The Little Red Fish

by Taeeun Yoo

Black etchings with cream coloration visually invite readers into a library in the... read more

Black etchings with cream coloration visually invite readers into a library in the woods, where a boy is spending the day with his grandfather. Beige tones lend a feeling of olden times as the young boy explores the shelves of ancient books. While his grandfather works, Jeje wanders the library with his red fish in a fishbowl under his arm. Reading stacks of wondrous books, Jeje eventually falls asleep on the floor. Waking up, he discovers his red fish missing. A magical sequence follows as the red fish begins swimming in and out of the sea of library books. Like an M. C. Escher painting brought to life, Jeje moves in and out of book illustrations as he tries to catch his pet. Landing back in the library after swimming through the ocean and flying through the sky, Jeje finds his little red fish and places it back in the bowl in a cozy and imaginative visual read. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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