This children’s picture book features a little fish who wants to know how to fly. The octopus and the old grumpy grouper both make fun of his dreams but his mother says, “Fish can do anything, you’d be surprised. If you put your mind to it, and believe that it’s true, I think you can fly over the big ocean blue.” So even though the other fish laugh at him, he quickly and without any difficulty, learns to fly even as high as the clouds. In the end he teaches all the other fish to fly as well.
After this story is finished, the book features some facts about flying fish, octopus, grouper fish and the blue whale. There is also a link to a fun and educational website.
I liked The Fish Who Could Fly. It was readable and sweet. I felt the fish learned to fly too easily. He tried and he immediately succeeded phenomenally. I think the message would have been strengthened if the fish had to work harder for his success. But, the book succeeds in spite of this.
If you have been reading my blog, you know my feelings on rhyming books. They have to be flawless or they pull you out of the story. When I first read it, I thought the rhyming in this book was inconsistent. But when I read it aloud, I found the rhythm.
The illustrations were wonderful, bright, clear, cute and cheerful. Children will love this book especially those with an interest in ocean creatures or flight.
The author, Leonard W. Lambert, was interviewed on this blog October 5, 2016.
A copy of this book was generously donated by the author to my Little Free Library.