OUT FOR GOOD by Thierry Dedieu


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Panda and Koala are bored, so they decide to adopt a goldfish as their new friend. Despite their friendship kisses (deposited on the fish bowl’s glass), though, the fish is unhappy, and leaps out of the bowl in frustration. The two fuzzy friends decide that the best solution is to set the goldfish free. In the picture-book version of acclimatization, they start the fish out in the bathtub, proceed to a swimming pool, and eventually set it free in the deep blue sea. Panda and Koala are portrayed in bold strokes of poster paint, looking cuddly and slightly befuddled. Unlike their maneuvers in Hunting for Fur (p. 1115), Panda and Koala’s quest is as endearing as many of the plans of children, with some of the same drawbacks; they add salt to the bath water to prepare their fish for the saline ocean, which would kill a real goldfish. A fun book to read—but don’t encourage children to try the salt trick at home. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 9th, 1999
ISBN: 0-385-32634-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1998


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