I just love this book, Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Alexandra Boiger! At first glance the book appears to be a typical picture book, but it really comes into its own read to a bit older audience. I read it to several 4th grade classes and they loved it. There are just so many things to like about this title. The vocabulary is scrumptious. The main character is Miss Doreen Randolph-Potts who is described as an “ample, roundy fish.”
An Ample, Roundy Fish called Miss Doreen
Our students generally have limited vocabulary, so right away I like the interesting words the authors used like: ample, drowsy, gurgling, remarkable, and outing. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce words that the students probably have not heard before.
IB Key Concept: Perspective
You have to read this book with an ironic tone, as poor Doreen is really clueless. When the fisherman jerks the fish line and lifts Doreen into the air, she thinks she is going on an outing, but “Oh dear, Doreen. (pause). No. (pause). You’re not.” Part of the International Baccalaureate Program includes key concepts, perspective being one. This story is perfect to illustrate perspective. From Miss Doreen Randolph-Pitts point of view everything is rosy but in reality (or the reality from the fisherman’s or the great blue heron’s point of view) is different.
Treat yourself to this delightful story. It will make you laugh!
Have a happy summer!