FLASH THE FISH by Paul Kor

FLASH THE FISH

by ; illustrated by ; translated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
BUY NOW FROM
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A tale of a fish and a whale, originally published in 1990 in Israel.

When a small silver fish meets a large black whale, one might assume that trouble would ensue, but that is hardly the case in this foil-decorated tale of friendship and helpfulness. Once Flash, a minnow fashioned from silver foil, bravely ascertains that what he initially mistakes for a mountain is actually a young and tearful lost baleen whale, he vows to find the whale’s parents, which results in an undersea adventure and builds a bond that will clearly last into the future. While in real life, Flash makes an unlikely playmate, in this ocean fantasy, he proves that size doesn’t count in matters of friendship. Dispatching his numerous, equally shiny relations to search for the whale’s parents while he keeps the lost calf company, he brings about a joyous reunion, finds a new pal, and has a very enjoyable day as well. The text is, for the most part, clear and straightforward, but Flash rather unfortunately opines that crying is babyish, and in terms of plot, his decision to send his family and friends out to save the day rather than helping the young whale find her parents herself feels unsatisfying. The foil may strike U.S. readers as no great shakes—it inevitably calls Rainbow Fish and its successors to mind—and overall, the story and moral are on the slight side. Still, young listeners will likely enjoy the sparkly silver and the mild suspense and identify with the excitement of making a new friend.

A flawed yet pleasant and accessible tale of friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 4th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-735-22746-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2017




MORE BY ANNETTE APPEL

ChildrenTHE CHAMELEON THAT SAVED NOAH'S ARK by Yael Molchadsky
by Yael Molchadsky
ChildrenAN AFTER BEDTIME STORY by Shoham Smith
by Shoham Smith
ChildrenJUST LIKE I WANTED by Elinoar Keller
by Elinoar Keller
ChildrenLITTLE NAOMI, LITTLE CHICK by Avirama Golan
by Avirama Golan

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBIG AL AND SHRIMPY by Andrew Clements
by Andrew Clements
ChildrenAMOS & BORIS by William Steig
by William Steig