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The Pout-Pout Fish    by Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna order for
Pout-Pout Fish
by Deborah Diesen
Order:  USA  Can
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This is a basic preschool-level rhyming book about how to turn a pout into a smile. In the deep sea, there is a pouty little fish. He is, of course, known as the pout-pout fish. Every sea animal tries to turn his mood around, but the fish only has this to say (over and over):

'I'm a pout-pout fish
With a pout-pout face,
So I spread the dreary-wearies
All over the place.'


It's not until a shimmery fish plants a cold, wet one on the pout-pout fish's face that he realizes that he is not destined for depression after all. Suddenly, he is a kiss-kiss fish who now spreads cheery-cheeries all over the place.

Kids will enjoy the pictures of the gloomy fish and his story that - when read with just the right tone - has the potential to be a fun read aloud. The Pout-Pout Fish has a nice message about the power of reaching out to make someone happy with a simple gesture.

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