Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins
A beautifully bright and cheery book, fantastic for teaching children about colours, descriptors, and rhyme.
I have a soft spot for books that end with cuddles between mummy and baby (eg Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you see? and Hello Baby!) – this book is just that with the addition of a fun rhyme and engaging illustrations.
“Little fish has lots of fishy friends. Stripy fish. Spotty fish. Happy fish. Grumpy fish. So many friends, so many fish, splosh, splash, splish!”
This book is appropriate for babies for the engaging graphics and simple language, but also appropriate for teaching rhyme and furthering language skills for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
What I love about this book
What I love most about this book is the illustrations. They are quite simple – but this is what makes them so effective. It looks as though they were done with a big, thick paint brush and with the kind of paint that you would find at any school/kinder. The bright, bold colours are wonderfully engaging, particularly for youngsters. They give the book an uplifting and whimsical tone.
As the perfect accompaniment to the illustrations, the language used in the story is simple, direct and rhyming. This combination makes the story extremely engaging for a wider age group – your preschooler can enjoy this book as much as a toddler, or baby.
The book works on various levels teaching rhyme, as well as interesting ways to describe the different fish.
This book is a lot of fun and offers many good teaching points. It also conveys the message of beauty in diversity. What makes the book particularly clever is that it is a seemingly simple book, but does a whole lot of teaching!
Storytime Activities and Tips
- Run your finger over each word as you read them.
- Read the book slowly, the rhyme will still allow a slower pace. Take the time with each word to help with letter and word recognition.
- Point at each of the relevant fish and to what the describing word refers. For example, “Grumpy fish…Oh, look at the frown on that fish’s face!”, “fin-fin fish…look at all the fins on that fish!”
- Create some suspense at the end with “But where’s the one I love the best, even more than all the rest?” and give your little one a big hug and kiss when you get to the last page.