Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert – Book Review

Fish Eyes by Lois EhlertThe front cover of Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert displays a smiling fish composed of six different colors.

Any baby book with a bright, colorful front cover is likely to be interesting for young babies.

The rest of the book is illustrated in similar style with multi-colored fish swimming through a blue background.

Fish Eyes has 32 pages. All have white text running across identical blue backgrounds. All have unique drawings of different types and colors of fish.

Readers more familiar with species of fish would be able to identify the pictures. I could only recognize sea horses, a flounder, and what I think is a humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

Arya didn’t care about the individual fish species, but she really liked staring at the different colors and sizes. As soon as she got bored with one page we just turned to the next page with new fishes.

Fish Eyes does have a basic story, but it focuses more on teaching children to count by having an increasing number of fish on each page. Whereas the first number page has a single green fish, the eighth has eight skinny fish. The size and shapes of fish change with their quantity.

For both its counting lessons and colorful pictures, Fish Eyes is great for young children not quite able to read themselves. Older kids will quickly tire of the lack of a story. Babies even younger than Arya will still like looking at the bright drawings and different shapes.

Lois Ehlert has written several dozen children’s books on topics focused on animals and the outdoors. Ehlert does not have a personal website. Her main publisher has a basic webpage with a list of her Simon & Schuster books. Her best known book, Color Zoo, was given a Caldecott Honor in 1989.

Fish Eyes costs (including shipping) $6.99 new and $3.99 used from Amazon.