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Turn little pouts into big smiles!   Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in this new Pout-Pout Fish book from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.


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Turn little pouts into big smiles!   Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in this new Pout-Pout Fish book from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.

30 review for The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    In case your tiny tyke is not already anxious about starting school, create unfounded fears by sharing this book! It's important to keep reminding kids that math is hard and they're no good at it. Plus really bad poetry. In case your tiny tyke is not already anxious about starting school, create unfounded fears by sharing this book! It's important to keep reminding kids that math is hard and they're no good at it. Plus really bad poetry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Mr. Fish returns in this third picture-book devoted to his adventures, following upon The Pout-Pout Fish and The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark , this time confronting the daunting experience of beginning school for the first time. Everywhere he goes, he finds that he doesn't have the requisite knowledge to succeed, something which only strengthens his naturally gloomy outlook, leading to his conclusion that he doesn't belong in school. Fortunately, his teacher Miss Hewitt gets to him Mr. Fish returns in this third picture-book devoted to his adventures, following upon The Pout-Pout Fish and The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark , this time confronting the daunting experience of beginning school for the first time. Everywhere he goes, he finds that he doesn't have the requisite knowledge to succeed, something which only strengthens his naturally gloomy outlook, leading to his conclusion that he doesn't belong in school. Fortunately, his teacher Miss Hewitt gets to him just in time, and leads him to the class for brand-new fish, where he finds he fits right in... Like its predecessors, The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School pairs a rhyming text from author Deborah Diesen with colorful artwork from illustrator Dan Hanna. Unlike its predecessors, the narrative here is somewhat awkward, with a rhyme scheme that often felt a little forced. "The class was doing writing, / And most everybody knew it. / So he tried to print his name... / But he just couldn't do it." Does one "do" writing? Can one say that "everybody knew it," when clearly what is meant is that everyone else knew how to do it (i.e.: write)? One can if the object is to force a rhyme, with little regard for the clarity of one's sentence. I don't recall encountering these problems in the other Pout-Pout Fish books - although this is the third title in the series, it is the fifth that I have read - which always struck me as scanning fairly well, with a sing-songy, limerick-style rhythm that would make for a good read-aloud. It's unfortunate, as I do think the message here, that you don't need to know everything at the beginning, and shouldn't compare your status as a new student with those who are already well established, and further along in their studies, is a positive one. I also appreciate the colorful artwork, with its many humorous details, such as the posters in Mr. Fish's school, advertising such things as Leonardo de Pinchy (a crab) or Michelanjellyo (a jellyfish). All in all, this was a mixed bag, and a bit of a disappointment for someone who enjoyed the other books about this piscine character and his underwater adventures. I think die-hard Pout-Pout Fish fans will probably still enjoy it, but it definitely isn't the strongest in the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    “It was good” says Grace, these are daddy’s favorite books to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Seals

    Have you read any books about Pout-Pout Fish before? If so, tell me some things you already know about Pout-Pout Fish. If this is your first time reading a Pout-Pout Fish book, we can use his name to learn a little bit about him. Pout means to push your lips out, like Pout-Pout Fish is doing on the cover. Let’s all give it a try! Why might you pout like Pout-Pout Fish? How do you think he feels about going to school? We’re going to read to find out why Pout-Pout Fish is worried about going to sc Have you read any books about Pout-Pout Fish before? If so, tell me some things you already know about Pout-Pout Fish. If this is your first time reading a Pout-Pout Fish book, we can use his name to learn a little bit about him. Pout means to push your lips out, like Pout-Pout Fish is doing on the cover. Let’s all give it a try! Why might you pout like Pout-Pout Fish? How do you think he feels about going to school? We’re going to read to find out why Pout-Pout Fish is worried about going to school. We’ll also find out what changes his mind and makes him smile. Opening Moves from Fountas and Pinnell: -Tell the meaning of a key word (pout) -Prompt children to anticipate a book by a favorite author (Deborah Diesen) -Prompt hypothesizing I chose The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School for the “First Week of Kindergarten” text set because Pout-Pout fish expresses many of the same worries students will have about school. A positive theme is reiterated throughout the book: You are smart, you can get it, you belong, so don’t forget it! This is a message I want my class to embrace as we begin to build classroom community in the first week of school. Resources Fountas, I. C., & Pinnell, G. S. (2006). Teaching for comprehending and fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading, K-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Retrieved June 6, 2016.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    LOVE POUT-POUT FISH.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    I love The Pout-Pout Fish and was excited to see this book at our local library's swap bin. I wasn't sure if it would be as good as the original, but I liked the back-to-school theme. I love The Pout-Pout Fish and was excited to see this book at our local library's swap bin. I wasn't sure if it would be as good as the original, but I liked the back-to-school theme.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tasia Sandlin

    This book is about a fish that goes to school for the first time and he ends up in the wrong class and he thinks he is not smart, he will never get it, he doesn’t belong, and he should just forget it. He continues to move on to find the class that he thinks he belongs in and continues to think he doesn’t belong. Mr.Fish begins to leave school and right before he gives up completely a nice teacher named Miss Hewitt tells him,” yes you do belong, you belong in my class for the brand new fish. Mr. This book is about a fish that goes to school for the first time and he ends up in the wrong class and he thinks he is not smart, he will never get it, he doesn’t belong, and he should just forget it. He continues to move on to find the class that he thinks he belongs in and continues to think he doesn’t belong. Mr.Fish begins to leave school and right before he gives up completely a nice teacher named Miss Hewitt tells him,” yes you do belong, you belong in my class for the brand new fish. Mr. Fish realizes that he is smart, he will get it, he does belong, and he won’t forget it. I really thought this book was super cute and taught a very important lesson for young children that they should never give up when things get hard. The part of the story that made me feel this way was when Mr. Fish runs into Miss Hewitt and she encourages Mr.Fish that he is smart. I would highly recommend this story to any younger elementary class, especially on the first day of school or the first week or two. This book might be used in the classroom on the first day of school as a book the students might can relate to or even halfway through the school year to remind students that when they think they are not capable of doing something that they actually can and that their teacher will be there to encourage them all the way to the end. This book can also be used for independent reading and small group because it has a lot of repetition and rhyming words.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Toni Facteau

    The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. There are 32 pages to this book and I gave it 2/5 stars because I did not believe it was a favorite, but I did enjoy the concept of the book. The genre of the book is Fiction, the grade level is Preschool-Kindergarten, the Lexile level is 490L and the Guided Reading Level is a L. This book is about Pout-Pout the fish who starts his very first day of school. He is very scared at looking at all o The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. There are 32 pages to this book and I gave it 2/5 stars because I did not believe it was a favorite, but I did enjoy the concept of the book. The genre of the book is Fiction, the grade level is Preschool-Kindergarten, the Lexile level is 490L and the Guided Reading Level is a L. This book is about Pout-Pout the fish who starts his very first day of school. He is very scared at looking at all of the classrooms. He begins to go into Math, Art, and Writing class, and he does not think he is good at anything. He gets very discouraged and wants to go home. Before he left the school, a new teacher had come across him and asked for him to go with her since he was not in the right classroom. She was his Kindergarten teacher and he was very happy to be in a place where he was smart and he could do well in. The activity that I would have 1st graders do would write a piece about their very first day of school and what they remember. We did an activity with this on the first day of school and how it is different or similiar than their first day of Kindergarten. The CCSS of this activity would be CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Ideal for easing youngsters' anxieties about the first day of school or facing anything new, this picture book recounts Mr. Fish's early school experiences. As he tries to find his classroom, he enters rooms where the students are working on tasks too hard for a brand new student, and he starts feeling hopeless. When he stumbles into his teacher, she reassures him and builds up the self-esteem of all her students. I like the positive affirmations that counteract all the negative tapes Mr. Fish w Ideal for easing youngsters' anxieties about the first day of school or facing anything new, this picture book recounts Mr. Fish's early school experiences. As he tries to find his classroom, he enters rooms where the students are working on tasks too hard for a brand new student, and he starts feeling hopeless. When he stumbles into his teacher, she reassures him and builds up the self-esteem of all her students. I like the positive affirmations that counteract all the negative tapes Mr. Fish was playing when he was unable to complete a task. The softly-colored illustrations feature great expressions on the faces of the fish as well as marine-related posters on the walls with quotes from Shark Twain or a fishy Great Artists series. These all add to the book's humor, which helps its positive message go down even more smoothly. Titles such as this one provide ready reassurance that new experiences don't have to be bad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    The most pun-filled picture book I've read in a while. A delightful story to help kids feel more comfortable at school. The most pun-filled picture book I've read in a while. A delightful story to help kids feel more comfortable at school.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cosette

    Almost as good as the original.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna. BOARD BOOK Farrar Straus Grioux, 2014. $8. 9780374308520 BUYING ADVISORY: PRE-K - NO AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Mr. Fish is headed off to his first day of school and is excited, but when he gets there he is lost. As Mr. Fish tries to find the correct classroom, he gets more and more discouraged. Just as he is about to quit school, his teacher finds him and shows him that he is going to fit right in. Pout-Pout Fish books ar The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna. BOARD BOOK Farrar Straus Grioux, 2014. $8. 9780374308520 BUYING ADVISORY: PRE-K - NO AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Mr. Fish is headed off to his first day of school and is excited, but when he gets there he is lost. As Mr. Fish tries to find the correct classroom, he gets more and more discouraged. Just as he is about to quit school, his teacher finds him and shows him that he is going to fit right in. Pout-Pout Fish books are adorable, but this one is not. I had so much anxiety for Mr. Fish as he was lost at school on his first day, trying classroom after classroom, but he was always in the wrong place. If you want to give your child anxiety about all the ways the first day of school can go wrong, read this to them. Also, this doesn’t work as a board book because it has a lot of text and Mr. Fish’s school setting seems more like a middle school not a preschool. C. Peterson https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Micaela

    *Read t0 my niece. Cute and well-illustrated. It's about a fish that stumbles into all the wrong classrooms with students much older than he is. He does not know how to do schoolwork at their level, so he thinks he isn't smart or good enough. Eventually, he ends up in the class with his grade, and his teacher reassures him that he is smart and capable. The only problem I find with the book is that, in the fish's correct class, everyone understands the lessons and can complete the work. What messa *Read t0 my niece. Cute and well-illustrated. It's about a fish that stumbles into all the wrong classrooms with students much older than he is. He does not know how to do schoolwork at their level, so he thinks he isn't smart or good enough. Eventually, he ends up in the class with his grade, and his teacher reassures him that he is smart and capable. The only problem I find with the book is that, in the fish's correct class, everyone understands the lessons and can complete the work. What message does that send to kids who are the same age and in the same grade as their classmates, but they don't understand the concepts or can't complete the work to the same degree that most of the class can because they have, for example, a learning disability? Even though the ending is meant to be hopeful, I think it's a bit discouraging. Books that emphasize that everyone has their own pace or has different talents/abilities might be better for kids. After all, we adults know that we don't use most of what we learned in school by the time we grow up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily Dirham

    The Pout-Pout Fish is back again, but this time he is heading to school! This adorable short story follows the Pout-Pout fish as he tries to navigate his first day of class. Bouncing from classroom to classroom, Pout-Pout fish is struggling to stop himself from making mistakes and getting frustrated. He feels behind and confused. Fortunately, Pout-Pout fish eventually finds his correct classroom and learns that mistakes are part of learning. This is a great book for a Kindergarten classroom or a The Pout-Pout Fish is back again, but this time he is heading to school! This adorable short story follows the Pout-Pout fish as he tries to navigate his first day of class. Bouncing from classroom to classroom, Pout-Pout fish is struggling to stop himself from making mistakes and getting frustrated. He feels behind and confused. Fortunately, Pout-Pout fish eventually finds his correct classroom and learns that mistakes are part of learning. This is a great book for a Kindergarten classroom or a new student in first or second grade. The fear of school is very real for some students, and Pout-Pout fish can definitely relate! I can see myself using this for the first day of school as a Kindergarten read aloud. There is also plenty of opportunity for silly voices and expression that makes the book much more exciting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    The Pout-Pout Fish is off to school, but he's lost as soon as he gets there. Every classroom he tries seems too advanced, and all the other students know what they're doing. Losing his smile and his confidence, Mr. Fish is about to leave school - it's not for him! - when one of the teachers, Mrs. Hewitt, finds him and leads him back to her classroom for NEW fish. That's where he starts to learn the skills he will need for his other classes. Lessons learned: 1. We are smart! 2. We can get it! 3. The Pout-Pout Fish is off to school, but he's lost as soon as he gets there. Every classroom he tries seems too advanced, and all the other students know what they're doing. Losing his smile and his confidence, Mr. Fish is about to leave school - it's not for him! - when one of the teachers, Mrs. Hewitt, finds him and leads him back to her classroom for NEW fish. That's where he starts to learn the skills he will need for his other classes. Lessons learned: 1. We are smart! 2. We can get it! 3. We belong! 4. We won't forget it! Although the original Pout-Pout Fish book is still my favorite, this off to school adventure has a positive message for all new students (fishy and otherwise).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kate

    As a reader, I first read this book because a little boy I babysit asked me if I would read a new book he got to him. As I was reading this book, I realized how I also found myself interested and learning a lesson through it. This book was a easy but fun read. I really enjoyed it so much I went and bought the book for myself! As a future teacher, I think this book is a great book to read in the classroom. It teaches the lesson to students that you aren't expected to know things that I (the teache As a reader, I first read this book because a little boy I babysit asked me if I would read a new book he got to him. As I was reading this book, I realized how I also found myself interested and learning a lesson through it. This book was a easy but fun read. I really enjoyed it so much I went and bought the book for myself! As a future teacher, I think this book is a great book to read in the classroom. It teaches the lesson to students that you aren't expected to know things that I (the teacher) haven't taught you yet. It is okay to not be perfect at something because some things take extra work. I think students need to be reassured this and this would be an awesome book to read to them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    SJ Loria

    I was expecting this to be a glamorization of whining and I was pleasantly surprised by the turn. He tells himself “I can’t do this / learn” a bit too many times but then the nice teacher directs him to the right part of fish school and the frown turns upside down. Interesting how many books are preparing children to co-exist with others in that thing called school. A lot of people have anxiety about school. It’s the one thing that we make people do (well, children do) where you have to mix with I was expecting this to be a glamorization of whining and I was pleasantly surprised by the turn. He tells himself “I can’t do this / learn” a bit too many times but then the nice teacher directs him to the right part of fish school and the frown turns upside down. Interesting how many books are preparing children to co-exist with others in that thing called school. A lot of people have anxiety about school. It’s the one thing that we make people do (well, children do) where you have to mix with all other types of people (except in private schools, of course). Obviously the benefits of compulsory education outweigh the negatives, but I just find it interesting that many people don’t like school and lots of books are basically getting people ready for school.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carson Gentry

    This book is about a fish who goes to school for the first time. Pout-Pout fish tries a lot of different subjects. He tries spelling, shapes, and math and still can't figure it out. He eventually decided to quit school. As he is leaving school has stopped by HIS teacher. The teacher encourages him and helps the fish succeeded. This was a very good book. I think that this book would be a great book to be a theme of a kindergarten classroom. I think that the teacher should read it on the first day This book is about a fish who goes to school for the first time. Pout-Pout fish tries a lot of different subjects. He tries spelling, shapes, and math and still can't figure it out. He eventually decided to quit school. As he is leaving school has stopped by HIS teacher. The teacher encourages him and helps the fish succeeded. This was a very good book. I think that this book would be a great book to be a theme of a kindergarten classroom. I think that the teacher should read it on the first day of school and encourage their student to not be the Pout-Pout Fish. You could also tell your student that you will be that teacher that encourages them and will make sure that they can do it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A long time ago, Pout-Pout Fish went to school for the very first time. He wandered from classroom to classroom, never able to do the work and he believed that he was incapable. As he tried to leave, his teacher found him and brought him into his preschool class and he discovered that he could do it, and so could his classmates. A wonderful book to read the first day of school for any child. A good reminder that we may think we cannot do something but with hard work we can accomplish anything. This A long time ago, Pout-Pout Fish went to school for the very first time. He wandered from classroom to classroom, never able to do the work and he believed that he was incapable. As he tried to leave, his teacher found him and brought him into his preschool class and he discovered that he could do it, and so could his classmates. A wonderful book to read the first day of school for any child. A good reminder that we may think we cannot do something but with hard work we can accomplish anything. This book would also be good to read on the last day of school to remind children how far they came in one year.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RikkasaurusReads

    A long time ago Mr. Pout pout fish went to school for the first time. It wasn't easy and he had trouble until he found the right place for him. I love the illustrations. Great book for kids starting school soon! My son liked it, and I thought it was cute. I would advise parents to think about your child's personality before purchasing this book/reading it to them; Are they easily worried? Shy? Nervous? If they have any fears at all about school, I'm not sure how this book will impact on a child w A long time ago Mr. Pout pout fish went to school for the first time. It wasn't easy and he had trouble until he found the right place for him. I love the illustrations. Great book for kids starting school soon! My son liked it, and I thought it was cute. I would advise parents to think about your child's personality before purchasing this book/reading it to them; Are they easily worried? Shy? Nervous? If they have any fears at all about school, I'm not sure how this book will impact on a child with preconceived fears about attending school for the first time. Use your knowledge of your child for best judgment.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This is the first Pout-Pout fish book that I have ever read, and to be honest, I am really not sure why everyone RAVES about this series. It is ok, but all it is about is a whiny little fish that pouts and then gets happy again. I think it should be renamed pout-pout toddler fish. I hope the rest of them are not like this, because that could make for a long series. My daughter likes the pout-pout fish, but that could also be where her "pouting" is coming from. Perhaps I should re-think reading t This is the first Pout-Pout fish book that I have ever read, and to be honest, I am really not sure why everyone RAVES about this series. It is ok, but all it is about is a whiny little fish that pouts and then gets happy again. I think it should be renamed pout-pout toddler fish. I hope the rest of them are not like this, because that could make for a long series. My daughter likes the pout-pout fish, but that could also be where her "pouting" is coming from. Perhaps I should re-think reading these to her. Ha!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Miller

    This book was inspirational because along the way I found myself wanting the pout-pout fish to keep trying, and I think it would send a good message to students that they can be successful in school because there are teachers there who care about them. The book also rhymed, which made it easier to follow along to. Topics: rhyme, letters, counting, shapes, school, motivation, inspiration, keep trying, positive attitudes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I think I may have found one of the best first day of school books ever. First off, it is all sing song rhyme that would be great during storytime. But it's the story. The Pout Pout Fish goes from room to room in his new school and he can't do it so he wants to forget it. That is until the right teacher comes along and tells him the 4 facts, that every new student needs to hear. I am in love with this book. I think I may have found one of the best first day of school books ever. First off, it is all sing song rhyme that would be great during storytime. But it's the story. The Pout Pout Fish goes from room to room in his new school and he can't do it so he wants to forget it. That is until the right teacher comes along and tells him the 4 facts, that every new student needs to hear. I am in love with this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ro Menendez

    Mr. Fish's first experience at school starts out very disappointing. He enters various classrooms of students who are older than he is, know things he does not know, and although he tries to do the work he cannot. Finally when he is going to give up and leave school his "Kinderguppy" teacher finds him and leads him to the correct class where the negative refrain the reader has been exposed to by Mr. Fish 3 times is corrected and repeated 3 times. Mr. Fish's first experience at school starts out very disappointing. He enters various classrooms of students who are older than he is, know things he does not know, and although he tries to do the work he cannot. Finally when he is going to give up and leave school his "Kinderguppy" teacher finds him and leads him to the correct class where the negative refrain the reader has been exposed to by Mr. Fish 3 times is corrected and repeated 3 times.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was just weird. Who doesn’t notice a random kindergartener going from class to class who then just up and leaves? And I’m trying to teach my kid NOT to say he can’t do things and give up right away, (which I guess the book is also trying to do?), so having this stupid fish repeat it over and over again is really not helpful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    The Brothers

    Pout-Pout fish reminisces about his first day of school and how when you end up in the wrong place, you will feel stupid and that you can't do what's expected. But! Once you find that right space, everything can change. Cute, colorful illustrations. Pout-Pout fish reminisces about his first day of school and how when you end up in the wrong place, you will feel stupid and that you can't do what's expected. But! Once you find that right space, everything can change. Cute, colorful illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    AMY

    This is a cute rhyming story. It is a great story about not giving up even though you may feel like a failure. Excellent adventures and solution at the end. Elementary counselors will love this one. I would buy for my library. Highly recommended for Grades K - 2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mouse

    This book made me cry! I just started working at a preschool, and I started reading through this book to see if it was a good one to read aloud to my three-year-olds. I think it would be great for them, if I don't start crying again at the last page. This book made me cry! I just started working at a preschool, and I started reading through this book to see if it was a good one to read aloud to my three-year-olds. I think it would be great for them, if I don't start crying again at the last page.

  29. 5 out of 5

    J

    This is an adorable book about kids starting school and dealing with fear and anxiety. My students loved the last refrain lines which helped seal the book's message, "We are smart!; We can get it!; We belong!; We won't forget!" This is an adorable book about kids starting school and dealing with fear and anxiety. My students loved the last refrain lines which helped seal the book's message, "We are smart!; We can get it!; We belong!; We won't forget!"

  30. 5 out of 5

    gina

    We are on a Pout Pout fish kick at a our house. This is the first featuring Mr. Fish that we've read and my son (nearly 4) is hooked. He's sent me back to the library with strict instructions to get all the Pout Pout fish books I can find. I'm good with that! We are on a Pout Pout fish kick at a our house. This is the first featuring Mr. Fish that we've read and my son (nearly 4) is hooked. He's sent me back to the library with strict instructions to get all the Pout Pout fish books I can find. I'm good with that!

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