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review 2018-09-09 22:55
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School - Deborah Diesen


Brief Review:

The pout-pout fish goes to school is about a young fish who is trying to learn where he belongs in school, and how the teacher believes in the student(s).

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

The pout-pout fish goes to school could be used to teach new students that its okay not to get things at first because you have to learn things before you know how to do things. The teacher could have the students write about a time where they felt overwhelmed and thought they just were not smart and will never get it and how they overcame their thoughts.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Guided Reading Level


Pre-K to K

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 4 because it shows students its okay to not know everything at first and it takes time to learn things first. It also gives students a sense that they belong in school and all students are smart, it just needs to be worked towards.

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text 2017-08-31 17:51
Book 50/100: The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
The Pout-Pout Fish book and CD storytime set - Deborah Diesen

This book has a nice rhythm and rhyming scheme that made it fun to read aloud, although its underlying message may be that you can self-medicate clinical depression with promiscuity.

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review 2017-04-04 22:28
The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark - Deborah Diesen,Dan Hanna,Daniel X. Hanna

This book takes you on an underwater deep sea adventure. The fish work together and understand their own strengths. It includes a lot of action verbs that are bold. Because of this I would use this book for an action verb lesson. It has a great moral and is also educational. It is leveled 670 L.

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review 2017-03-29 22:24
The Pout Pout Fish
The Pout-Pout Fish book and CD storytime set - Deborah Diesen

The Pout Pout Fish is a really cute book about a fish that thinks he has a "pouty" face because that is how he has also perceived himself. After claiming himself as a pout pout fish for so long, a new friend comes along and shows him a whole different view of himself - a much brighter, happier view.


You could use this story in a kindergarten, first or second grade classroom and have students construct a "pout pout" fish, and have a creative writing sheet that says "I am a pout pout fish when..." that they would complete. You could also do a graphic organizer that has a "kiss kiss" fish and a "pout pout" face, and under each picture would have "I feel cheery/pouty when..."

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review 2017-01-30 22:37
Outlook in the classroom
The Pout-Pout Fish book and CD storytime set - Deborah Diesen

This is one of my favorites! Currently my daughter is obsessed with this book and I love the story it tells. The Pout Pout Fish is definitely a frowny fellow, who encounters many fish in the sea whom encourage him to turn his frown upside down. He clearly finds himself as dreary and will not change until he meets a certain Kiss Kiss Fish. She plants a kiss on his pout and he finally sees that he is more than a pout pout fish. In the end, he plants a kiss on all those he pouted toward and has a change of heart. This story teaches students that it's all about perspective. You could use this book at the beginning of the year to encourage your students to have a positive attitude in the classroom. It would be ideal to have cheery faced student everyday but some days that will not happen. You could refer back to this book, and remind the class that all it takes is one compliment, smile, or nice gesture to turn a friends frown upside down. This text is leveled at a O according to Scholastic's guided reading scale. 

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