Monday, July 5, 2021

Do You Speak Fish? - a bookwrap


Do You Speak Fish?

Authored by DJ Corchin

Illustrated by Dan Dougherty

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* Ages:  4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  48 pages
* Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Incorporated
* Pub. Date:  June 1, 2017
* Language:  English

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The Book

This is a wonderful book about acceptance, tolerance, compassion, and making assumptions.  A little boy encounters a fish and says hello to him.  The fish does not respond and the boy gets annoyed and thinks what a rude fish.  The exact same thing happens when the he tries to greet a lion, a bee.... no response.  Finally a wise old tree initiates a greeting and imparts timeless wisdom to the child.  The tree demonstrates why the boy is failing at communicating to those who come from different backgrounds and cultures.  The boy discovers that it is up to him to learn the language of the one he is addressing then he will get a response back, making both parties friendly and happy. 

The bold vibrant illustrations are extremely expressive and match the narrative perfectly.  The valuable life lesson is... just because someone does not look like you or speak your language does NOT make them rude or dismissive of you.  This can be the perfect opportunity to take time to learn about each other's language and cultures and then celebrate those differences.  I highly recommend this book!  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

DJ Corchin is the author of many award-winning children's books including A Thousand NO's, Do You Speak Fish?, Half-Cat, The I Feel... Children's Series, and The Band Nerds Books Series. He visits groups and schools all over the country discussing his stories and how people can find a path through their own creative universe. He loves to connect people through humorous stories about communication, kindness, and social-emotional awareness. His books are known for being fun and thoughtful discussion starters for both kids and adults in this crazy, complex, human world.

About the Illustrator

Dan Dougherty is an award-winning writer and illustrator of comics and children's books. His comic Beardo is a slice-of-life autobiographical comedy that has been featured on the Huffington Post, Upworthy and several parenting websites. Through Source Point Press he has published two of his most successful ongoing comic series; the supernatural thriller Touching Evil and the absurdist comedy Floppy Cop (with co-creator Seth Damoose).

His frequent collaborations with author DJ Corchin have yielded 11 children's books, all of which were acquired by Sourcebooks for publication. In 2020 they debuted their partnership with A Thousand No's, which rose to number one on the Barnes & Noble children's books list and enjoyed critical and commercial success. Their next release Do You Speak Fish? is set to be released in summer 2021.

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