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A Fish Out of Water

Last updated Monday, January 4, 2016

Author: Helen Palmer
Illustrator: PD Eastman
Date of Publication: 1961
ISBN: 0394800230
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2016

Synopsis: "Comic pictures show how the fish rapidly outgrows its bowl, a vase, a cook pot, a bathtub."\ --The New York Times.

Note to readers:
•  The book is long for a beginning book but you should have no problem finishing in the time.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What happens to a fish out of water?
•  Do you have a fish at home? Any pet?
•  What responsibilities would you have if you had a pet?


•  cellar - a room below ground level in a house; a basement

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How much did Mr. Carp say to feed the fish?
•  What do you think will happen if the fish is fed too much?
•  What happens to us if we are fed too much?
•  Why is it important to listen to the adult about how to care for your pet?

Craft ideas:
•  Use a paper plate to make a fish bowl & draw a little or big fish inside the bowl. Color the fish orange or any colors you wish.
•  Check out our craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/january-2016-crafts

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!