Goldfish on Vacation

By: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Illustrator: Leo Espinosa

This humorous tale is based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencil and Photoshop.

ISBN: 9780385386128

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Family life , Grandfathers , Goldfish , Vacations , Fountains , City life , Neighbors and neighborhoods

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

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 Su 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

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Three city-dwelling siblings, goldfish owners, feel sad for the derelict, once-magnificent fountain at the end of their street. Then a sign appears on the fountain: “COMING IN TWO WEEKS! CALLING ALL GOLDFISH LOOKING FOR A SUMMER HOME.” Day by day, the children and their grandfather watch as a park worker cleans up the fountain, turning Three city-dwelling siblings, goldfish owners, feel sad for the derelict, once-magnificent fountain at the end of their street. Then a sign appears on the fountain: “COMING IN TWO WEEKS! CALLING ALL GOLDFISH LOOKING FOR A SUMMER HOME.” Day by day, the children and their grandfather watch as a park worker cleans up the fountain, turning it back into something beautiful and functional. When it is ready, the children, along with others in the community, bring their goldfish and plop them in. Lloyd-Jones’s straightforward telling of this amiable story is amplified by Espinosa’s bright illustrations, which bring a sense of joy to every page. Both text and art hew to the young protagonists’ perspective as they look out their window at the fountain, listen to Grandpa tell stories, and finally join neighbors of all ages and races to bring their goldfish outside for their summer vacation. Of particular delight is the double-page spread that appears at this point in the narrative, showing the gleeful goldfish in their new environment. In an author’s note, Lloyd-Jones tells of the true event that inspired the story. monica edinger

Book Details

ISBN

9780385386128

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.1; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD640L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Schwartz & Wade

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Family life, Grandfathers, Goldfish, Vacations, Fountains, City life, Neighbors and neighborhoods,

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