Trout, Trout, Trout!

trout.jpgThis one’s from the vault! Published in 2004, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) (Northword Press, $15.95) appeals to the ADD kid in me. Written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Trip Park, this high energy picture book is a veritable rappin’ romp through the wet and wild world of water dwellers. Check this out:


Freshwater drum
Lake Chub
Creek Chub
Chum Chum Chum!
Sockeye Salmon
Arctic Char
Mooneye, Walleye
Gar, Gar, Gar!


Every page features the most Technicolor, kinetic, emotional fish you can imagine. Who would think fish could be so interesting? This is serious fun during brain gym or whenever the kids need to stomp, clap and rap about the great diversity of fish species. Northword Press doesn’t have the reach of the larger publishers, but you have to see this and try it out with kids to see the magic at work. All the fish are freshwater fish found in North America. Most are native, but here are some immigrants, such as carp. Pulley Sayre dishes about each fish at the end of the book. I’m going to check out her two newer offerings in this same vein and also just discovered the book can also be purchased in paperback for $7.95. Learn more at


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