Holiday shopping can be quite overwhelming and time is running out for Mr Fish as he scrambles to find the perfect gift for everyone on his list. He might just discover that the best gifts come straight from the heart!
This book has such great rhythm and rhyme. I must have read it 10 times to my 6 month old and he paid attention with a great smile each and every single time.
SUMMARY: Mr. Pout-Pout Fish is having a hard time trying to decide what to get his friends for Christmas. He wants them to be big and important gifts and he wants them to be special. He goes to one store after another looking for the perfect gifts, but fails at each one. He feels that he will not be able to go to the Christmas party because he has nothing to give his friends. But Miss Shimmer comes along and teaches Pout-Pout a little something about the gift of self. This changes everything for Pout-Pout and his new perspective helps him enjoy Christmas to the fullest.
ILLUSTRATIONS: I always love the little details of Dan Hanna's illustrations. In one store you can find items lost at sea such as wallets, golf balls and even a coffee mug. You could also buy a massage in a bottle (instead of message), Blackbeard's other beard, or Mr. Limpets glasses. I enjoy looking at each page slowly just to pick up the many delightful background details as well.
REVIEW: What I love about the Pout-Pout series is that he always sees the negative aspect of things, but Miss Shimmer comes along and teaches him how to look at life from a positive perspective. Everyone ends up loving his gifts because he makes them himself and he knows his friends and the kinds of things they would want. In the end of a Pout-Pout story, it always boils down to good friendships winning the day. I love this message. This is a wonderful book to read before you do your own Christmas shopping. It will help keep it real and remind you about what a large portion of Christmas should be about.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 2-6
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