A Fish Out of Water

A Fish Out of Water


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A classic, comic easy reader about getting a pet!

In this beloved Beginner Book written by Mrs. Dr. Seuss (aka Helen Palmer), a young boy hilariously learns the consequences of not following instructions when he feeds too much to his goldfish—causing it to grow as big as a whale! With delightfully retro illustrations by P.D. Eastman (Go, Dog. Go!),
the message of the book—that getting a pet is a big responsibility—is as true today as it was when the book was published in 1961. Perfect for beginning readers and read-alouds—and anyone getting a pet, especially a fish—it's ideal for birthdays, holidays, and happy occasions of all kinds!
Launched in 1957 with The Cat in the Hat and written specifically for emergent readers, Beginner Books combine an exacting blend of simple words and fun pictures that encourage children to read—all by themselves.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800233
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1961
Series: I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 39,907
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile: 310L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

HELEN PALMER was a children's book author and editor who—along with her husband, Theordor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)—founded Beginner Books, a division of Random House that specialized in books aimed at Beginning Readers, like The Cat in the Hat.

P. D. EASTMAN, a self-described "writer-visualizer," wrote and illustrated many popular children's books, among them Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog. Go!

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Fish Out of Water 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, written for every child who did not heed the warning, "When you feed a fish, never feed him a lot. So much and no more! Never more than a spot, or something may happen! You never know what," is a sentimental favorite of mine.
orthros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would happen if you (naughtily) overfed your li'l ol' goldfish? Helen Palmer shows us, using P.D. Eastman's fantastic drawings. This was a favorite of mine as a child, and the moral lesson (obey adults!) is timeless and non-preachy. Great stuff.
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Mom2sassypants More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I was little. When I saw it was still in print I had to buy it for my kids. They adore this. It is one that you will read over and over. My three-year-old daughter loves the voices we do with this. A funny one for Mr. Carp, the police man, the fire chief and one for the little boy narrating the story. Early readers enjoy the repetition and pace, so it is a great for reading skills. This is a great cautionary tale of what can happen when you don't follow a grown-ups instructions, but mostly - this is just a plain fun book. I am so glad to see that many of my beloved books are still in print. Hooray for P.D. Eastman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to a pre-school class. They were so absorbed, some of them almost forgot to breathe! And later, when I asked my wife who was there with me, how well I'd done, she told me that she had been so anxious to see how the story ended.
LLaStrange More than 1 year ago
A classic read out loud cautionary tale. This goes on the shelf with Cat In The Hat and Go Dog Go. I loved it, my kids loved it and this copy goes to the first grandchild.
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DallasCajunMan More than 1 year ago
A must have. I had the Dr. Suess beginners series as a child in the early 70's. I had such fond memories of these books I bought a bunch for my daughter. She is only two, but we love to read these at night. She asks for the books and refers to this one as "Otto". "Please read Otto, Dad". Even though she cannot read yet she will love these books later. These are books she will be able to give to her kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing bad to say about this book. Always a good read with the kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book when I was a kid. I remember checking it out numerous times and reading it over and over. I recently had my kids read it and they love it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My granddaughters love Fish out of Water. I have been reading it to my five year old twins since they were two years old. They are now five and still ask me to read Otto. Now my two year old granddaughter wants me to read it to her over and over again. When reading repetative sentences, the girls love to repeat them outloud over and over again. The book can also be read as an interactive book. Children can use their hands to show what happened to Otto. I think this book should be part of every child's library from 2 to 6 years old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My two year old daughter loves this book. She insists I read it to her atleast thrice daily. She points to the book and says 'Otto book'. She takes it with her on all her travels. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book as a child!! Now I have the joy of watching my father read and reread it to my daughters. Otto's tale is filled with empathy and fun. It is a good story for beginner readers, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At age 37, this is still as exciting a book as it was when I was 9. I have always loved this book. The creative illustrations have the reader and listener engrossed quickly. It is a book you can read a hundred times (believe me, I have) and still love it every time. I usually tuck one in with every baby gift I give.