Project Description

Fabulous Fishes
Teacher’s Guide

Fabulous Fishes

by Susan Stockdale

With a simple, rhyming text and brightly colored, richly textured illustrations, author-illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to different kinds of fish and the underwater world they call home.

Shiny fish, spiny fish,
fish that hitch a ride.
Flatfish, catfish,
fish that ride the tide.

From the spiky lionfish and the brightly colored clownfish to lanternfishes and hatchetfishes that flash lights so they can find each other in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, children will be fascinated by the breadth of sea life depicted. An afterword offers fascinating facts and a closer look at each fish.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-429-7
Total Pages: 32
Size: 10 3/8 x 9 3/8
Language: English
Board Book: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-637-6
Total Pages: 22
Size: 5 7/8 x 6 1/2
Language: English
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: J
F&P Grade: 1


“Youngsters will tap their toes to the rhythm as they are simultaneously presented with a great variety of fish and tickled by the unexpected aspects and behavioral characteristics of each type…Bold, graphic illustrations rendered in colorful acrylic portray each fish realistically…An excellent teaching tool and an appealing introduction to the wide world of fish.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent first fish book.” ―The Virginian-Pilot

“Share this book with little ones before a trip to the aquarium, and have fun finding some of the shiny, spiny, and spotted fish mentioned.” ―The Washington Parent

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“Every turn of the page reveals vivid paintings of exotic as well as common underwater creatures to delight all ages. If the paintings are the feast, Stockdale’s words are the dessert. And she selects them carefully.” ―The Washington Post

“An exciting way to prepare kids for a visit to the aquarium.” ―Booklist

“Stockdale uses simple rhymes and clear, colorful acrylic artwork to introduce the fascinating underwater world of fishes.” ―School Library Journal

“”…a marvelous meld of pure enjoyment and intriguing facts.”” ―Young Adult (Kids) Book Central

“Families will enjoy the journey they take in ‘Fabulous Fishes.’” ―The Sunday Eagle

“…information is provided with grace and cleverness.” ―Book Review Digest

“…beautifully illustrated…Bold, colorful, fabulous fish…” ―Science and Children

“Whether your kid will be seeing fish while snorkeling, or swimming like a fish herself in the hotel pool, she’ll be entranced by the beautiful illustrations and fun fishy facts in this picture book of fish.” ―Parents Connect online

“…In this beautiful book Susan Stockdale combines gorgeously colored acrylic paintings with a simple rhyming text to show young readers that the world’s oceans are full of fascinating and diverse fish species…” ―Through the Looking Glass

“This nonfiction picture book features beautifully layered color illustrations of nearly 30 fishes… The rhyming phrases are the glue that holds the anatomically, vibrantly true to life illustrations together.” ―The Seattle Times (Kirkland Views)

“What a wonderful, colorful fun book perfect for read aloud. Fabulous Fishes is sure to delight all ages. While the board book doesn’t offer the fish facts and closer look this book is still a great addition to your bookshelf. This one is great for beginning readers and teaching rhyme.” ―Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams blog

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The Original Art ―Society of Illustrators 2008

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA/CBC 2009

A Baker’s Dozen ―Pennsylvania Center for the Book 2009

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Cybils (shortlist, non-fiction picture books) ―Cybils 2008

Best Read Aloud Book Award (finalist) ―ReadBoston

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Susan Stockdale has written and illustrated a number of children’s picture books, including Stripes of All Types,Bring On the Birds, Fabulous Fishes, and Carry Me. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, and the National Science Teachers Association. Stockdale lives in Maryland and speaks frequently at schools and conferences. You can visit her website here.