One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Review
Written by: Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by: Dr. Seuss
Age Range: 2 and up
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Dr. Seuss delivers a real classic here. Written in the 1960’s, this rhyming tale involves a boy and a girl named Jay and Kay. They go on an adventure where they see fascinating creatures doing all kinds of interesting things.
For instance, one creature they find is a Ying who can sing anything.
The pair eventually end up at home falling to sleep with their pet Zeep. They’re excited for tomorrow, as every day is a new day with funny things happening everywhere.
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What Worked For Me
The book reinforces basic emotions clearly demonstrating what those emotions look like. This is important for kids to see as they deepen their understanding of emotional intelligence.
There’s a spot early in the story where the text asks the child “Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know. Go ask your dad.” This broke the fourth wall in a way, and I really liked that. If a book creates conversation with your child, it’s a win.
The book is great for early readers. It rhymes a lot and, as my 4 year old loves to point out, uses a lot of sight words that young readers can understand. When my 4 year old can identify some of the words on the page, she lights up.
This is the kind of book that can inspire confidence in kids and get them excited about reading. I could see this is one of the first books your child reads on their own, meaning this story might hold a special place in their hearts.
Each page is limited to just two or three colors and white space with black outlines. When you turn the page, those colors really pop. It makes turning the pages interesting and visually appealing.
What Didn't Work For Me
The book is 15 pages too long for me. After a while the story starts to get stale. For the most part, the meandering story is fun because you don’t know what to expect next. When the story keeps on going without a strong plot to keep you invested, the book gets a little tired.
Here’s the metric I use: When you’re a parent and your child asks to read this book 3 or more nights in a row, how likely are you to want to jump head first through a wall?
I found that I didn’t want to re-read this book. It’s a fun, vibrant book, but it’s also long. I found that my kids were less interested in this book after a few re-reads than some others. My kids like this book, but it’s not one of their go-to favorites. I agree with them.
The book is colorful and weird. I really like it! The story meanders (in a good way) and teaches a lot along the way. It has moments of humor and is very creative. As your young children are learning to read, this book could end up being one they remember fondly for the rest of their lives.
Give it a read and let me know what your kids think of it!
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