Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Fabulous Fishes

Fabulous Fishes

Susan Stockdale
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Peachtree Publishers, 2008   ISBN: 978-1561454297

Fish come in all shapes and sizes, and they live in many different kinds of ecosystems. Some are brightly colored like the clownfish, while others find ways to stay hidden so that don’t end becoming someone’s next meal, like the giant kelpfish. This fish can actually change color so that its looks like a piece of kelp. The porcupine fish has a different strategy to protect itself. When it feels threatened, this strange fish blows itself up into a round prickly balloon.

Some fish live in deep dark waters, while others choose to make their home in shallower waters. The garden eel makes burrows in the sand, while the flounder lies on the ocean floor hiding from predators, and also waiting for a meal to swim by.

In this beautiful book Susan Stockdale combines gorgeously colored acrylic paintings with a simple rhyming text to show young readers that the world’s oceans are full of fascinating and diverse fish species. At the back of the book, she provides readers with further information about the twenty-one fish species that are mentioned in the book.