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From a New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond.
H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—for company. It's looking like it might be a pretty boring vacation, but one day, something exciting happens. Someone starts fixing up the old fountain down the street—the one Grandpa says horses used to drink from before everyone had cars—and a sign appears: "Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home." H, Little O, and Baby Em can't wait to send their goldfish on vacation, and the fish, well, they seem pretty excited too. Based on the true story of Hamilton Fountain in New York City, this charming tale of one special summer will delight readers young and old. Author’s Note included.
Praise for How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones:
"This book is
adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous." —
New York Times
Praise for Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph, illustrated by Leo Espinosa:
colorful, dynamic images that burst from the page." —
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This satisfying tale, based on true events, is about three children, three goldfish, and their summer adventures. An unused fountain in New York City, which had been neglected for many years, is suddenly cleared of garbage and spruced up. One June day, the children see a posted sign: "Coming in Two Weeks! Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home." The fountain is now ready to offer goldfish, donated temporarily by neighborhood children, a chance to enjoy a vacation, to mingle with their own kind, and swim outside the confines of a fish bowl. The three youngsters—H., Little O, and Baby Em—with assistance from a volunteer overseeing the project, deposit their fish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—in the fountain as do other "goldfish parents." What had been an area eyesore becomes a place for neighbors to gather and children to play while visiting their pets. The illustrations, done in pencil and Adobe Photoshop, have a clean, uncluttered appeal with plenty of white space as background. VERDICT This cheerful and charming tale is a great selection for one-on-one sharing and for vacation-themed storytime.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI
About the Author
Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of the
New York Times bestseller
How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister and its companions,
How to Get Married . . . by Me, the Bride and
How to Get a Job . . . by Me, the Boss. She has written many other books for children, including
Poor Doreen and
The House That's Your Home. She spent her childhood in Africa and England and now lives in New York City. Visit her at sallylloyd-jones.com, or on Twitter @sallylloydjones.
Leo Espinosa received the Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators for
Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph, which was also a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. His illustrations have graced the pages of the
New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, and the
New York Times, among many other publications. He is also a commercial artist whose work can be seen on toys, games, stationery, and clothing. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, he lives with his family in Salt Lake City. Learn more at studioespinosa.com.