Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Fabulous Fishes

by Susan Stockdale

Dive into an underwater world with amazing fish and their habitats on every page!

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.

With a simple, rhyming text and richly textured illustrations, author-illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to different kinds of fish and the underwater world they call home. An afterword offers fascinating facts and a closer look at each fish.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-429-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2008
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8 ̎ x 9-3/8 ̎
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-099-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8 ̎ x 9-3/8 ̎
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Board Book
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-637-6
Publication Date: 3/1/2012
Page Count: 22
Size: 5-7/8 ̎ x 6-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
F&P: J, Gr 1, Genre I
Themes: Fish Behavior, Fish Habitats, Fish Species
BISAC 1: JNF003090 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Fishes
BISAC 2: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology
BISAC 3: JNF042000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / General


“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 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

“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

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

“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

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

”A marvelous meld of pure enjoyment and intriguing facts.” ―YA and Kids Books Central

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association/Children’s Book Council, 2009

The Original Art ―Society of Illustrators, 2008

Best Read Aloud Book Award (Finalist) ―ReadBoston

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

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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.