry, can't say writing, teaching, or parenting...) Mine's running.
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