Hooray for Fish!

Written by Lucy Cousins

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • /f/ word initial position
  • /sh/ word final position
  • adjectives
  • describing
  • two word phrases


A sweet story about a little fish who travels through the sea, meeting all kinds of new fishy friends. We meet red, blue and yellow fish; spotty fish and stripy fish; a scary fish and even a hairy fish! At the end of Little Fish’s journey, he gets rewarded with a kiss by the fish that he loves the most, his mum.

Hooray for Fish is a colourful and engaging picture book packed with fun illustrations of all sorts of interesting-looking fish. The simple rhyming text makes for a fun read aloud, and the repetitive language allows children to join in with describing all the different fish. This book is perfect for expanding the utterances of little ones through simple two-word phrases (e.g. blue fish, happy fish, big fish, thin fish, etc.). The repetition of the word ‘fish’ on every page of the story, means it’s an excellent choice for children practising their use of the speech sounds /f/ and /sh/ at word level or in short phrases.

For further speech and language targets in Hooray for Fish, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Descriptive Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals - ocean
  • places - ocean

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /f/ - fish
  • /l/ - little, hello, yellow, shelly
  • /s/ blends - swim, spotty, scary, sky, stripy, splish, splash, splosh
  • /sh/ - fish, splish, splash, splosh
  • adjectives (e.g. little fish, spotty fish, stripy fish)
  • labelling
  • describing
  • differences
  • similarities
  • descriptive (shapes, colours, fat, thin, curly)
  • quantity (counting, many)
  • greetings / farewell
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Candlewick Press in 2008 (ISBN: 9780763639181)

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