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The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure)

Last updated Sunday, August 27, 2017

Author: Deborah Diesen
Illustrator: Dan Hanna
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0374360952
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2017

Synopsis: Turn little pouts into big smiles!

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills.

Note to readers:
•  Do a picture walk.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What does Mr. Fish have on his back? Where is he going?
•  What things do you bring to school?
•  How do you think Mr. Fish feels about school?
•  What was your first day of school like?


•  Corridor- a passageway (as in a school) into which compartments or rooms open
•  Rhombus- a parallelogram (quadrilateral with opposite sides parallel and equal) with four equal sides and sometimes one with no right angles
•  Spectacular- something exhibited to view as unusual, notable, or entertaining
•  Fret- to cause to suffer emotional strain

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Who was Mr. Fish's teacher?
•  How did she help Mr. Fish?
•  What did Mr. Fish learn?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw and cut out a backpack and draw in your favorite things about school.
•  Draw your favorite kind of fish.
•  Check our craft ideas for September on Pinterest!

*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!