March 28, 2013
Sophie’s Fish by A. E. Cannon, illustrated by Lee White
by A. E. Cannon,
illustrated by Lee White
When Sophie asks Jake to watch her fish when she goes out of town, Jake doesn’t hesitate to say yes. After all, how hard can it be to take care of one little fish?
But as he waits for Sophie and her fish, Jake starts to worry. Do fish need special food, special bed time stories and special comfort? In short order, he’s not at all sure that he’s the man for the task. By the time Sophie shows up with her fish bowl in her wagon, Jake has worked himself into a frenzy. Fish are so small and fragile. What if he messes up?
Author A. E. Cannon and illustrator Lee White work together to take full advantage of the picture book format. The text is short — at only 370 words — yet we get a good look at who Jake and Sophie are. Jake wants to help other people, but, like a lot of us, he isn’t 100% secure. White’s illustrations, which seem to involve collage, build on this picture of Jake by giving us a small boy with big glasses who has a tendency to look surprised and more than a bit pensive, and that’s on a good day.
You’re going to have to read this to get the full perspective on Sophie’s personality because there’s no way I can give you a clue who what kind of kid she is without also giving away the twist that ends this book. Suffice it to say — Funny stuffy!
This one would make a good read aloud for one child or a group. You could also use it as a talking point for discussions on responsibility, friendship and even worry.
Share this one with the young reader in your life today!