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1. Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost
2. Four Fish: The Future of the Last
3. The Rainbow Fish
4. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,
5. Your Inner Fish: A Journey into
6. How to Cook Fish
7. The Pout-Pout Fish
8. Too Fat to Fish
9. Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's
10. A Fish Out of Water
11. Fish is Fish
12. The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big
13. So Long, and Thanks for All the
14. Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's
15. Fish! Tales: Real-Life Stories
16. Eating the Big Fish: How Challenger
17. Catching the Big Fish: Meditation,
18. Hooray for Fish!: Candlewick Storybook
19. Fish! For Life: A Remarkable Way
20. Big Fish (movie tie-in): A Novel

1. Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2000-03-08)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$3.55
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Asin: 0786866020
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day. Imagine an environment in which people are truly connected to their work, to their colleagues, and to their customers. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager is charged with the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team. Across the street from her office is Seattles very real Pike Place Fish Market, world famous and wildly successful thanks to its fun, bustling, joyful atmosphere and customer service. By applying ingeniously simple lessons learned from the actual Pike Place fishmongers, our manager learns how to energize those who report to her and effect an astonishing transformation in her workplace. Addressing todays work issues (including employee retention and burnout) with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message that applies to any sector of any organization, Fish! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profoundthe hallmarks of a true business classic. Based on a bestselling ChartHouse training video which has been adopted by corporations including Southwest Airlines, Sprint, and Nordstrom.Amazon.com Review
Here's another management parable that draws its lesson froman unlikely source--this time it's the fun-loving fishmongers atSeattle's Pike Place Market. In Fish! the heroine, Mary JaneRamirez, recently widowed and mother of two, is asked to engineer aturnaround of her company's troubled operations department, a groupthat authors Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen describeas a "toxic energy dump." Most reasonable heads would cut their lossesand move on. Why bother with this bunch of losers? But the authorsdon't make it so easy for Mary Jane. Instead, she's left to sort outthis mess with the help of head fishmonger Lonnie. Based on abestselling corporate education video, Fish! aims to helpemployees find their way to a fun and happy workplace. While some mayfind the story line and prescriptions--such as "Choose Your Attitude,""Make Their Day," and "Be Present"--downright corny, others will finda good dose of worthwhile motivational management techniques. If youloved Who Moved MyCheese? then you'll find much to like here. And don't worryabout Mary Jane and kids. Fish! has a happy ending foreveryone. --Harry C. Edwards ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems- its better
This was a nice exercise in seeing how you view being a team member and can help give you some insight into your own style that you might not realize that you have. Its also pretty entertaining.

4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I found this book to be truly inspirational. At first,I didnt get it and thought it was too simple, but as a I read on,I came to realize just how profound it is.The only advice that I can give is not to give up on it before at least 60 pages.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hated Seattle, book is OK

What I learned: Each of us is an artist creating a unique work of art.
Memories make people's day.
Happy people treat others well. Fun leads to creativity. The time passes quickly. Having a good time is healthy at work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Who says work can't be fun?
Who says work can't be fun?

Okay, there are those lists of "10 worst jobs," and books about horrible supervisors.The Dilbert collection highlights the pitfalls of today's work environment for many.

Does it have to be this way?Is there a different model for workplace behavior and performance?This book, Fish!, argues that there is.

I understand there is a minor "motivational industry" surrounding the "Fish!" model, one that emphasizes these four points:

1.Choose your attitude.Hey, you can choose to be bored, or sad, or whatever.

2.Play.Does work have to be... "work?"

3.Make their day.For both coworkers and customers.

4.Be present.Life is happening right now.

I've never attended one of the Fish! motivational seminars.I have watched the original (I think) video of the Fish! philosophy as expressed by the employees of the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle (ironically, I'm sitting in a Starbucks, drinking a cup of their Pike Place roast).

And now I've read this book, Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, by S. Lundin, H. Paul, and J. Christensen.

The slim book (barely over 100 pages) is in the format of the trials of a busy supervisor, trying to motivate her employees on "the third floor."That "third floor" has a reputation as a "toxic energy dump."Ouch!One day she finds herself at the Pike Place Fish Market.It looks like both the customers and the workers are enjoying themselves, and she begins a conversation, and eventually a relationship, with one of the employees.He introduces her to those four points noted above.She finds a way to integrate them into her section, and employee attitudes, and work performance, improve.They all live happily, ever after.

Well, it is a story!

I would summarize the book, and the philosophy, into these ideas:

A.Supervisors, actively work to improve the working environment.

B.Employees, actively work to improve the working environment.

I liked the book, and I appreciate the message.I think all of us can think of organizations, units, sections, or businesses that would benefit from all or a portion of these ideas being implemented.Of course, there usually is resistance, by some or all, to some or all of the proposed changes.What do you do when the 25 year veteran decides to pursue a policy of "noncooperation?"How much buy-in does one need to get these changes to work?How much resistance becomes "fatal?"

I think this book has some interesting ideas and suggestions when employees decide that they want a change.Then these, or other suggestions, can be sown in a fertile environment.

Bottom line?This book is food for thought.You'll finish reading it in an hour or less.It's worth that hour.

1-0 out of 5 stars You cannot create management philosophies based on fiction
This is a fictional work.The people in it aren't real.Essentially, the author makes up a story to prove how well his management principles work.Of course they're going to work - he's writing the story.There is no empirical evidence from real companies applying these concepts to real people.And seriously, have you ever worked in a real corporate environment that actually encourages you to have fun?You'll be written up quicker than you can read this piece of fictional garbage.These types of books are written for corporate management types who are far removed from the people who work for them.You want to motivate employees - spend time with them, show them you value them as people and reward them accordingly.Find me a manager who does that instead of someone who sits up in his ivory tower, and wastes his time reading some ridiculous BS like FISH or Who Moved My Cheese.The bottom line is - anyone can make up a story.Just because you put it on paper and can sucker corporate American into buying it, doesn't make it true.I could write a story that says I'm a superhero but the reality is, if I jump off a building, I'm still going to die.But at least that would make a better story than FISH. ... Read more

2. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
by Paul Greenberg
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2010-07-15)
list price: US$25.95 -- used & new: US$15.12
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Asin: 1594202567
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace.We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea. In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and examining where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year.He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade certified fishing company in the world.He investigates the way PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; Challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna. Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food - for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.Amazon.com Review

Paul Greenberg on Four Fish: Fix the Farm, Not the Salmon

When the New York Times reported in June of 2010 that the US Food and Drug Administration was “seriously considering” approving a genetically modified Atlantic salmon for American consumption the cries from environmentalists and food reformers were, predictably, almost audible on the streets.The AquAdvantage® Salmon uses a “genetic on-switch” from a fish called an ocean pout (a very different animal) in combination with a growth gene from a Chinook salmon to achieve double the growth rate of the unmodified creature.The animal’s creator, AquaBounty Technologies of Waltham, MA asserts that the fish will be sterile and grown in out-of-ocean bio-secure containment structures.Nevertheless the emotional worry of genetic contamination of wild fish, the public preoccupation with health risks a modified salmon could pose, and just the overall ick-factor consumers seem to have about GMO food were all on display across the foodie and environmental blogosphere a few days after the Times article ran.

But, curiously, perhaps the loudest groan that I heard in response to the AquaBounty successes came from salmon farmers.“What I have been noticing over the years,” Thierry Chopin, an aquaculture researcher based in New Brunswick, Canada wrote me, “is that the aquaculture industry is not jumping to embrace what AquaBounty has been proposing.”For years salmon farmers have been waging a public relations war, trying to gain legitimacy as an industry that could be both profitable and produce more food for a hungry world.When a paper published in the journal Nature in 2000 revealed that it took more than three pounds of wild forage fish to grow a single pound of farmed salmon, the salmon industry responded through selective breeding, increased use of soy and other agricultural products and more efficient feeding practices to lower the wild fish use of farmed salmon to the point where some farms claim to have achieved a fish in-fish out ratio of close to 1 pound of wild fish for 1 pound of farmed salmon.When diseases like infectious Salmon Anemia and parasites like sea lice began to run rampant on salmon farms around the world, some regions, like the Bay of Fundy in Canada, instituted better fallowing and crop rotation practices and appear to have had some success in breaking disease and parasite cycles.But in spite of these improvements, a single mention of transgenic salmon in a major media outlet is enough to spoil whatever gains the industry has made in public perception.Indeed, many lay-people I talk with have the impression that transgenic salmon are already a regular part of the farmed salmon market, this despite the fact that there are still no transgenic salmon sold in the United States or anywhere else that I’ve encountered.

Don’t get me wrong.I sincerely do not believe that the salmon industry has solved its environmental problems.But I do think that it suffers an unfair association with the AquaBounty project and that genetic modification distracts from what investment and research really needs to address.The two biggest problems with farming salmon are:

1) Salmon are grown in sea cages, often anchored amidst wild salmon migration routes.This can cause the fouling of waters with wastes and the transmission of diseases and parasites to already seriously threatened and endangered stocks of wild salmon.Selectively bred fish regularly escape and some suggest they may interfere with the lifecycles of wild fish.Even worse, entirely different species of salmon are often raised in non-native environments.Atlantic salmon are regularly farmed in the Pacific and often escape.

2) Farmed salmon consume a huge amount of wild forage fish.Even though feed efficiency on a per fish basis has improved dramatically, salmon farming overall has grown so much that the per-fish efficiency has been all but erased by a much larger overall presence of salmon farming in the world.Atlantic salmon, once limited to the northern latitudes of the northern hemisphere, are now farmed on every single continent save Antarctica.It’s possible farmed salmon escapees may have even reached that most southerly redoubt.Salmon farms exist as far south as Patagonia, South Africa and Tasmania.

So what is the way forward and how do we deal with this transgenic issue?If I were tsar of all salmon farming and could redirect investment money at will, I might take all of those dollars that go into transgenic research and put that money into really confronting the problems that plague the industry.I might look to developing efficient, above ground, re-circulating aquaculture systems.These facilities allow fish to be grown in temperature-controlled environments without any interaction with the wild. Disease transfer and genetic pollution are greatly reduced if not eliminated altogether.Yonathan Zohar a professor and Chair of the Department of Marine Biotechnology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County's has created a test facility right in downtown Baltimore that grows an array of species and even manages to recycle the fish wastes into fuel-grade methane gas that can be used to run pumps or heat water.Though these systems are energy intensive the ability to build them in proximity to markets lessens food miles.Furthermore recirculating systems offer precisely controlled growing conditions and can bring fish to market in half the time as open sea cages.

I might also try to expand on the work of Thierry Chopin who is piloting a program of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture or IMTA where mussels, edible seaweeds, and sea cucumbers are grown in conjunction with salmon in a complex polyculture.Rather than just trying to make an artificially efficient modified salmon, Chopin is trying to make a more efficient system where multiple crops radiate out from a single feed source.Because mussels, sea cucumbers and sea weed can all metabolize the wastes from salmon, they have a potential to neutralize and reuse the effluent that has plagued salmon farms in the past.

Another place I might put my salmon dollars would be the development of alternative feeds that are synthesized from soy and algae and might eventually obviate the need for using wild forage fish in salmon feed.

Finally, I might consider investing in a different fish altogether.Some critics of the aquaculture industry believe we should do away with the farming of salmonids altogether.But to my eye, there is a very entrenched market for salmon flesh and we might be better served finding a different salmon-like fish that has a smaller footprint. The most hopeful alternative I’ve come across is a fish called the arctic char.The arctic char is from the same taxonomic family as salmon, has pretty good feed conversion ratios, rich flesh, and most interestingly of all, because it frequently finds itself crammed into close quarters when its natural arctic lakes freeze, it has high disease resistance and takes extremely well to high stocking densities—densities that are necessary to make out-of-ocean aquaculture operations profitable.And this is exactly what’s happening with char.Most are grown in re-circulating, above ground tanks in Iceland and Canada.

Of course some people will never embrace a farmed solution for fish.There is a camp that feels very strongly that farmed fish are uniformly bad for the world and inferior on the plate.I have to confess that I don’t always share this opinion.Arctic char strike me as a good environmental compromise and to my palate, they’re pretty tasty.

--Paul Greenberg

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Customer Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars Brain Food
So the choices seem to be never eat fish again --because all the wild stocks of salmon, tuna, bass, cod are collapsing or have already collapsed due to impossible fishing pressures-- or focus on farming and eating genetically-modified fish, to the detriment of wild stocks due to possible genetic mixing. Not much of a choice. An important and fascinating book so you can make your own choices about eating fish with clear and informed intent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a fish-eye view
This is a serious book about a serious subject, or rather, a small aspect of a serious subject - what are we doing to sea life? Greenberg writes with beautiful ease and "Four Fish" is a delight to read. It is full of information about the four fish, especially their characteristics in the wild and how they are being farmed and the effect of that farming on man's taste for fish. It is a book that sets the mind thinking; deeply and anxiously. So by those counts this should be a four or five star book. I deliberated long on this and almost gave it three stars for the content and the prose. The missing star was intended for the great distraction this book might be to many of its readers. Ultimately, Greenberg has a message for his readers, but that message is at once obscured and blurred by his focus on four fish when the focus must be on the entire sea-life. This is not a personal fault of the book or the author and I am making this point to draw attention to the bigger picture and the bigger problem. We need to know about the squids, and the anchovies, and the threadfins, and the soles; and how can we go on if the population of the world is not reduced? Since it was this book that led me to think of these things, I think the fourth star should be given - one for each fish.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must read for fish eaters
Well written and an entertaining read.Greenberg makes learning about these 4 species and their associated issues easy and worthwhile.Without standing on a soapbox, he depicts each species' troubles and then provides information consumers can use in order to eat fish more sustainably.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Fish Stories, Could Have Used a More Careful Filleting
This book covers a tasty topic and is easy to wade into. Although it doesn't go into the depths, it's clear the writer has seen a lot along the coastal waters where he is comfortable. The accounts he gives of his own experiences as an ocean predator are interspersed neatly into his narratives about the fates of each of his four classes of fish. But the book could have been even better with some further sentence-by-sentence editing to eliminate repetitions, and deeper explanations of the science involved in resurrecting extirpated populations.

Still, this is worth the bite.

3-0 out of 5 stars Choices
Paul Greenberg presents both problems and alternative solutions in his new book, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. Greenberg presents the history and current situation with four fish: salmon, cod, tuna and bass. He explores sustainability and the issue of wild and farmed fish. He presents what he calls four clearly achievable goals for wild fish: a reduction in fishing effort; no-catch areas of the ocean; protect unmanageable species, and protect the bottom of the food chain. This is a readable and informative presentation of an interesting issue. Any reader who's interested in fish, science or more knowledge about what we eat, will likely enjoy this book.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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3. The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister Herbert
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1999-01-27)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$9.30
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Asin: 1558580093
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Rainbow-colored foil stamping glitters on every page of this unique book about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions-his shimmering scales.Amazon.com Review
If you read this very popular book just before bed, and thelight is still on in the hallway, you can make the rainbow scalesglitter on the page, and realize why the Rainbow Fish was so proud ofhis beautiful decoration. Sometimes, though, being too proud ofoutside beauty can blind a fish, or a child (or even, heaven forbid, aparent) to the beauty people hold inside. That's the lesson of thissimple tale, imported from Switzerland. It's a useful one for futuresneaker and designer clothing shoppers, for rainbow fish--and forquieter, plainer minnows, too. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the rainbow fish big book
This is an excellent book for young children to adolescents.I purchased the book erraneously, and was daunted at first by the size of it as I had intended to buy a normal-sized copy for home use, but I can certainly use it at the English language school where I work. The artwork is fabulous!

1-0 out of 5 stars Dysfunction training for children!
We live in a society where psychological insecurity is used and reinforced by a myriad of forces.Every advertisement tells us that we are not good enough without this or that product.Politicians sell their messages based on the public's acceptance that things are bad and getting worse.And now, here comes Marcus Pfister to jump start that insecurity in our children.

Summarizing the plot, the Rainbow Fish is beautiful, but no one's favorite friend until he gives away all his pretty scales.So what does this teach our children?That in order to be accepted, we must lower ourselves to the level of the lowest common denominator?That talent and beauty belong to everyone and those endowed with them must give them away?Or most perversely, the only way one's self-doubt and inner conflict can be overcome and a sense of real value can be instilled is by buying friends through self sacrifice.Does your child really need another element of his or her environment confirming that self worth is measured in the regard of others and that those others must be bought off??All this book does is instill insecurity into those born with certain advantages.

Pfister is widely known for his pedantic moralizing, but this attack on the self image of children is dangerous, harmful and ugly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money
I am one of the countless many that think this book is for the trash-bin.Did they import this from North Korea and translate for fawning liberals??

If you really don't think you child is exceptional, or should never think of himself as such then you should buy.If you believe your child should lower his standards or be embarrassed for possessing something others don't have then definitely buy this book.If you think a book where one indiscriminately gives away material stuff to be popular gives a positive message about sharing then this book is a must-have.

....Otherwise save your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible message

"Despite some jazzy special effects achieved with shimmery holographs, this cautionary tale about selfishness and vanity has trouble staying afloat. Rainbow Fish, "the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean," refuses to share his prized iridescent scales--which, indeed, flash and sparkle like prisms as each page is turned. When his greed leaves him without friends or admirers, the lonely fish seeks advice from the wise octopus, who counsels him to give away his beauty and "discover how to be happy." The translation from the original German text doesn't enhance the story's predictable plot, and lapses into somewhat vague descriptions: after sharing a single scale, "a rather peculiar feeling came over Rainbow Fish." Deep purples, blues and greens bleed together in Pfister's liquid watercolors; unfortunately, the watery effect is abruptly interrupted by a few stark white, text-only pages. Ages 4-8."

My friend says this, and I agree:

"So the fish has something everyone else wants and everyone gets mad at him out of jealousy so what advice does he get?
give your stuff to the jealous people so they will like you.stupidest thing i've ever heard."

"the fish is not special any more and everyone else got free stuff from social intimidation.it's a crappy story"

1-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
I got into a debate today with my co-teacher about this book. I went online to see if anyone shared my opinion, and I'm surprised to see a lot of people do!
A lot of people (my co-worker included) say this book is about sharing what you have- but I have real problems with the way that story (if that is indeed the message) is told. Rainbow fish is vain- okay. He doesn't have any friends- okay. Little fish asks for a scale- this is where the story gets interesting. I don't think the book is promoting communism (*rolls eyes*), but every character in the story is placing a LOT of value on these scales. Some reviewers claim the book is saying possessions don't matter- I disagree- they DO matter, because A) Fish keep asking for them B) Octopus says this is THE ONLY WAY the Rainbow will make friends and C) all the fish become friends with him after they get the scales. Clearly Rainbow fish has bought his friends- he doesn't do anything to show them his inner character, like kindness or courage, AND he doesn't even learn humility! A writer could end this story in so many ways- why does Rainbow fish need to give his scales away? Even if the scales stand for possessions (as some reviewers suggested), why does this book tell kids to give away their toys to make friends? I see the message as: "Give away the one thing that makes you special so that you can be like everyone else and they'll be your friend."
Thought-provoking, but I'm not reading it to my kids. ... Read more

4. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Chinese Edition)
by Dr. Seuss
 Hardcover: 60 Pages (2004-04)
list price: US$20.90 -- used & new: US$14.25
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Asin: 9573211246
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This title is part of the "Dr. Seuss Classic Collection".Amazon.com Review
"Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk withten cats on your head?" Such are the profound, philosophicalqueries posed in this well-loved classic by Theodor"Dr. Seuss" Geisel. While many rhymes in this coupletcollection resemble sphinx-worthy riddles, Seuss's intention is clear:teach children to read in a way that is both entertaining andeducational. It matters little that each wonderful vignette hasnothing to do with the one that follows. (We move seamlessly from aone-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds withone hair upon their heads.) Children today will be as entranced bythese ridiculous rhymes as they have been since the book's originalpublication in 1960--so amused and enchanted, in fact, they may noteven notice they are learning to read! (Ages 4 to 8) ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars pieces don't fit back in box!
nice puzzle, but taking it back because pieces don't fit back in box. when it came they had 2 pieces connected together. that's the only way it'll fit back in the box. now what mom or dad wants to do that everytime they clean up a puzzle?!bigger box please

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Design
We have a lot of puzzles and this is the worst one we've ever received.Two problems: (1) the pieces are not cut in a unique shape, meaning that the same piece fits in multiple places on the puzzle itself which seems, well, not very well-made.My son does not read yet (3 yrs, 3 mo), but is able to do challenging puzzles based on color and shape of the pieces -- but not this one because so many pieces fit in the wrong place and the only way to really know that is to be able to read the words on the piece, which he cannot do; and (2) the only way to put the puzzle back in the storage box is to take it apart assembled with the correct two pieces attached to one another.If you separate all the pieces or (shockingly) your child does not complete the puzzle, you cannot put it back in its box one piece at a time.Why the box isn't larger I have NO idea.This is really a disappointing product after the many great Melissa & Doug puzzles we have enjoyed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book-Bought for Charity-Easy Purchase
I bought this book for a charity and it arrived in time to give it to the reader's group who needed new books for their summer reading. I'm sure the children loved it and I was able to give more books thanks to the low price of this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars counting and colors
Well every child must learn counting and their colors.This book delivers just that, Dr Seuss had the right idea when this book was written, he combined rhyming with counting and incorporated colors, any child is sure to have fun and learn all at the same time with this clever little book.

I read it to my children when they were small, and i will read it to my grandchildren someday, its a classic that will go down in history.

Lori Ann Libby
Author of
The Adventures of Henry Hamper and the Flying Fish

3-0 out of 5 stars mini stories
I thought this book starts off great, one fish two fish, red fish blue fish,etc etc, but then it ends the fish part and goes on in random mini short stories.For this reason, i think it's just OK.Confusing to my toddler I suppose, it doesn't keep his attention...since it skips around a lot.wish the fish part was longer or the entire book. wasn't impressed. thought it would be better based on reviews ... Read more

5. Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage)
by Neil Shubin
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-01-06)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.68
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Asin: 0307277453
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New Afterword

Why do we look the way we do?Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before.By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light.This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.Amazon.com Review
Oliver Sacks on Your Inner Fish
Since the 1970 publication of Migraine, neurologist Oliver Sacks's unusual and fascinating case histories of "differently brained" people and phenomena--a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome, a community of people born totally colorblind, musical hallucinations, to name a few--have been marked by extraordinary compassion and humanity, focusing on the patient as much as the condition. His books include The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film), and 2007's Musicophilia. He lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University.

Your Inner Fish is my favorite sort of book--an intelligent, exhilarating, and compelling scientific adventure story, one which will change forever how you understand what it means to be human.

The field of evolutionary biology is just beginning an exciting new age of discovery, and Neil Shubin's research expeditions around the world have redefined the way we now look at the origins of mammals, frogs, crocodiles, tetrapods, and sarcopterygian fish--and thus the way we look at the descent of humankind. One of Shubin's groundbreaking discoveries, only a year and a half ago, was the unearthing of a fish with elbows and a neck, a long-sought evolutionary"missing link" between creatures of the sea and land-dwellers.

My own mother was a surgeon and a comparative anatomist, and she drummed it into me, and into all of her students, that our own anatomy is unintelligible without a knowledge of its evolutionary origins and precursors. The human body becomes infinitely fascinating with such knowledge, which Shubin provides here with grace and clarity. Your Inner Fish shows us how, like the fish with elbows, we carry the whole history of evolution within our own bodies, and how the human genome links us with the rest of life on earth.

Shubin is not only a distinguished scientist, but a wonderfully lucid and elegant writer; he is an irrepressibly enthusiastic teacher whose humor and intelligence and spellbinding narrative make this book an absolute delight. Your Inner Fish is not only a great read; it marks the debut of a science writer of the first rank.

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A Note from Author Neil Shubin

This book grew out of an extraordinary circumstance in my life.On account of faculty departures, I ended up directing the humananatomy course at the University of Chicago medical school.Anatomy is the course during which nervous first-year medicalstudents dissect human cadavers while learning the names andorganization of most of the organs, holes, nerves, and vessels in thebody. This is their grand entrance to the world of medicine, aformative experience on their path to becoming physicians. At firstglance, you couldn't have imagined a worse candidate for the job oftraining the next generation of doctors: I'm a fish paleontologist.

It turns out that being a paleontologist is a huge advantage inteaching human anatomy. Why? The best roadmaps to humanbodies lie in the bodies of other animals. The simplest way toteach students the nerves in the human head is to show them thestate of affairs in sharks. The easiest roadmap to their limbs lies infish. Reptiles are a real help with the structure of the brain. Thereason is that the bodies of these creatures are simpler versions of ours.

During the summer of my second year leading the course,working in the Arctic, my colleagues and I discovered fossil fishthat gave us powerful new insights into the invasion of land by fishover 375 million years ago. That discovery and my foray intoteaching human anatomy led me to a profound connection. Thatconnection became this book.

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The crew removing the first Tiktaalik in 2004
Ted Daeschler and Neil Shubin propecting for new sites (Credit: Andrew Gillis)
The valley where Tiktaalik was discovered (credit: Ted Daeschler, Academy of Natural Sciences)

The models of Tiktaalik being constructed for exhibition (Tyler Keillor, University of Chicago)
Me with one of the models (John Weinstein, Field Museum)

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Customer Reviews (182)

3-0 out of 5 stars ...
Good condition except for some water damage on each end.
Delivery took way too long, paid for two-day and it took almost a week.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the egotistical critics; it's good.
If the critics are knowledgeable in the field, then they can go have fun with a textbook.

For the rest of us who just want to discover the origin of ourselves and what it means to be human without having to enroll in a class, we'll stick to this kind of book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your Inner Fish
Great book!!! A little dry and boring at the beginning, but after the 1st chapter you get drawn in! The author does a great job engaging the reader with humor and his personal experiences. Also, goes into great detail about different concepts that you'd learn about in a Biology course. Highly recommended, even if you're not a Biology major.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy Science Read
Although Shubin received some negative comments about his writing style within Amazon's reviews I have to say that his writing manner is easily understood. And that is a plus when non-science readers take on a subject as complicated as evolution.
If you are interested in where we came from and how we developed physically, from bone structure to eye sight, Your Inner Fish is a great place to start.

Marvin Wiebener
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5-0 out of 5 stars Big Picture Book, a must read for everyone
I teach science and this was a great book to pull together all aspects of science, not just biology. It is an easy read for anyone who has had a high school biology course. Perhaps it should be required reading for high school students as well. ... Read more

6. How to Cook Fish
by Myrtle Reed
Paperback: 166 Pages (2010-03-07)
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Cookery (Meat); Cooking / General; Cooking / Specific Ingredients / Meat; House ... Read more

7. The Pout-Pout Fish
by Deborah Diesen
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2008-03-18)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazingly Sublime Read For Kids and Parents
"Deep in the water where the fish hang out lives a glum, gloomy swimmer with an ever present pout. I'm a pout pout fish with a pout pout face, for spreading dreary drearies all over the place. Blub Blub Bluuuuuuuuuub"

I have read these words to my daughter more than a hundred times, and I'm still not tired of the book.The Pout Pout Fish captivates the lost art of children's story telling.The words are different, so they grab my daughter's attention. The pictures are bold, bright, and colorful with many many details while not overtaking the text.And the text on the doesn't try to take over the illustration either. The rhythm of the story is engaging, and the message is a very sweet one the is not often heard.

I love it and my daughter does as well. Our original copy of this book was a used hand me down, that literally fell apart after months of being read.I wasn't sure if I would replace it.However, when my little one saw the picture of the book on the screen she immediately became excited.She pointed at the screen and shouted "Poot Poot!!! Bluuuuuub!!!Poot!"My daughter has just barely turned two, has hasn't seen The Pout Pout Fish for six months. If Deborah Diesen and Dan Hannah were here, I think it would take everything in my power not to kiss them.This book is THAT awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
The Pout Pout Fish is a great story for children.I run a childcare business in my home and all the children I care for absolutely love this story.They want me to read it to them everyday.As a matter of fact, they loved it so much, I purchased The Pout Pout Fish book for each of the children for their birthday's this year.
It is a very cute and catchy story with adorable illustrations.I would definitely recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for little ones!
LOVE reading this book to my son!As an elementary school teacher and a mother I have TONS of books and know that this book stands out from the crowd!It's written so well that it's fun to read and to listen to, plus the illustrations are adorable! Well worth the money...will most certainly become one of your child's favorites!

5-0 out of 5 stars Kids will love it!
Present for my great grandson and I'm sure he'll love it and he will laugh at the words and especially the pictures, which are funny.This is a very good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An instant favorite
Our niece read this book to us on the phone a week ago.We ordered via Amazon's fabulous blackberry app.Two-days later, it arrived to be an instant "must-read this 4 times in a row" favorite.I think my husband knows all the words already, and our 2 year old is a master of the Blub.We loved Hooray for Fish too, and this one is a perfect companion to our visits to the aquarium these days. ... Read more

8. Too Fat to Fish
by Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
Paperback: 336 Pages (2009-06-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show—with a foreword by Howard Stern.

When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show’s move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting.

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for—sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction: He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was eighteen and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics.

True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn’t have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie’s never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio.

Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he’s got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book ... so sad seeing history repeat itself
This is an amazing insight into Artie Lange. I'm a fan of the Howard Stern Show and Artie is a big part of what I love about the show. I miss him a lot. I read this book after he left the show. I got a lot of insight into Artie and what probably happened last December.

Aside of the sad parts of the book, it is really funny at times and there are some great stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars ARTIE!!!
This book is only for people who like Artie Lange, or even just crazy stories while being apart of show business. Excellent humility and stories to relate to. Easy to read, couldnt stop reading it get it if you like Artie at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Overall this is a good book, and a nice read for Artie fans.

If you are a Howard Stern fanatic you might be slightly disappointed in that there are no really crazy revelations that haven't been discussed on the show already. BUT, it's worth the money, especially since you can buy it used for around $5.

Read and enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny.
I found Artie Lange's book to be sobering while funny at the same time. In light of the terrible things that has happened with Artie, this book takes on a whole new light. I felt the writing was a tad poor but the stories were hysterical. Here's hoping for the best with Art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not your usual Bio.
Ive never been a big fan of autobiography's by actors. They are always the same story (and so is this one) but I dont know, this is one great book. Ive been an Artie fan ever since I saw him on MadTV season 1. At the age of 12, I started listening to Howard Stern. I became an instant fan. The book goes through Artie's life between 1993-1998 when he really hit rock bottom with cocaine. It then skipped over to when he joined the Stern Show. Its a great book and its probably one of the only auto biographies that Ive actually enjoyed (besides George Carlin's book "On Words"). Its a great book which really surprised me. Check out the audio book as well, even though Artie only narrated the first hour of it. ... Read more

9. Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison
by T. J. Parsell
Paperback: 336 Pages (2007-08-31)
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When seventeen-year-old T. J. Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison. The first night of his term, four older inmates drugged Parsell and took turns raping him. When they were through, they flipped a coin to decide who would "own" him. Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among inmates (one in which informers are murdered), Parsell's experience that first night haunted him throughout the rest of his sentence. In an effort to silence the guilt and pain of its victims, the issue of prisoner rape is a story that has not been told. For the first time Parsell, one of America's leading spokespeople for prison reform, shares the story of his coming of age behind bars. He gives voice to countless others who have been exposed to an incarceration system that turns a blind eye to the abuse of the prisoners in its charge. Since life behind bars is so often exploited by television and movie re-enactments, the real story has yet to be told. Fish is the first breakout story to do that.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Disturbing
This memoir tells the haunting story of how a boy makes a tragic mistake that lands him in prison. Of course this leads to a life of frequentrape and psychological torture. This true tale will scare the crap out of you. It also shows how badly our justice system is often ran. This issue deserves great scrutiny by those in power. Darkly fascinating. This author is very brave.

Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel "To Be Chosen"

5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting
This book had me riveted from the first page. It is obvious that this boy did not belong in prison. What I can't help but think about is that rapists in prison are despised and are considered one of the lowest class of prisoners, who have to be put in protective custody to keep from being killed by other prisoners. This double standard baffles me, as many "so called men" in prison victimize and rape young boys. How are they considered okay when they are rapists just like the men who commit rape on the outside? My impression is that the rapist predators in prison need to somehow feel better about their own situation by lying to themselves and pretending that they are different from the rapists they abhor. Another contradiction is that prisoners who are consistently raping boys also look down on homosexuality and make fun of other prisoners with feminine proclivities. I was outraged by the victimization of the author and believe that the men who abused him should be prosecuted for rape and be labeled as the rapists and low lifes that they are. T.J. Parsell is to be commended for his courage in telling his story. His life now, is a testimony to the fact that he never should have ended up in prison. Our justice system definitely failed this man. He would have been a perfect candidate for probation and there is no doubt in my mind that he will ever find himself on the wrong side of the law again.

3-0 out of 5 stars Seventeen-year-old gay inmate graphically details a year's worth of prison rapes and consensual sex acts.
Stop Prison Rape advocate Tim Parsell's explicit recounting of a whole lotta sexual encounters between incarcerated males, basically the story of his first year in prison, is sure to make average readers squirm. In it, he intertwines details of sex acts with other inmates (rape, sex under duress as payment for protection and the rest, consensual) with memories of his childhood. Although pre-prison, he carries on a relationship with a girl, once confined, he seems torn between feelings of disgust at being pressured into the receiving end of unwanted sex and curiosity about repressed sexual feelings towards men. In fact, so much of the story is spent on sex, if you deleted all references to it, you'd have chopped it in half. The better parts of the story are the flashbacks about his pre-prison past. His father, an uncle, his brother and a stepbrother all did time either in reform school or jail, facts in support of "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Fortunately, after his release, Mr. Parsell cleans up his act, straightens out his life, and becomes a Stop Prison Rape advocate. His story about life behind bars provides a graphic glimpse of life inside, including the lingo, standard operating procedures, treatment of inmates, and attitudes and behaviors of the incarcerated, especially those of a sexual nature. Similar: Tweaked by Patrick Moore. Better: Tomorrow You Go Home: One Man's Harrowing Imprisonment in a Modern-Day Russian Gulag by Tig Hague and Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expose of Prison Rape
Fish is correctly named as a memoir, but it is also an expose or homosexual rape in the penal system. Ironically, when a rapist enters prison, he is considered a pervert, i.e. is a target for attack and is at high risk for being killed while in prison.

The author is not well-educated in the literary arts and his writing abilities are limited. The style is awkward in that he puts a portion of his childhood at the beginning of each chapter that relates in some way to the reslly important story of his imprisonment at the tender young age of seventeen, a natural target for the predatory sexual system of the penal system where a "fish" like that needs the protection of a protector/provider inmate for whom he will provide sexual services. Without this protector he will be repeatedly gang-raped by stronger inmates.

The value of this book is in the description it gives of rape in the penal system and the need to protect vulnerable prisoners from this abuse.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book to show the problems men are facing in prison
It's believable and heart-breaking from time to time as you read this book. It's about the struggle of a boy who faced terrible treatment in prison that will probably haunt anyone of us reading it. It has clearly show the unknown side of prison and the urgency for the change that has been long overdue to improve the lives of the prisoners. Punished for the crimes that they have committed doesn't mean that they do deserve the basic respect that a human being should get. i think this book has struck a large number of readers to empathize and sympathize the process that the author, T.J Parcell had to go through. It's fortunate for him that he has managed grow out of it but there are many still suffering the same fate as he did and ended up in the vicious cycle or get worse.

I'm grateful of what I have after reading this book. Nothing could be worse than such violation as mentioned in the book. It should be taught in contemporary history to show the contrast of how science and tech has improved but humanity in prison desperately needed the improvement which most couldn't be bothered with. ... Read more

10. A Fish Out of Water
by Helen Palmer, P. D. Eastman
Hardcover: 72 Pages (1961-08-12)
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Illus. in color. "Comic pictures show how the fish rapidly outgrows its bowl, a vase, a cook pot, a bathtub."--The New York Times. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Tale of Boy Who Does Not Listen
How I love this book and the memories that it evokes from my childhood. This story has swum after me from my youth and now I read it to my kids weekly.The timeless drawings and ridiculous story are a great combination for success in kids learning to read and being pulled into the story.Mr. Carp's wise assertion always make me smile.

"Oh, dear! said Mr. Carp."
"So you fed him too much!
I knew you would.
I always say 'don't
but you boys always do.

And in the end the lesson is learned to follow directions or something bad may happen . . . Which all kids need to learn some way some how.If only I could replicate the fish actually growing like in the story for demonstrative purposes to my children and see the effect it would have on my kids.I would be a happy woman.

Great timeless story!
A must have for beginner readers libraries.

4-0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it
My 2.5 y.o. daughter LOVES this book and I can tel it will be a good one for learning how to read too.It does read a little strangely, though.Like a poem that doesn't rhyme.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book ever!
I read this book in second grade, it was my favorite book. For years and years I looked for this book and couldnt find it, now here its again. I totally can not wait to read it to my Grandchildren.

2-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't flow
I don't understand what it is that so many people like about this book. My three boys did not enjoy it at all. This book does not flow. Sometimes it seems to try to copy the style of Dr. Seuss without success and at other times it seems to be trying to go in its own direction. Rhyming words help children learn to recognise similarities in words. Often the words almost rhyme in this book (spot and what). The author is jumping through different styles of poetry throughout this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars fish out of water
I love this book!I read it to my children and looked all over ( including library) to be able o read it to my grandchildren.A true classic arrived in top condition and we have since enjoyed it many times over. ... Read more

11. Fish is Fish
by Leo Lionni
Paperback: 32 Pages (1974-02-12)
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Illus. in full color. A modern fable of a minnow who wants to follow his tadpole friend--who becomes a frog--onto land. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Modern Fable
An engaging fable with witty illustrations, FISH IS FISH begins with two "fish" that are best friends and go through life's changes when one transforms into a frog and through sustaining friendship and their own adventures, both realize and attain happiness within their unique worlds. Superb simple story highlighted with humorous imagination, kids will learn the differences/similarities of minnow and tadpole andlaugh at the pages when fish starts to dream about the creatures frog sees on the land in his own image - bird fish, cow fish, human and children fish. The subtle moral themes and artfully use of collage that have made Leo Lionni a "master of the simple fable" as hailed by Chicago Tribute can also be seen in his other Caldecott Honor books like FREDERICK, SWIMMY and INCY BY INCH.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Writing well done, illustrations rather drab, but children enjoyed
A tadpole and a minnow grow up together, thinking they both are fish.But one day, the tadpole begins to sprout legs and realizes that he's a frog.After arguing with his friend who is reluctant to believe him, the tadpole declares "Frogs are frogs and fish is fish and that's that!"Eventually, the day comes when the tadpole is a frog and must leave the water and his friend.Weeks later, he returns to visit and tells his friend about all the wonders he's seen, such as birds, which the minnow pictures as fish with wings stuck on them, and so on.These images stay in the minnow's mind, and the grass seems greener, so to speak, outside of his pond.The fish jumps on land, only to discover that he is not made to live outside of water.His friend helps him back in, and as the water revives him, the minnow looks around his home anew and decides to be content with his home.

The writing in this book is quite well done.It contains both humor and life lessons that can be easily explained to a preschool-aged child.Contentment, each having our own purpose/design, etc.The color illustrations are rather plain for my tastes, with the exception of the minnow's imaginings about the creatures described, which are very bright by comparison.

This book was given to my daughter for her 5th birthday.She says she'd rate it a 10 out of 10, and her 7-year-old sister says she'd give a 9 out of 10.They both do enjoy hearing it read.It's not one of their top 5 books, but it's one that they enjoy hearing from time to time.As for my experience as a parent reading it, I don't enjoy reading it in the way I do some of my favorite, but it's not a chore either.Overall, I would recommend this book if it sounds like one you and your child would enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vendor excellent, book outstanding
This is a very cute book that very cleaverly brings home the point that a persons experiences color their interpretation of things.Thevendor shipped quickly, the product was as advertised

4-0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic and Funny Story about a Fish Out of Water
A baby fish and a tadpole in a pond become friends.When the tadpole grows into a frog, he leaves the water to explore the land above.Upon hearing from his friend about this wondrous world, the fish decides to go see it.But he leaves the water at his peril, only to be rescued just in time by the frog.

This is not a moralistic story, but it lays some groundwork for an understanding of what constitutes truth.This especially relates to the postmodern idea that reality (especially spiritual reality) is whatever we perceive it to be.In this story the fish imagines birds, cows, humans, and other animals as fish-shaped beings.His perception does not alter the true form of birds, cows, humans and other animals -- and chortling children will understand this as the fish's funny conceptions are juxtaposed with reality.

The point is driven home not only with humor but also with dramatic tension.Although the fish perceives the world above as a place where he can thrive, he is proven wrong when he attempts to breathe air.After returning to his own environment, he admits that "fish is fish" and accepts his place in the pond.So the story dramatizes the truth that there are certain laws inherent in the created order, and that to ignore them is dangerous.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite children's book
This is my all time favorite children's book. I am an early childhood educator, and I read tons of books, but this one stands out.The illustrations are brilliant, the concept is moving and beautiful, and it opens the door for talking about fish, frogs, metamorphosis, or even learning not to take things for granted. I love Leo Lionni. The messages in his books can reach into the hearts of people of all ages.

Good for Children ages 3-10. ... Read more

12. The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark
by Deborah Diesen
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2010-08-17)
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Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses her pearl, but though he’s fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he’s scared of the dark!

Very young children will swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. They will discover, as Mr. Fish does, the power of friendship to light the way through the big-big dark.

A Look Inside The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark
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Fast as a sailfish, strong as a shark A whirl of wriggly worms
Mr. Fish felt despair! Mr. Fish grew grimmer

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book!
My granddaughter loved "The Pout Pout Fish," and she loves the follow-up. Diesen creates music with her words, and the illustrations are gorgeous. A wonderful book for toddlers and, as a bonus, a good lesson for adults.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Read-Aloud - a review of Pout-Pout in the Big-Big Dark
"The Pout-Pout in the Big-Big Dark" is funny and sweet and a great Read-Aloud and I don't know why it hasn't received more press and more reviews here at Amazon and elsewhere.

A follow-up to The Pout-Pout Fish, in this book Pout-Pout leaps into action when Ms. Clam loose her pearl.Trying to calm the distraught mussel, Pout-y promises to bring it back, and thus he sets off follows the errant pearl down hill and into deeper waters.

Everything goes alright until it begins to get dark.Then Pout-Pout begins to have second thoughts.A voice in the dark though -- that cute lady fish from the first book-- helps him through the trying moments, as other aquatic buddies do before and after.

A nice message about friendship here, as well as one about how, with a little confidence, we can overcome our fears.I really like Pout-Pout Fish's mantra which includes strong positive points to offset his fear.

The books refrain is:

'I'm FAST as a sailfish,
I'm STRONG as a shark,
I'm SMART as a dolphin,

Pam T~

5-0 out of 5 stars Pout Pout Precious!
We have eagerly awaited this publishing from the first publishing & it was well worth it.We love the Pout Pout fish & how they've connected the two books is
great!My son (3.5) read the first book too death, and he picked-up on how this one relates to the first.Great story line, and lesson learned!Love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars More fun with Mr. Fish
This is a terrific follow-up to Pout-Pout Fish. It's a fun, lively story. The illustrations are beautiful. Kids will love the humor -- and feel brave -- as they follow Pout-Pout Fish into the Big-Big Dark.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Illustrations
A fantastic follow-up to the original, The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark is a whimsical journey into the ocean depths. The illustrations are fun and a bit cheeky (neon signs for deep sea anglers), Dan Hanna even incorporated my favorite - a sunfish! Well done and we look forward to another sequel. ... Read more

13. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
by Douglas Adams
Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-04-26)
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Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.

God only knows what it all means. Fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it’s light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new? ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Weakest out of the trilogy
I'm a strong fan of DnA's style, but the stress he went through to write this part of the series really shows. The story reads in a disjointed fashion that has none of the characteristic charm of the hitch hiker series, we are left with never resolved gaps in the fabric of the author-reader continuum. Clearly this historic part of the series cannot be left out of any reader's journey through the hitch hiker series, but it must be read with an extra helping of patience and faith.

4-0 out of 5 stars So long, and thanks for all the one-liners
For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Hitchhiker series.In fact, out of the first four books (as I haven't read the last one yet), I'd say it is second only to the original book.It is a short but satisfying read, in part because this is the first book with some actual character development.Arthur, for once, is not portrayed solely as some clueless, bumbling oaf that only cares about tea.He takes some initiative and follows through with the plans he makes.I also liked the introduction of Fenchurch into the story.Unlike Trillian, the only other significant female character, who is mostly just along for the ride, Fenchurch is curious and inquisitive and adds more to the story.I also liked the flow of this story.There was much more meat in the narrative, and less random silliness.While the randomness makes for good humor, it can get redundant, so I liked the way this book contrasted with the others in the series.The only thing I didn't like was the fact that some questions remained unanswered... Where did the dolphins go, exactly, and why were three specific people given the "So Long" bowl?Why didn't the dolphins come back?I would have liked the answers, but other than that, a very enjoyable read. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Different but OK
Different style than the first three in the series, which isn't necessarily bad.The plot more or less hangs together, but there are some parts that don't do much for the plot and I think are just there for filler material.The love relationship was OK, but went a bit juvenile.I wish the ending wouldn't have been so sudden, it was like Adams was just in a hurry to get it over with for some reason. Poor Marvin!Still, it certainly is worth reading and deciding for yourself if it's good or not; it would be a shame to pass it up based on some negative reviews and possibly miss out on something you might really enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Home at last!
At last, Arthur is home!!I was beginning to think the poor sod was going to die in that dressing gown.I'm also thrilled that he has found love.Fenchurch is good for him.

From what I have read about this book, people didn't seem the tone.Also, there were comments about it bouncing too much.I did not find this to be the case.I quite enjoyed it.In fact, Adams knows me(and the other readers) so well that he offered up the chance to skip ahead to the bit with Marvin. I never would have, but I was thrilled to hear that we would encounter him later.Oh Marvin, my dear friend, Rest in Peace.

And now, let's end with a song...


2-0 out of 5 stars Such a letdown
I know, it's cool among nerds to love the first book of the "trilogy," like the next two, and dislike the final two, so I tried to like this book out of spite, but it's just not very good.The real strengths of the first three books come from a unique madcap zaniness, with snide comments about the state of the universe and exotic characters making brief and memorable appearances.This book carries a few characters over from the earlier works, but almost everything else is a change for the worse.

The tone, aside from the love story, is darker, with unidentified characters slinking around spaceships or creeping through the rain or going mad on a beach to build suspense before Adams tells the reader a little about who everyone is and how they fit together.The basic idea of a rain god who has no idea why clouds joyfully rain on him every second of his life?Funny, with plenty of potential.Adams doesn't really take it anywhere, though, as the guy grumbles and complains in a few chapters and then becomes a media sensation in a way that neither entertains nor advances a plot.And there is entirely too much flying around and having sex in clouds and actively snubbing the laws of physics for the gritty tale Adams tries to present.All of those fantasy elements would have been fine in the earlier funnier books (in fact, Arthur flying in the third book was fine - never great, but fine), but in this one, they're jarring and invite unwelcome comparisons.

I still plan to read the fifth book to build some nerd street cred, but I no longer look forward to the series the way I did for the first three books.I know, a reader who falls under the spell of the spectacular first two books and the very good third book will not listen to any advice not to finish out the trilogy, but I must offer some anyway.This fourth book is not worth the time. ... Read more

14. Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's Essential Companion
by Rick Moonen, Roy Finamore
Hardcover: 448 Pages (2008-04-29)
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Comprehensive. Friendly. Indispensable. With more than 250 simple and delicious recipes.

No doubt about it, fish is a cook’s dream. Fast. Low in fat, versatile, and healthful, it’s even brain food. No other fish cookbook contains such a comprehensive selection of approachable, contemporary recipes. It’s written by a pair of experts: a nationally known three-star seafood chef whose true passion is teaching home cooks, and an award-winning writer and sought-after food authority. Arranged for the cook’s complete convenience, Fish without a Doubt encompasses chapters on all the techniques of fish cookery—from poaching to grilling to sautéing—as well as on all the most popular seafood dishes—from appetizers, to soups and salads, to burgers and pasta.

The recipes range from updated versions of classics (Trout Almondine, Linguine with Clams, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes) to the latest favorites (Steamed Black Bass with Sizzling Ginger,Tuna Burgers with Cucumber Relish, Thai-Style Mussels). It includes slews of quickies for weeknight specials (Broiled Fillets with Butter and Herbs) and centerpieces for splashier occasions (A Big Poached Char). Featuring only seafood that is not overfished, Fish without a Doubt provides the latest information for the eco-conscious cook about our last wild frontier.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The fish Bible
I have used this book for 7 or 8 fish meals without one smidgeon of disappointment. Anything from wild trout to northwest halibut. Oh my, have they been good. There are some excellent sauces to accompany the fish. It explains the steps easily for the novice (me) and seems interesting enough to keep the interest of a master chef. Simply put, I don't need another fish cook book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great and easy food
It is easy to assume that top chefs only create complex recipes, but these help you make amazing fish without spending weeks in the kitchen. Make the most of the fish you buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
We eat a lot of fish but I was running out of ideas so I bought this book. The first dish I made was the Shrimp Scampi because my mother showed up with fresh off the boat shrimp. It had to be the best scampi I have ever eaten, fresh shrimp aside. It was simple, easy and I did follow the instructions exactly, so it came out perfectly cooked.The dishes are not complicated, the sauces are straightforward but a wonderful compliment to the fish and his instructions for perfectly cooking the fish are accurate and easy to follow. I highly recommend this book to all levels of cooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cookbook
This book has a recipe for linguine and clams that was printed in Gourmet magazine; I've made that a half-dozen times and it's always great.If you do that recipe, triple the chili flake to increase the awesomeness.I finally bought the book and have done a handful of the dishes in it thus far.Overwhelming positives include a) the recipes are clear and easy to follow, they're not easy, but they're straightforward and you can get the dish right the first time, b) he includes substitutes for every receipe which is fantastic if you can't find a certain fish, and c) he has various side dishes or complements and even details how to plate dishes, which is wonderful.After making a half-dozen underwhelming halibut filets from other sources, I've now made two smashes in a row (the poached halibut with green curry and sauteed with harissa tomato sauce).Really good book, buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Service
I was so happy to get this book - it was at an amazing price and it was shipped in excellent condition!!!Thank you. ... Read more

15. Fish! Tales: Real-Life Stories to Help You Transform Your Workplace and Your Life
by Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, Harry Paul, Phillip Strand
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2002-04-10)
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FISH! told the story of a fictional company which transformed itself by applying lessons learned from Seattles famous Pike Place Fish market. Now, with FISH! TALES, readers can learn how real-life businesses and individuals energized their workplacesand their livesby implementing the lessons from FISH! Best of all, the book stands on its own for newcomers to the FISH! philosophy. FISH! TALES focuses on diverse companies, such as a bustling Sprint regional customer service center, a quiet neuro-surgical unit at a major hospital, and a brilliant car dealership. It features dozens of short takesquick and easy ways to apply the FISH! philosophy right now. And it includes a detailed program with specific steps and action plans.Amazon.com Review
Fish! Tales is Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, and Harry Paul's follow-up to Fish!--their enormously popular fable that draws lessons aimed at combating dysfunctional workplaces from the happy fishmongers at Seattle's Pike Place Market. In Fish! Tales the authors show how these lessons were put into practice at businesses both big (a major hospital and long-distance carrier) and small (a local car dealership and roofing company). Anyone who enjoyed Fish! (or, for that matter, Who Moved My Cheese?) or is looking for a motivational tool to help energize their own workplace, should find this short, upbeat primer worthwhile. --Harry C. Edwards ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lets go fishing
Fish! Tales is a great companion for the first book and the origional dvd. It is a great reminder that the single most inportant thing in business is the client. Most comapnies have lost focus of taking care of people and lost track of having fun. The two can go together and work well when they do. Remember to be happy and have fun.

1-0 out of 5 stars How is this allowed in the workplace
I have met Jim Bergquist (of Biz Futures, who does seminars on the Fish Philosophy)and been to his seminars and almost quit my job because if it. He preys on anyone who seems vulnerable so he can say they had a "breakthrough". This is no different than bringing in a church leader and breaking people down and calling it revival. I don't understand how this and others like it (landmark Education) has become acceptable in the workplace. I think it is a money making machine and they prey on the gullible. In his seminars they never pick on the bosses who are paying instead they stroke their ego. I would recommend anyone forced to go to these seminars to question why and not be afraid to walk out.

I also agree 100% with the post copied below another person left.

"As to the first, I do not believe that a company can motive or change a person. That is the business of missionaries, evangelist and philosophers. Business has no business in shaping the beliefs and ideas of the employees. These motivational programs all have silent value-statements, and to propagate these is a a form of intellectual evangelism. In short, you manager is a missionary for the gospel of corporate success. Unless you specially work for a church, or a philosophy-specific organization, such as the Freemasons or a political party, this smacks of violating conscience. "

5-0 out of 5 stars Fish! Tales: Real -Life Stories...
This book was used for a skit at a convention.It had the audience in stitches, while being presented some "boring, but important training."After reading the book, I thought of many friends and relatives who would enjoy and benefit from reading FISH.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I've seen the video and LOVE it!!!Just had to get the book since I tend to read more than I watch DVD's.A must have for anyone working or not working of any and all ages.Great concepts and principles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep the Spirit Fishy!
Keep your experience of the Fish Philosophy fresh! This is a great companion to the original book. When you talk to folks about Playing and some of the other important parts of bringing a workplace alive, they often counter with, "What about the kind of job where you can't play. Like a hospital?" This little volume recounts tales of just such venues. Some stories are bite sized morsels, some are more substantial. They all provide nourishment! ... Read more

16. Eating the Big Fish: How Challenger Brands Can Compete Against Brand Leaders
by Adam Morgan
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2009-02-17)
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EATING THE BIG FISH : How Challenger Brands Can Compete Against Brand Leaders, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

The second edition of the international bestseller, now revised and updated for 2009, just in time for the business challenges ahead.

It contains over 25 new interviews and case histories, two completely new chapters, introduces a new typology of 12 different kinds of Challengers, has extensive updates of the main chapters, a range of new exercises, supplies weblinks to view interviews online and offers supplementary downloadable information. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Eating the big fish
This was an order for additional copies of a book for my colleagues at work

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!
This is a great book! It is truly eye opening. The book is easy to read, laid out well and very topical. The challenger brand mindset is almost mandatory in today's hyper-segmented and interactive population

5-0 out of 5 stars A great angle on competing in today's marketplace
Author Adam Morgan went hunting for the second most successful brands. He sought commonalities among them to develop guidelines for those who are challenging the number one brands in their fields.

In other words, if you are coming into the battle in the number two slot, here's your strategy for winning the marketing wars. Morgan is very adept at breaking things down into precise action steps. Witty and engaging, he offers a detailed analysis of the current consumer attitude about brands plus strategies you can use to market your second or third rank brand. I definitely recommend this compilation of competitive ideas to those who want to boost their "Challenger" brands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Ideas for Small Brands to Eat The Big Brands
This is a business book that all small business owners or secondary brands management should read. It has some good ideas on how secondary brands can use creative ways to outsmart the big brands and gain market share.

I definitely got some ideas from this book and will apply to my business to gain some ground in my industry.


5-0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful with interesting practical examples
Morgan's book provides some pratical and thoughtful examples of how Challenger brands have been successful in penetrating the status quo of brand leaders. It is well written and engaging with examples spanning all sectors and geographies. ... Read more

17. Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
by David Lynch
Paperback: 192 Pages (2007-12-27)
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In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch'sCatching the Big Fish provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker's methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.

Catching Ideas

Ideas are like fish.

If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.

Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.

I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.

Everything, anything that is a thing, comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the Unified Field. The more your consciousness-your awareness-is expanded, the deeper you go toward this source, and the bigger the fish you can catch.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pearl After Pearl After Pearl of Wisdom
You will quickly find that the author is a big believer in transcendental meditation.To him it is the fix all for the world's problems.I really enjoyed engaging a conversation with the Mr. Lynch throughout the book.As he quotes,the world is as you are.If you read this book with a limited view you will get very little out of it. That is okay.Read it once and put it away. Then pick it up again and see ifyou can't find another pearl of wisdom in it.Better yet, go to the library and get the audiobook version.Having Mr. Lynch converse with you is wonderful.

If you are looking for a book about how to use TM - this isn't it.
If you are looking for a book about how TM can help you in your creative process this is it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Si tienes curiosidad en Meditacion...
Como digo en el título, si tienes algúna curiosidad en Meditación te va a parecer interesante.Y si además estas metido en el mundo del arte (cine, video, música etc), te va a parecer aún más interesante.Pero ten presente que este no es un manual ni un libro didáctico.Es simplemente un libro que explica cómo, a traves de la meditación, las cosas pueden fluir con mayor facilidad.Y tambien habla un poco sobre algunas anecdotas de algunas sus películas.Pero recuerda, no es un libro sobre cine, ni te dice QUÉ HACER para tener buenas ideas, ni como ser creativo al escribir o lo que sea.Simplemente (y muy resumidamente)te dice que cuando meditas, puedes tener control sobre tus problemas, llegar a un nivel de tranquilidad, y ahi (en comleta paz) uno puede pensar mejor, cierto?

1-0 out of 5 stars You won't even catch a small fish with this book
This book should really have been an article in a film magazine, its that short.I was hoping that there would be a lot of information regarding TM, but there wasn't any.As others have noted the book is really just ramblings about how great LA is, and how he gets ideas for his films, seemingly by just shooting from the hip and trial and error.Actually I'm shocked at how uncreative the thought process in this book is.If TM is really the key then why can't he share it with everyone.The whole [...] and David Lynch seem to be keeping it a secret so you can go to their website and pay $1,500 to learn how to do it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
This book is not about Meditation, it's about David Lynch. If Lynch Meditated for 30 years, why is he still a chain smoker???

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Interesting
Lynch is a cutting edge artist whose films have become increasingly interesting overtime. This little text is a collection of fragments and reflections regarding his life as a creative artist and his relationship to transcendental meditation. Lynch finds an ocean of abstract ideas in the 'unified consciousness' provided through the technique of TM. There are plenty of useful anecdotes here-both on meditating and the creative life in general. Lynch is clearly a somewhat solipsistic man, but his work continues to expand in beauty and creative depth so he must be doing something right. As he points out, 'he's not very good with words,' so this little book is not exactly a robustly analytic exegesis of his process, but it still provides some fascinating insights all the same. ... Read more

18. Hooray for Fish!: Candlewick Storybook Animations
by Lucy Cousins
Paperback: 40 Pages (2010-08-10)
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Revel in all things fishy in this undersea riot of color and rhyme from the creator of Maisy.

Paddle along with Little Fish on a mesmerizing underwater tour of friends spotty and stripy, happy and gripy, hairy and scary, even curly whirly and twisty twirly. Here is a tale that is sure to have little ones joining the chorus. Hooray for fish! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fishtabulous!
I picked this up from our local children's bookstore for my 14 month old nephew. He is into "speed reading" at the moment - he just wants to turn the pages, not actually listen to the story. He sits through this one though and we spend time looking at the fish before turning the page. I will definitely be looking for more Hooray books and Lucy Cousins! Highly recommend!

1-0 out of 5 stars they sent the wrong book!
although they gave me a speedy refund. i ordered 'hooray for fish' and got a biblical counceling book. umm... not the same thing so i was very disappointed. will it stop me from ordering from hastings again, no but i will be cautious and only give them one more try. wish i couldv'e read hooray for fish... signed, bummed in tennessee

5-0 out of 5 stars My 17mth old baby girl LOVES this book, and the video
My 17mth old got hooked up on this book. We had checked it out from the library; however as much as she wanted to read it, we had to make the purchase.We loved making up voices for all the different fish.And she loves the video.She is not big on watching TV/Videos at this point, however this one she can relate to the book, and it is short enough to keep her attention most of the time.We love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Repeat Favorite
Both of my sons loved this book from the time they were 18 months until they were 3 years old.They memorized all of the words since they were so engaged and it brought hours of joy.My 20 month old is perpetually running around going "fishies peas, fishies peas" and growling with giggles "gripy fish".

5-0 out of 5 stars Colorful, Conceptual, Counting, Friendly, Funny Fish Rhymes and Illustrations
My children always loved to look at colorful tropical fish in aquariums. They could spend hours spell-bound by the glittering glamour of these exotic creatures.

Hooray for Fish! takes that fascination and effectively channels it into teaching concepts and counting in friendly, funny rhymes. You'll have as much fun as your youngsters with this happy book.

Here are a few of my favorite fish: Little Fish (the colorful narrator), yellow fish, gripy fish, ele-fish, eye fish, sky fish, thin fish, twin fin-fin fish, and twisty twirly.

At the end of the story, Little Fish picks a favorite fish. Will it be yours, too?

The illustrations are bright, happy, interesting, colorful, and fun to contemplate. There's much food for thought. It's almost like a fish school!

Take your children to see some real fish after enjoying this book. They'll be ready to learn names and details.

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19. Fish! For Life: A Remarkable Way to Achieve Your Dreams
by Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, Harry Paul
Hardcover: 144 Pages (2004-01-07)
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There's a new FISH! in the pond! Here's a brilliant parable for everyone who wants to lead a fuller, happier life illions of business people have already used the bestselling FISH! books to improve the way they work. Now, the authors turn their attention to life's daily personal challenges, helping readers deal with them simply and effectively. By applying the FISH! principles of Play, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Be Present, FISH! for Life shows readers how to confront life's issues and to reach their full potential. With advice on such life issues as weight loss, personal finance, and relationships, the book is a road map for achieving personal happiness and well-being in all areas of life. After all, life shouldn't be work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love the Lundin Series
This is one of many quick read books that deals with life and gives some advice on simple changes that have a significant impact on the overall quality and happiness of your life in termsof work, home and in general.I would recommend any of his works.And if you ever have the chance to see his live wrokshop it is worth every minute. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker.

1-0 out of 5 stars A hokey little book telling you to be happy & positive...
I've read a variety of books like this and was quite disappointed with this. The bottom line seemed to be look on the upside & stay positive. If you are looking to achieve your dreams or transform your life this is not the book.

It wound up in the book donation dumpster in the local shopping mall parking lot.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmm not much to say
This book is not bad, but just a little predictable the story is not bad either, but I have read better stories. It seems that the book is short, and missing the heart of the writer, I DID NOT READ any other fish! books but I don't think I'll find a lot of differences. If you have never read inspirational books before, this is a good one to start with.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor read...
My reading club had finished reading a predecessor "Fish! Tales" when we decided to read this book. If you have not read about Fish! and want to do so, buy the Fish! or Fish! Tales books; they are a MUCH better place to start. If you have read the previous books in the series, ensure the Fish! principles are implemented with enthusiasm and in earnest; also, the same principles that succeed in the workplace can work at home too. There! I have just saved you a few dollars.

The written dialog is terrible. The overall message can be summed up in two sentences (see above).

5-0 out of 5 stars Bring the FISH philosophy to your home
Bring the FISH philosophy into your homelife and affect the people that really matter to you.
FISH is about finding the positive in what you do and radiating that to others.It's a concise manner of stating that whatever environmental factors surround you, the weather, opinions of others, your bank account, and the like, the attitude you bring to your endeavors will supercede any negative result of those environmental factors.
Scott Ginsburg says it well when he says to make yourself "psychologically impregnable".Think about the power of that concept.If you can make yourself immune to what's goes on outside of your thoughts, you'll go much farther toward your success.Your thoughts are the only thing over which you have total control.
This book takes the FISH concept that succeeded in the Pike Street Fish Market of Seattle and shows you how to apply it to your homelife and reap benefits with the people that matter most to you.
You can finish it in ONE sitting...My favorite part!
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20. Big Fish (movie tie-in): A Novel of Mythic Proportions
by Daniel Wallace
Paperback: 208 Pages (2003-11-04)
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When his attempts to get to know his dying father fail, William Bloom makes up stories that recreate his father's life in heroic proportions.Amazon.com Review
In Big Fish, Daniel Wallace angles in search of afather and hooks instead a fictional debut as winning as any thisyear. From his son's standpoint, Edward Bloom leaves much to bedesired. He was never around when William was growing up; he eludesserious questions with a string of tall tales and jokes. This issubject matter as old as the hills, but Wallace's take is nothing ifnot original. Desperate to know his father before he dies, Williamrecreates his father's life as the stuff of legend itself. In chapterstitled "In Which He Speaks to Animals," "How He Tamed the Giant," "HisImmortality," and the like, Edward Bloom walks miles through ablizzard, charms the socks off a giant, even runs so fast that "hecould arrive in a place before setting out to get there." In betweenthese heroic episodes, Bloom dies not once but four times, workingsubtle variations on a single scene in which he counters his son'squestions with stories--some of which are actually very witty,indeed. After all, he admits, "...if I shared my doubts with you, aboutGod and love and life and death, that's all you'd have: a bunch ofdoubts. But now, see, you've got all these great jokes." The structureis a clever conceit, and the end product is both funny and wise. Atthe heart of both legends and death scenes live the same age-oldquestions: Who are you? What matters to you? Was I a good father? WasI a good son? In mapping the territory where myth meets everyday life,Wallace plunges straight through to fatherhood's archaic andmysterious heart.--Mary Park ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars nothing special
This book is basically a bunch of moderately humorous stories jumbled together. Interwoven between the "tall tales" of the father is the son coping with the approaching death of his father. There was nothing really very compelling about this book. It had some decent jokes. Given the vast sea of books out there with deeper meaning, I feel like I wasted my time here.

4-0 out of 5 stars True stories that never happened
This is one of the rare times I watched the movie before reading the book. Indeed, the movie led me to the book (that, and the Country Inn and Suites that let me have it for free). Overall, I thought the story was very strong -- funny and enjoyable. Daniel Wallace is known mostly for his short stories, and this book reads like a collection of short stories about the same character. Big Fish is about Edward Bloom -- the most intriguing man to ever come from Ashland, Alabama.

The tales about Bloom are woven together with scenes of Bloom's last days, dying as an old man in his home. His son William tries to get to know his father in these final hours, realizing that, up to this point, he knows more of his father's wild stories than the man himself. The vignettes are told by William as the great myths (or fish stories) passed on by his father over the years.

Wallace admits that Big Fish is directly inspired by Greek mythology. Indeed, much of Greek myth portrays the father/son relationship as openly hostile. In Big Fish, it's not quite that bad. They struggle to communicate as William wants to know his father and Edward yearns for approval from his son. William wants the truth, but Edward hides behind jokes and tall tales, the language with which he is most comfortable. Though this is a little of a "daddy issues" book, it's far from depressing. It's really quite colorful and fun, and also explores the nature of truth. A myth has been described as a "true story that never happened." William is unsatisfied with this understanding of truth, longing for real facts and insight from his father, while Edward believes some truths are best communicated through fictional stories and humorous tales.

Many reviewers give special attention to the chapter "The Day He Left Ashland," in which Edward finds an underworld-like version of his hometown "populated by should-have-beens trapped forever in a miserable place." I found this chapter compelling as well. Rising stars somehow got off track and found themselves stuck in this grey town, guarded by a vicious dog who bites off the fingers of those who try to leave. In an interview about the book, Wallace says the dog was inspired by Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hades in mythology. "Every mythic hero needs a trip through the underworld," Wallace says. This chapter is a great example of how myth (or parable) can tell us something true -- many become so paralyzed by the fear of failure that they find themselves "stuck" underachieving.

Most of the other stories don't have the same communicative value as "The Day He Left Ashland," but the book as a whole is enjoyable. Wallace leaves the reader with an unresolved tension -- sympathy for Edward and his great stories, and also a sense of sorrow that he never let his son know him better. Stories are great for entertainment, and even to teach an idea or value. But they are no substitute for honesty and vulnerability, which is what William longs for in his father. Edward, it seems, would prefer to teach or entertain his son rather than really get to know him.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ugh, this was a bore to get through!
I picked up this book as a recommendation from someone working at my local Barnes & Nobles.It started out sort of cute, funny little stories about someone's life.The problem was, that was all that it was - just a series of short little stories, tall tales actually.It did not go anywhere, did not develop, nothing.It would be fine for a bathroom read, but it just did not hold my interest.In fact at one point, I had 30 pages left in the entire book and I literally had to force myself to finish it, just skimmed it, and read to the end.

This book will be going in my pile to resell to Half Price books and I will not be passing it on to anyone.Hope this is helpful information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It's a terrific book, and possibly even great. It's not pretentious, it's not larded with `depth' that reeks. It simply tells, through a couple dozen vignettes, the tale of a legendary man named Edward Bloom (not to be confused with pseudo-critic Harold Bloom nor James Joyce's Leopold Bloom). Ireviewed the film a while back, and found it to be wanting. That's the way a Tim Burton film can affect you. How that ceaselessly puerile director got a hold of this terrific little book and nearly ran it into the ground is beyond me. The actual book is, as the apothegm goes, much better than the film. Yes, there are many of the famed scenes from the film, but also alot more. The bond between Edward Bloom and his son William, narrator of film and book, is much more strongly developed, and the end far more poignant than the dumbed-down Disneyfied movie. In fact, the only really good purpose the film served was likely in increasing readership for the book. This is whypicked up a good copy at a used bookstore, and am thankful for the million dollar commercial the film turned out to be....Oddly enough, the book's episodic nature reminded me most of Girl, Interrupted, another very good book made into a mediocre movie. Of course, Big Fish is more expansive and light-hearted. It also is not in chronological order, as the tales wenf through time.In this way it greatly parallels the masterpiece of Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five. Yet, where Vonnegut's book took a real world `big event' and crammed it inward, to reveal the psychosis of its lead character, Big Fish takes the smallest nubs of a human relationship, and unfolds it writ large. It is also not a regional book, dependent upon place the way William Faulkner's books are, and it is far more lucid, taken as a whole, or some as tales that stand on their own, than the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer or Zora Neale Hurston. Wallace's colloquialism works well, and his sense of character is spot-on, both in those more realistic characters, and even in the fabular ones. I'd like to go more into depth on the book, but its being so short (I read it in little over an hour- but I am a fast reader) makes me loath to spoil some of its charm. Suffice to say, I recommend this book being read by everyone, regardless of age. I just hope Wallace's two later works Ray in Reverse and The Watermelon King are as good when I eventually find them on sale. Also, check out the author's website http://www.danielwallace.org/.

When the literary history of the millennial era is written, years from now, there is likely to be a writer by the name of Wallace who is declaimed one of the greats of his day, and it won't be the flatulent, talentless hack known as David Foster. He'll likely share my first name.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Novel of Understanding
This simple tale warms the heart.Just as William must learn to accept his father's tall tales, so too must we as readers.After all, don't we all just want to be "big fish in a big pond" in our own ways? ... Read more

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