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The Birthday Fish

by Dan Yaccarino

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2005-06-01)

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Amazon Description

Cynthia loved ponies. All she could think about was ponies. Every birthday Cynthia wished for a pony and every birthday she got something else.

An adorable new picture book about an unlikely friendship

Cynthia has always wanted a pony of her very own and is sure her parents will give her one for her birthday. But to her dismay, they give her a goldfish instead. Determined to get rid of it, she puts the fish in her doll stroller and sets off toward the lake. But during the walk, Cynthia discovers that this is a little fish with a big personality- could it be even better than having a pony?

One Potato Review

Yaccarino’s books don’t always look like much, but they can surprise you sometimes with a lasting impression. Here it’s a credit to the notion that we end up cherishing a thing only by caring for it first. The girl in this story is ostensibly covetous and spoiled (and unrealistic: she wants a pony?), and the goldfish is the gift she deserves (laconic, a little cowardly, and not magical in any legendary way). Still, everybody gets their wishes in the end, without knowing, or slippery hugs.

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