A Fish Out of Water Hardcover – Aug 12 1961
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Illus. in color. "Comic pictures show how the fish rapidly outgrows its bowl, a vase, a cook pot, a bathtub."--"The New York Times.
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Helen Palmer conducts extended workshops, seminars, and training sessions on the Enneagram in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. She is the author of "The Enneagram in Love and Work"
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The story in "A Fish out of Water" is quite simple. A young boy, not unlike myself except that he has long hair (relatively speaking in my case at that age), goes to the fish store and pick out a goldfish to purchase. The boy decides to call the fish Otto and is told by Mr. Carp the correct way to feed him: "When you feed a fish, never feed him a lot. So much and no more! Never more than a spot, or something may happen! You never know what!"
Of course the young boy does give Otto more than "so much" and he learns what happens when you feed a fish too much. One of the scientific principles here is that too much of good things can be very bad, especially is the good thing there is too much of is food for a fish. The other scientific principle is that goldfish tend to grow in size in proportion to the container in which they are contained.Read more ›
Jonah and the Whale, of which I need say nothing.
Moby Dick, which, I doubt I will ever read (Seriously, have you?), but its reputation is immense.
The Old Man and the Sea, which is one of two Hemingway novels I could manage to finish and I would call a great book.
Jaws, which I read and enjoyed, but, would not call great.
A Fish Out of Water, which was published when I was two, in 1961, and I read with my mother when it was still pretty new. I remember the whole story to this day and still get a warm feeling thinking about it. Doesn't that tell you what you need to know? Buy it for your kid.
Bonus list - other great beginner's books in this old guy's memory: Any Dr. Seuss book, Go Dog Go, Are you My Mother, Harry the Dirty Dog, Put Me in the Zoo, Curious George and Harold and His Purple Crayon. Of course, for real beginners, Goodnight Moon.
For awhile it WAS the bedtime book.....now we have gone on to other things but she never turns down this book if I ask her if she wants to read it....Mista KAR-p as she says in her NY accent.......
The downside of it being a bedtime book? It you want a SHORT story, this one is kinda long ....especially if you have a toddler you screams "AGAIN! AGAIN!" before you are even on the last page......: )
This is a delightfull tale of a little boy who feeds his fish too much, and the extremly silly, or dire(depending on your age how you see it) consequences. In the end, the pet store owner comes to the rescue after the police and firemen have done thier part to try to help get the fish more comfortable. A good lesson about listening to, and following instructions, and asking for help when you need it is within the story.
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A very good story. I have always loved this book. I would recommend it. ☺☺Published 11 months ago by Melissa
I remember having this read to me as a young child, And now I read it to my son. He is just learning to read and will take it into his room to "read" by himself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rayne Heather
Loved the book as a child and bought it to relive childhood and it was perfect. Took a little while to get here but still happy.Published 18 months ago by Archieanna Gateman