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 Do I have to go to the party? (Fish Tank Friends)
 Author: Fenske, Jonathan

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 24 x 24 cm

 BTSB No: 330858 ISBN: 9781338892444
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Puffers (Fish) -- Fiction
 Fishes -- Fiction
 Birthday parties -- Fiction
 Anxiety -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Poppy the puffer fish is invited to Baby Guppy's birthday party, but she is nervous imagining all the things that can go wrong--but at the party it is Poppy who saves the day.

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/24)
   School Library Journal (06/07/24)

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School Library Journal - 06/07/2024 PreS-Gr 2—Fenske continues his "Fish Tank Friends" series with a second book focusing on conquering social anxiety. Poppy the Puffer Fish just received a birthday party invitation from Baby Guppy. The potential for embarrassment has Poppy very anxious. When Poppy gets upset, there is so much to worry about, like any puffer fish. How to dress? Which gift is best? Poppy goes to the party but quickly notices other guests whispering. Is it about Poppy? It isn't Poppy, it's missing party supplies, and Poppy is able to solve the problem and save the party. There was no reason to be nervous after all. An easy reading level accommodates both young and reluctant readers. Working within a palette of bright pastels, Fenske shows Poppy's every emotional nuance through the puffer fish's face and body. A gentle message explains everybody gets nervous but anxiety can be overcome. As a two-time Geisel Honor recipient, Fenske is tuned in to the needs of young children, once again delivering amusement and reassurance in equal measure. VERDICT A winning series continues targeting young readers who need help processing emotions, making this an essential purchase.—Jessica A. Bushore - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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