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The Only Fish in the Sea

by Philip C. Stead

Other authors: Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)

Series: Sadie (2)

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Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue little Ellsworth, the goldfish Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw right into the ocean.

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This is a book about how a little girl received a gold fish for her birthday, but she chooses to throw it in the ocean instead because it's boring. Two of her friends go chasing after the fish, and she spends her birthday alone.
  Kelsey-Funkhouser | Dec 2, 2018 |
This book is about this little girl named Little Amy Scot who at her birthday party openly declares that goldfish are boring after receiving one from her friend and tosses it into the ocean. It follows two friends, Sadie and Sherman who go to rescue Ellsworth (the goldfish that got thrown into the sea). They borrow a boat, get supplies, and set out on their adventure to rescue the fish. In the end, Little Amy Scott spends her birthday alone.
  arilove808 | Apr 11, 2018 |
Sadie and Sherman set out to save the goldfish Ellsworth, who was a birthday present for Little Amy Scott. She ungratefully threw him in his plastic bag into the sea. Sadie creates an elaborate rescue plan. Ellsworth ends up with a happy life in the town fountain, surrounded by friends, and Little Amy Scott ends up alone. ( )
  Tarawyn | Dec 2, 2017 |
rescuing a goldfish, and finding him a new home ( )
  melodyreads | Oct 23, 2017 |
When little Amy Scott takes the goldfish her parents gave her as a birthday gift and dumps him in the ocean, bowl and all, a boy named Sherman alerts his friend Sadie, and together they embark on an extraordinary voyage to rescue the abandoned piscine companion. Ellsworth - every fish deserves a proper name, explains Sadie - may not know it, but he has some redoubtable champions in these two children, who not only rescue him, but make sure he has a proper home...

A follow up to author Philip C. Stead and illustrator Matthew Cordell's Special Delivery, which chronicled Sadie's extraordinary efforts to deliver an elephant to her great-aunt, The Only Fish In the Sea pairs a similarly heartwarming tale with quirky, humorous illustrations. Sadie is a wonderful little captain, and Sherman a worthy first mate, and their kindness in tracking down Ellsworth stands in stark contrast to Amy Scott's thoughtless cruelty. The story here reminded me a bit of an incident I witnessed once at work, in which a magician, hired to work at a Harry Potter event, left behind a school of goldfish he had used in one of his magic tricks, with instructions to flush them down the toilet. For him, these tiny living things were disposable, and having used them, he had no more thought for them, or any responsibility he might have toward them. Sadly, we didn't have the proper facilities to care for the fish, and only one of the eight survived until we could provide a better environment than a shallow plastic bowl. Stead's narrative reminded me a bit of Pippin (our fish) in this regard, and his experience being dumped as so much refuse.

Leaving aside that personal recollection, this is one that I would recommend to anyone who read and enjoyed the earlier book about Sadie, as well as to those looking for picture-books about the humane treatment of our animal companions. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Aug 22, 2017 |
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Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue little Ellsworth, the goldfish Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw right into the ocean.

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Did you hear about little Amy Scott? She got a goldfish for her birthday and then just threw it in the ocean! That doesn't seem right.

I guess Sherman and Sadie will have to go save little Ellsworth (every fish deserves a proper name) on their own. They'll need:

A boat
Fishing gear
Twenty-one pink balloons
A bucket of paint
Appropriate headwear in case of weather--good or bad

Don't worry. Ellsworth is in good hands now, but what ever happened to little Amy Scott?
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