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 Pout-pout fish goes to school (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure)
 Author: Diesen, Deborah

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2014)

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

 BTSB No: 278198 ISBN: 9780374360955
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 First day of school -- Fiction
 School stories
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 Fishes -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Mr. Fish recalls how, on his very first day of school, he anxiously went to one classroom after another watching students do things he could not, until Miss Hewitt showed him to the room that was right for beginners.

 Illustrator: Hanna, Dan

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 167356
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 72409

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 (06/01/14)
   School Library Journal (07/01/14)
   Booklist (04/15/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2014 In this companion to The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (2010), Mr. Fish recalls his first day of school. Since he doesn’t know where to go, he peers into several classrooms where students are writing, doing math, and drawing shapes. Pout-Pout becomes frustrated because he can’t do the work and vows to “forget it.” Finally, he meets his teacher (Miss Hewitt of the lovely green eyes and long, flowing blond tentacles), who kindly escorts him to her classroom for brand-new fish, where all kinder-guppies succeed. Fans of this series will appreciate Diesen’s rhythmic—and ultimately reassuring—text, and Hanna’s sunny illustrations contain many clever details (an octopus operates a “clam cam,” and the art wing sports a poster of “Leonardo da Pinchy,” an artistic crab). This should comfort school-phobic preschoolers and slightly older children who can remember their own anxieties. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Diesen and Hanna are reeling in a big one here. With 1.8 million Pout-Pout books already in print, this might just push it over the big 2. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2014 PreS-K—Pout-Pout Fish is back, this time recalling when he left for school "for the first time of all." As he floats down the corridor looking into each classroom, however, he discovers students doing things that, try as he might, he just can't accomplish. With failures at writing, drawing shapes, and long division, the discouraged fish counts off his troubles: "I'm not smart! I'll never get it! I don't belong! So forget it!" Enter Miss Hewitt, his understanding teacher, who assures Fish that "You don't have to know things/You haven't learned yet!" "I'm here to help you learn," she continues. "With practice, you will get it." The humorous cartoon illustrations depict a variety of sea creatures at their schoolwork and large views of Fish earnestly trying various tasks and giving up in "flub-flub exasperation," tongue lolling out of his mouth or hiding under his writing pad. Each time he recites his troubles, he appears hanging onto letters, shapes, or numbers. Youngsters will enjoy repeating the bouncy rhymed text. And when they are faced with a new challenge or when things seem too difficult, they can repeat the mantra "We are smart! We can get it! We belong! We won't forget it!" A confidence-boosting offering.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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