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Summary: The little black fish lives in a cool mountain stream with her family and friends. She is a curious and determined young fish who appreciates her good fortune but who feels a need to find the sea. This story recounts the challenges, adventures, dangers, and beauty that she experienced on her journey. This is a story that kids of varying ages can enjoy.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 12
Age of Child: Read by students at Northumberland Elementary School, Newport News, VA for the Reading Tub's Use Your ABCs program. Read by children ages 9 and 10.
Young Reader Reaction: The book didn't seem like it had an end, but the kids liked it. They wanted to know what happened to the little black fish and commented that you should listen to your parents.
Adult Reader Reaction: In the true tradition of fairy tales and fables, this story has several levels of meaning which older readers will find thought provoking.
Pros: This is a delightful fable that children will find enjoyable.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book could be part of the classroom and/or school library. It has value as a simple story, a piece of Persian literature, and provides material for teachers and librarians to discuss simple but real life situations with students.
Educational Themes: The Little Black Fish is growing up and dealing with issues of independence, authority, self-understanding, self-image, and self-esteem. The book, particularly the fable format, provides plenty of material for helping children deal positively with issues of adolescence.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, cultures and tradition, life lessons, middle grade