Toddlers will love this sturdy touch-and-feel book inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. With its fur, flaps, and feathers, this silly book will entertain your little one over and over again. Take a journey through the hilarious rhyming text and discover many creative pets in true Dr. Seuss style!
Before, During and After Reading
Introduce the title and the author of the book. Point to the letters in the author’s name and point out the distinctive features of a few. For example, you might say:
Dr. Seuss wrote the words in this book. Doctor starts with D. There are a lot of Ss in his name (point to the letters in Dr. Seuss)! See? Dr. Seuss writes silly words!
Bring attention to the pictures on the front cover and explore the different textures. Use the pictures to introduce the descriptive properties of rough/smooth, shiny/dull, and dark/light. For example, you could say:
I see a red fish and it looks like he’s swimming in a pond. See? The pond is shiny. The part of the cover that has words is dull. Let’s point to shiny — great! The pond is shiny. Now, let’s point to dull. That’s right, this part looks dull. Shiny (point) and dull (point). Let’s open the book and read some silly words!
Read the story rhythmically in a way that is fun and engaging. Use lots of variation in your voice and place emphasis on the rhyming pairs of words. This allows your toddler to hear the sound patterns of the rhymes. After several readings of the book, allow her to complete the rhymes for you. For example, you might say:
The moon was out and we saw some sheep. We saw some sheep take a walk in their __________(Pause and allow your toddler to say sleep).
As you read invite your toddler to experience the story with her hands. Encourage her to feel the texture of the fur, pull the tabs, and lift the flaps. These simple acts of pulling tabs and lifting flaps help to build your child’s fine motor skills.
As your toddler explores the fur, flaps and tabs, help foster her language by making conceptual connections throughout the story. For example, encourage her to pull the pink ink tab slowly as you say:
He likes to drink, and drink, and drink!
Help her to make the conceptual connection of full/empty by bringing her attention to the glass emptying as the Yink drinks the pink ink.