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A Place for Fish by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Higgins Bond

Published by Peachtree Publishers

Pages: 32

Ages: 6-10

Publishers Summary: This fact-filled, colorful look at the amazing world of fish includes a call to action to protect these beautiful creatures.

In this simple introduction to fish and ecology, Melissa Stewart shares with young readers the behavior and beauty of fish and describes specific ways people can help protect them and their natural habitats.

Children learn basic facts about fish, including where they live, what they eat, and how they benefit plants and other animals. Sidebars throughout the book contain information on human action that has harmed fish and on the many ways people can protect threatened fish populations, such as by preserving reefs and other marine habitats and by restricting overfishing in sensitive areas. Pointers on how youngsters can help fish in their own community are also included.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Did you know that Hammerhead Sharks are so cool?! They have lived for a very very very long time and  like to swim all over the place! I love their noses, so neat! We just have to be careful about all those nets so they don’t get caught.

“Oh! And did you know there are fish shaped like horses? Wow! And some fish don’t ever sleep, that’s so neat! I wish I could tell my parents to let me do that! There are even some fish that look like they have my dad’s saw for a nose, so weird! And did you know that bears and big birds like to eat fish? I think that’s kind of yucky, but that’s what they like. Plech!

“This is such a neat book! We have a fish tank here at home, but it doesn’t have all these cool fish in it. We went to an aquarium once to see a lot of these. You will learn so much more about fish by reading this book and hopefully we can help the fish keep their homes too!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Melissa Stewart is back with another incredible book in her A Place for… series. Along with the incredibly talented illustrator, Higgins Bond, Stewart brings the world of fish to life before your very eyes in A Place for Fish. Help children understand the implications of our actions on these creatures that have been in existence for ages. As well as help the reader know what can be done to improve the living conditions for all involved.

“Our home has long been fans of the A Place for… series. Our first book was A Place for Frogs and needless to say it has yet to be relegated to the un-read shelf. At least once a week or more either Littlebug or more likely, Turkeybird will pull it off the shelf and sit down to stare at the gorgeous illustrations as well as the new things to discover when we go outdoors. It’s been incredible to watch them both take what they read in these books and bring it outdoors into their daily lives and they are still quite young. I anticipate as they get older we’ll be able to incorporate more of the conservation aspects with them in ways that they can actively engage in, outside of currently recycling and composting.

A Place for Fish is no exception in the series in beauty and I’d dare say it’s quite possibly replaced A Place for Frogs as our favorite. This could possibly be because we have a small fish tank in our home that can be used to illustrate some of the concepts from the book. It’s been incredibly enjoyable to talk with both Littlebug and Turkeybird about keeping our fish healthy and what we can do to keep fish outdoors healthy as well.

“A gorgeous non-fiction book that borders on fiction purely because of it’s beauty, A Place for Fish is a book that begs to be read by even the very young. With fish relying on our mindful conservation of their environment it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start with children in terms of teaching them. The A Place for… series has provided a solid background, not only of the animals it centers around, but the ways in which we can help to benefit both ourselves and the animals toward a bright healthy future. Young readers will marvel at the beautiful fish, opening their minds to a world of possibilities and older readers will learn how to incorporate the lessons they learn as they read the book and interact with nature. Those who read A Place for Fish will be stunned by the beautiful illustrations and extremely pleased with the educational content that’s accessible even for the youngest of readers.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. Young and old will be able to incorporate the wonderful messages learned directly into their time outdoors!

Make sure to stop by the other “Fins, Wings and Other Things” Blog Tour hosted by Peachtree Publishers! To learn more about Peachtree Publishers also check out our Book Publishers 101 feature where we spent an entire month with this spectacular publisher!

Monday 4/11:
A Word’s Worth – Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Archimedes Notebook – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Tuesday 4/12:
A Patchwork of Books – Guest post by Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Abby the Librarian – Review of Bring On the Birds
Jenn’s Bookshelves – Review of A Place for Fish
Wednesday 4/13:
Simply Science – Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Book Dads – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Archimedes Notebook – Interview with Kathryn O. Galbraith, author of Planting the Wild Garden
There’s a Book (That’s us!) – Review of A Place for Fish
Thursday 4/14:
Book Dads – Interview with Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator of Planting the Wild Garden
A Word’s Worth – Review of About Habitats: Grasslands
Abby the Librarian – Interview with Susan Stockdale, author/illustrator of Bring On the Birds
Friday 4/15:
There’s a Book (That’s us!) – Interview with Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Jenn’s Bookshelves – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Saturday 4/16:
Devourer of Books – Review of Bring On the Birds


Thanks to the publisher, Peachtree Publishers, I have one copy of A Place for Fish by Melissa Stewart to giveaway! Thank you!

Details: One winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US Residents only. The giveaway will run from April 13, 2011 until April 30, 2011 midnight EST.

Thank you to the publisher, Peachtree Publishers, for providing a copy for review and giveaway! Find Peachtree Publishers Site at their Blog, Twitter and Facebook!
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9 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: A Place for Fish by Melissa Stewart

  1. gwendolyn b. says:

    I would love to win this for my niece. Thanks so much for the chance!

  2. Joanna says:

    Am passionate about animal books, so thanks so much for introducing me to this series, which I didn’t know.

  3. Gina says:

    Don’t you just love Peachtree’s selections? Always entertaining…and yet so many that are informative too, like this little gem. Great review…best of luck to everyone on the contest!

  4. Sorilla says:

    I am Canadian 🙂 do not enter me!
    Oh my, “The Turkeybird Speaks” review is so-so-so cute!!! Let him review more books, he is such an intelligent little man, tell him I love him <3!

    ~ Sorilla

  5. Kristen M. says:

    We love fish! I’ll keep an eye out for this one if we don’t win a copy!

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