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 Pout-pout fish (Pout-pout fish)
 Author: Diesen, Deborah

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2008)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 x 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 278195 ISBN: 9780374360962
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Fishes -- Fiction
 Marine animals -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Attitude (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Stories in rhyme

Price: $21.46

The pout-pout fish thinks he only knows how to frown, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.

 Illustrator: Hanna, Dan

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 121541
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 45707

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/08)
   School Library Journal (00/04/08)

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School Library Journal - 04/01/2008 PreS-Gr 1-A rhythmic, rhyming text introduces a fish with a mouth that turns down at the corners and a correspondingly gloomy attitude. One by one, his ocean-dwelling friends try to cheer him up, but he resists their efforts with a pessimistic, yet snappy refrain: "I'm a pout-pout fish/With a pout-pout face,/So I spread the dreary-wearies/All over the place." Finally, a mysterious female fish approaches and silently plants a kiss "upon his pout." He is instantly struck by the epiphany that he is actually a "kiss-kiss fish/With a kiss-kiss face/For spreading cheery-cheeries/All over the place!" and demonstrates his newfound outlook by smooching his friends. Though the bouncy rhythm is appealing, many of the rhymes are forced, and the poetry doesn't always scan. On the positive side, the cartoon illustrations of undersea life are bright and clean and the protagonist's exaggerated expressions are entertaining. The layout is attractive, and the three-panel sequences showing the fish moping around during the refrain are especially well done.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, MD Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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