BOOK REVIEWS

I Used to Be a Fish Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0062451987
LANGUAGE:English

"A brief overview to evolution that summarizes humanity's development from fish to future potential possibilites. I'm not sure who are the intended readers for this picture book. Is this supposed to be a simple introduction to evolution? The concept of evolution is an abstract idea that is too complex for preschool & early elementary readers and this attempt may only confuse young readers; yet, the cartoonlike illustrations and sparse text are too vague and lack the scientific background needed by older readers. Science teachers may find this an interesting resource to begin a science unit." said.

" Love this book! Teaches evolution to kids! " said.

" Evolution is hard to understand. One of the most common misconceptions is that an individual can evolve within a life span. The change that drives evolution has to to do with which individuals have babies, and which of those babies survive. Now I understand that nice picture books don't discuss reproduction and death of baby animals. And this is a very nice overview of animal evolution. But I just wanted to suggest that adults may want to point out the metaphor of the narrator isn't literal. " said.

"Very cute story about a fish that evolves into a human, and is telling their story. I enjoyed the boldly colored yet simplistic illustrations on mostly blank white pages. While I thought the presentation itself was good, I think that evolution is something that is a bit beyond the grasp of readers young enough to be reading picture books, but I imagine the target audience would actually find this book more funny than educational. There are some educational resources about evolution in the back, but even these use language that is beyond that of wee little readers. As an adult, I enjoyed the whimsical telling of the evolutionary process, I'm just not sure it's quite right for the age group that picture books generally aim for." said.

"Brightly-colored illustrations in the simple palette of red, blue, and white make the complicated history of evolution approachable for young kids. The overly simplistic text shows evolution through the ages as if it happened to a single organism. Although this makes it understandable for young ones, this misrepresentation of how evolution works could be confusing if one does not yet understand the concepts of “millions” and “billions” of years. Though it includes factual back matter that explains evolution more fully, this would only be useful for kids in the end of the age range for this book (second and third grade, perhaps). Its usefulness as a teaching tool may be limited, although its
funny story with large font and short sentences may still delight readers with its whimsy and bold illustrations.
" said.

" A brief look at evolution, told in very simple words and easy to understand. " said.

" This book is a bit peculiar. I'm not sure if a child would enjoy it or not. I thought it was odd but slightly funny as well. " said.

" I had such high hopes for this book based on the title. I was expecting something really funny, but it ended up being more of a colorful, simplified explanation of evolution. Which, by itself isn't that bad, but was so far off from what I expected that I ended up being really disappointed. " said.

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