I am so grateful to the Kohl’s Cares Program, because they are sharing so many wonderful, quality books for only $5. I hadn’t had a chance to read this new book they are offering, and I just love it! It is so much fun to read stories that have a catchy refrain that makes children want to join in and chant along. You just can’t help but join in … “I’m a Pout-Pout fish, with a pout pout face, so I spread the dreary wearies all over the place!” The illustrations are really engaging too. The colors are bright and the characters have personality. The story is told in rhyme, and includes some great new vocabulary words like tentacles, grimace, and locomotion. But my favorite part of this book is the way it shows how your feelings affect other people. Young children are usually very egocentric, it can be difficult for them to see another point of view, or understand other people’s feelings and reactions. In this story. while the Pout Pout Fish was spreading dreary wearies all over the place, other ocean animals were trying to encourage him to cheer up. The whole idea that when you have a “pout pout face” you ARE spreading dreary wearies is a good introduction to a discussion about how our feelings, and the way we act affects other people. I thought it would be fun to make a chart – or list – of other types of feelings, and what you would be spreading if you were experiencing those feelings. Here are a few ideas … You could recite the chant, replacing Pout Pout like this: I’m a Giggle Giggle Fish, with a Giggle Giggle face so I spread lots of laughing all over the place. You could also encourage them to think of positive behavior traits too – a Friendly Friendly Fish, or a Sharing Sharing Fish, etc. Here are some clipart pictures of fish. If you click on the pdf link after the pictures you will find enlarged copies. You could laminate these, or put them on necklaces and pass them out to children. They might work in pairs or as a whole group to think about what trait each fish has – friendly, pokey, angry, helpful, etc. and then what they would “spread all over the place.” Then they could chant the phrase from the book about their fish. fish pics Later the children could choose what kind of fish they would be and create it by cutting out a construction paper fish or drawing a picture. Then they could think and write about what they would be spreading “all over the place.” Here are a few samples of writing papers you might like to use. Or you could post their writing next to fish they draw or make: I noticed that the children in my class often had trouble filling in the blanks with this type of writing – if they couldn’t read all the words they weren’t sure what they were supposed to write, and where to write it – so I like this form a little better. I’ve been having fun reading this book to my grandchildren!. I hope you get a chance to pick up a copy at Kohls and that you’ll enjoy reading it to the children in your life too!