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One Smart Fish [Hardcover]

Christopher Wormell
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7 Jan 2010

Long ago in the deep ocean, there lived... one smart fish! He wasn't the biggest and he wasn't the boldest, but he was the cleverest. What this smart fish wanted more than anything else was to walk upon the land.

But everyone knows that fish can't walk... can they?

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224083546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224083546
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 26.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wormell's watery watercolour world teams with weird and wonderful fish of all shapes, sizes and colours (Books for Keeps 2010-03-01)

Chris Wormell's watery water-colours of dazzling tropical fish, with their rainbow-coloured spots and stripes, will surely captivate enquiring minds, eager to glimpse lifew under the ocean. (Richard Monte Carousel 2010-06-01)

a brilliant telling of the story of evolution through one very intelligent fish (Nursery World 2010-09-16)

was named Best Picture Book for Under-fives at the Booktrust Early Years Awards. (Nursery World 2010-09-09)

One Smart Fish by Chris Wormell ambitiously tells the story of a fish who wants to walk on land, and at the same time introduces the concept of evolution to young children. As always Wormell's witty illustrations tell much of the story. (Seven (Supp. to the Sunday Telegraph) 2010-12-05)

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Find out how one smart fish can change the world!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Fun Book 11 April 2011
This entertaining book is colourful and educational. It follows the journey of one fish from sea to the land. The illustrations are bright and amusing and there is plenty for young children to explore. Sure this might not be a scientific textbook but it is an accessible and enjoyable introduction to the theory of evolution. We loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolution fun 28 Jan 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I love books that have an interesting angle and give the reader something that is quite unexpected. Within this book is a story that will lead on to further questions, help inquisitive minds and above all else give the parent just as much fun reading as entertainment to the young listener. It's great fun with some cracking illustrations which are not just bright but something that will stick vividly in the readers imagination. Add to this a very creative story arc, carefully chosen words and a book that will stick with the reader for a long time. This is definitely a must for any young person's library.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Colorful 10 Mar 2010
Long, long ago before human kind was even a shadow of a thought and land was just a barren desert, the ocean was full of fish. They came in all shapes and sizes, colourful and scary but one fish was particularly special. This fish was the smartest fish in the sea. Most unusual of all was his strange desire to walk on land and he spent many long hours staring at the empty shores while his companions played in the waves. One day he made up his mind that he would be first to walk on the beach and he thought long and hard before finally inventing... Feet! This little fish set foot on dry land for the first time ever but it soon became clear that it was a lonely place and it wasn't long before he rejoined his friends in the water. But his adventure was just the start of the long and difficult conquest of land.

When you think about it this is a book of staggering ambition, to take the incredibly complex theory of evolution and somehow condense it and make it accessible to young readers and I have to say it succeeds magnificently. Without being over the top with the telling, Chris Wormell manages to inform and delight with this funny tale of a smart little fish and his pioneering work in the name of evolution. Everything is here to both satisfy budding scientific minds and provide an entertaining story while the final page in particular is well worth a look as it contains animals from dinosaurs, reptiles, birds and of course, us, all starting from one little fish in the water.

The authors' writing creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with its chatty feel and the illustrations are colourful with plenty of humorous goings on to ensure there is always something new to notice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We picked this book up at the library, and were attracted by the picture of the fish playing chess on the cover. What a surprise to find out that it was an evolution story! Our toddler really likes fish, and the pictures are very beautiful and quite witty. But: this is not a science textbook! I was pleased to find a book that at least introduced the ideas in a story/myth form, but it raised a lot of questions that I would like to be able to answer when my child is old enough to ask them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Jan 2014
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My daughter loves this book. Makes her think about evolution and is getting her interested in how the earth evolved. Would highly recommended for Pre-school age as a great introduction.
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