Guppy Up! by Jonathan Fenske

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Guppy Up!
Jonathan Fenske
Penguin Young Readers, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-448-46331-5
FORMAT: Easy Reader
AGES: Preschool, early Elementary School
3.5 Stars

This is a rhyming story with a guppy. “Guppy up. Guppy down. Guppy smile. Guppy frown.” The rhymes showcase not only sounds but also some opposite concepts (as in the up vs down and the smile vs frown). The whimsical guppy drawing with loose black lines give this story a silly, carefree feeling. Yet the small amount of text on each page along with the iconic guppy showcasing the rhyme will bring a smile to the very early readers (and perhaps the parents who wouldn’t want to read about seeing “spot run” or other such early reader stories). This is a fun addition to the early literacy book family. Nice!

What to do after reading this book:
Find an object and see how many rhymes you can make it “do” (like “Guppy stop. Guppy go. Guppy fast. Guppy slow.”).
Go to a pet shop and visit a guppy. Perhaps buy a guppy.
Visit an aquarium and look at the fish there.
Find rhymes around the house or neighborhood.
Make a fish stick puppet or a fish paper bag puppet.

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