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Hooray for Fish

Author: Lucy Cousins

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ISBN: 9780763639181

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2008-2009; 2016-2017

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes, Animals

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Paddle along with Little Fish on a mesmerizing tour of friends spotty and stripy, happy and gripy, hairy and scary, even curly-whirly and twisty-twirly. From the creator of Maisy comes an undersea riot of color and rhyme -- an eye-popping read-aloud sure to have little ones joining the chorus: Hooray for fish!


Age Group 15 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Showing you how much they love reading by carrying books around and handing books to you to read
  • Answering questions by pointing with one finger, like when you ask, “Where is the squirrel?”
  • Recognizing when a book is upside down
  • Beginning to show empathy, like looking sad when viewing a picture of another child crying

Your toddler is able to communicate a great deal with a small but growing vocabulary! Their ability to point at objects to gain your attention is a huge milestone that tells you they’re aware that you have a perspective that’s different from their own. This is called “shared attention” and it’s an important part of communicating and caring for others. Books about friends and family are very interesting to your toddler and talking together about what you’re reading will increase your child’s learning.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 15-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

The author/illustrator of 'Hooray for Fish' has appeared in the Raising Readers collection before. Lucy Cousins is also the author/illustrator of the Maisy books. We love her bold, bright illustrations. Here she has managed to bring color identification, counting, opposites and more into her underwater parade of fish. The language in the book is also wonderful. Who would not like reading the words, "Curly whirly, twisty twirly"?


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Related Activities

On pieces of paper, make fish shapes with a black crayon or marker. Don’t worry about them being perfect, the illustrator of Hooray for Fish makes her fish in many different and silly ways. Have your young reader color the fish. They do not have to stay in the lines or even use different colors. Anything will work. When they are done, cut the fish out around your black outline. Punch a hole in the top of the fish and tie a string to it. Tape the string to the edge of your kitchen table. Do this with a few fish. Your child can then sit of the kitchen floor and make the fish swim back and forth and make the fish interact with one another.


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