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The Birthday Fish

by Dan Yaccarino

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Cynthia wants a pony, and gets a goldfish. They become friends, as the fish is talking. ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 18, 2014 |
I originally choose this story because I have gotten fish for my birthday in the past but by reading the first page I got a general since of the overall story. It opens with ‘Cynthia loves ponies’ and throughout the story we hear her talk about how many times she has asked her parents for a pony but she instead she gets a fish. She doesn’t want the fish in the beginning and it shows her being extremely ungrateful. Overall the book teaches about loving what you get and no matter what, every living thing is important. Cynthia grows attached to the fish and starts to take safe care of it. For example when the fish is upset and uneasy about being near the cat, Cynthia crosses the street. Additionally she lets the baseball team know to be extra careful as she is walking by to ensure that the fish tank does not get damaged. The reader gets to see an empathic point of view and have concrete examples of compassion. Cynthia eventually names her fish marigold in the end which is what she was going to name her fist pony. Readers get to see her love develop and see how she becomes attached to her new pet fish that she never thought she would. ( )
  Kbenis1 | Sep 27, 2013 |
This book is an easy read, and would be a good lesson to teach kids that they can't always get everything that they wish for. However, the things that we get may not turn out to be so bad after all. It would be a good book to read around Christmas, even though that it isn't Christmas themed. http://www.danyaccarino.com/dy/
  akomary | Apr 6, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805074937, Hardcover)

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?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:09 -0400)

Cynthia has always wanted a pony for her birthday, but when she blows out the candles on her cake this year, she gets a surprise.

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