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5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter's Favorite Book by Dr. Seuss
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together...
Published on 8 Sep 2004 by Donald Mitchell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but only an OK version
In my humble option Dr Seuss is a genius, and One Fish, Two Fish is wonderful book, beautifully illustrated and packed with wit, humour and invention. It is a fantastic book to read aloud to children and it is also a good book for children learning to read.
However, it should be noted that this is not the complete book; it is only an extract (this could be viewed as...
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter's Favorite Book by Dr. Seuss, 8 Sep 2004
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Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was her pick as the best of the books by Dr. Seuss.
One of the appeals of this book is that it is relatively easy to learn to read, yet has much more variety than most other early readers. So your child will feel like she or he has accomplished a lot with reading this book, which is correct.
The title gives the key to why this book works well as an early reader. One word is changed at a time, with a clear illustration next to it. Most children will read the illustrations like a rebus and later associate the words with the sounds of the name for the pictures. At some point, they begin reading from the words. Very nice!
Here's another sequence: "black fish blue fish old fish new fish."
Then, when he moves on, he uses simple rhymes: "This one has a little star. This one has a little car."
Next, he progresses to substituting some for fish and adding a single verb to make a sentence as in "Some are read."
So almost any child can soon begin to read along with few errors in the first 2 or 3 pages. Whenever the child can go no more, you can just keep going. With repetition, more of the book becomes memorized and the process continues.
There is another reward for you and your child: The book also previews many of the wonderful characters and rhyming schemes that appear in other Dr. Seuss books. As a result, it will be easier to get started reading those books. You will feel like you are seeing an old friend again.
You can also use each rhyme to take off on your own speculations. Our daughter used to love to come up with alternative rhymes that fit the pictures.
Books like this one make it great fun to be either a parent or a child. In some cases, this book will be there for you in both roles over 20 to 40 years!
Overcome your mistaken beliefs about how children can start to learn to read by seeing your child start naturally by associating the words with the pictures as you read this wonderful book to him or her!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One fish Two fish, Red fish blue fish, 26 Feb 2004
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I thought I was bing self indulgent when I bought this book. Bringing back early childhood laughs. I did not think Dr Seuss lent itself to my toddlers bookshelf. How wrong was I?
My oldest is 22 months old, and when we read this book last night she was finishing the rythmes, having after 5-6 readings learnt the entire thing off by heart!
So a great book to tickle your little on'se sense of humour, promote memorisation and language skills.
Definietly good!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but only an OK version, 1 Mar 2006
In my humble option Dr Seuss is a genius, and One Fish, Two Fish is wonderful book, beautifully illustrated and packed with wit, humour and invention. It is a fantastic book to read aloud to children and it is also a good book for children learning to read.
However, it should be noted that this is not the complete book; it is only an extract (this could be viewed as a good thing as some of the more complex tongue-twisters are not included). Also note the dimensions of the book; it is a very small book, only about the size of a CD case (although it is a high-quality board book).
It is a great book but there are better versions.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN IS GOOD, 31 Jan 2001
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At least two generations of parents and their children have now been immersed in the wonderful world of Dr Suess. The fun filled fantasy world of Dr Suess has lost none of its charm. "One Fish Two Fish" is one of his best.
The theme of this book is "funny things are everywhere". Dr Suess goes on to prove this by introducing a long list of fantastic but friendly characters. The creatures are at times outrageous looking but they are never frightening. There is no chance of monster-phobia developing in children after reading these books.
Anything is possible in this book. You have to love the seven hump Wump with its eight legs. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a camel.
Children will get to love the rhyme and rhythms of the words in this book. Children will be encouraged to make their own word play. It is possible new skills in creative thinking and even musical aptitude may emerge in children after having fun in the Suess world. On thing is for sure, a love of reading will certainly be encouraged.
Spatial thinking is encouraged with humorous signposts to Near and Far, and Here and There. Young minds will adore taking the advice "if you wish to wish a wish".
"One fish two fish" makes a great bedtime book. It is long enough and exhausting enough to pacify the most agile young mind. They can go off to dream land pondering "did you ever fly a kite in bed" and then "curl up with your Pet Zeep".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere, 25 Nov 2004
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This review is from: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Blue Back Book (Dr Seuss - Blue Back Book) (Dr. Seuss Blue Back Books) (Paperback)
You might think that "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" is a Dr. Seuss book about counting or colors (or counting and colors or even counting colors), but that would simply be the hook for something much larger. The thesis of this Beginner Book appears opposite the first page, where we are informed by a small creature with a giant mustache and a yellow star for a belly button that "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere." If anything this Dr. Seuss book has bits and pieces from lots of other Dr. Seuss books. You have a series of opposite because fish are not only red and blue but old and new, you have Ned who does not like his bed, there is Yop who only likes to hop from finger top to finger top, and all sorts of strange looking animals. There is even a creature that looks like the Cat in the Hat except he is completely yellow, including his hat, has a polka dot bow tie, and eleven fingers.
Consequently, if "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" is one of the first Dr. Seuss books that a beginning reader begins reading they should go back and read it again after they have gone through the rest of the good doctor's books because they will then be better able to appreciate some of the familiar faces in this book. However, since this is not a book for early beginning readers, most kids will get to this one after they have covered the basic Dr. Seuss books and become well accustomed to his delightful volumes of rhymed absurdity. This particular book has been inspiring the imagination of beginning readers since 1960 and there is no reason for it to stop with that endeavor at this point in time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant as usual, 10 Sep 2000
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Dr.seuss is probably the best loved series of books by both my children, abigail, age 5 and eliza mae, 2. One Fish Two Fish is entertaining andthere is a new animal on almost every page along with some very funny andhappy names. I would think any child that loves the rhyming books would love this and learn to recite it using their own voices and sounds to go with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THESE THINGS ARE FUN ------ AND FUN IS GOOD, 31 Jan 2001
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Those "Young Ones" are certainly maturing ( or are they getting younger?)
Rik Mayall's narration on this tape is fabulous. It's a perfect accompaniment to the book and will really bring the book alive.
At least two generations of parents and their children have now been immersed in the wonderful world of Dr Suess. The fun filled fantasy world of Dr Suess has lost none of its charm. "One Fish Two Fish" is one of his best.
The theme of the story is "funny things are everywhere". Dr Suess ( & Rik) go on to prove this by introducing a long list of fantastic but friendly characters. The creatures are always outrageous ( sound like a Young One ?) but they are never frightening. There is no chance of monster-phobia developing in children after reading/hearing these stories.
Anything is possible in this story. You have to love the seven hump Wump with its eight legs. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a camel.
Children will get to love the rhyme and rhythms of the words in this tale. Children will be encouraged to make their own word play. It is possible new skills in creative thinking and even musical aptitude may emerge in children after having fun in the Suess world. On thing is for sure, a love of reading will certainly be encouraged.
Spatial thinking is encouraged with humorous signposts to Near and Far, and Here and There. Young minds will adore taking the advice "if you wish to wish a wish".
"One fish two fish" makes a great bedtime story. It is long enough and exhausting enough to pacify the most agile young mind. They can go off to dream land pondering "did you ever fly a kite in bed" and then "curl up with your Pet Zeep".
This a great compaion tape to another Dr Suess favourite "Green Eggs and Ham" narrated by Rik Mayall's old mate from the "Young Ones" Adrian Edmondson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliza Dushku's first appearance as Faith on "BtVS", 24 May 2004
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You might think that "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" is a Dr. Seuss book about counting or colors (or counting and colors or even counting colors), but that would simply be the hook for something much larger. The thesis of this Beginner Book appears opposite the first page, where we are informed by a small creature with a giant mustache and a yellow star for a belly button that "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere." If anything this Dr. Seuss book has bits and pieces from lots of other Dr. Seuss books. You have a series of opposite because fish are not only red and blue but old and new, you have Ned who does not like his bed, there is Yop who only likes to hop from finger top to finger top, and all sorts of strange looking animals. There is even a creature that looks like the Cat in the Hat except he is completely yellow, including his hat, has a polka dot bow tie, and eleven fingers.
Consequently, if "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" is one of the first Dr. Seuss books that a beginning reader begins reading they should go back and read it again after they have gone through the rest of the good doctor's books because they will then be better able to appreciate some of the familiar faces in this book. However, since this is not a book for early beginning readers, most kids will get to this one after they have covered the basic Dr. Seuss books and become well accustomed to his delightful volumes of rhymed absurdity. This particular book has been inspiring the imagination of beginning readers since 1960 and there is no reason for it to stop with that endeavor at this point in time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Bonkers Bedtime Book by Dr Seuss, 21 Mar 2010
This review is from: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Blue Back Book (Dr Seuss - Blue Back Book) (Dr. Seuss Blue Back Books) (Paperback)
First of all - this isn't the book illustrated which looks like its A4. Its tiny. Buy the bigger one. Cut and paste this linke: ASIN:0007278136 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Learn with Dr. Seuss.

If you are buying for a toddler, this is pitched at the level of a very advanced three year old, but its a bit beyond your average 3 yo. More like age 4 is the level I would say, even though it deals with colours and numbers and looks basic, the humour and style is sophisticated and the print type smaller than what your little ones may be used to.

For a toddler I would look at "Hop on Pop" by Dr Seuss which is much more fun (even though this is funny, its in a US kind of way, not English).

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, is a useful book when kids are grasping phonics because it uses repetition and word groups, which are both sound strategies in teaching reading, but the marvellous Exceptional Dr.S is doing this in a fun way. I like the way the story is addressed directly to the child. That is a real strength of Dr. Seuss, he's kind of a magical storyteller friend.

If you're slightly bonkers and good at silly voices, this one's for you and will add a touch of surreal nuttiness to bedtimes.

Memories are made from sharing books like these which can last a lifetime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than an early learning book, 14 Jun 2007
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This review is from: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Blue Back Book (Dr Seuss - Blue Back Book) (Dr. Seuss Blue Back Books) (Paperback)
On the surface One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, the third Beginner Book that Dr. Suss (Ted Geisel) wrote, might appear to be a book of merely counting, colours, opposites and other concepts. The book revolves around the motto of "funny things are everywhere", and the fish in different guises are but the welcome mat to this wild, weird world. The creatures and crazy situations in the book (Yink, Yop, Ying, Gack, Zans, etc) are designed to encourage readers to embrace the world in all its quirkiness and diversity, and there are small sentiments peppered throughout the book such as "These things are fun, and fun is good" and "If you wish to make a wish". This book may be plotless, but the theme of funny things and embracing the world help to anchor it and make it a Seuss masterpiece.
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