Gertrude and the Magical Fish
For many years, Gertrude has lived in the magical Avalon with her best friend and cat, Mr. Whiskers. It’s a wonderful place where she has everything she needs except one thing – a person to keep her company. With her family long gone, Gertrude must find someone to keep her company and she finds it in the most unlikely place imaginable – a talking fish! Together, she and Leeka, the fish, form a bond and become great friends but just as Gertrude became lonely, so does Leeka and they must decide to do what’s best for themselves and their friendship.
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Gertrude and the Magic Fish is a children’s book written by Angela Emily Neveins and illustrated by Mahfuja Selim. Once upon a time there a little old lady named Gertrude who lived at Avalon. It was a very nice place to live, but her family had grown up and left home, leaving her to live alone with her cat, Mr. Whiskers. They had a happy and contented life. Gertrude raised beautiful flowers and delicious fruit and took long walks. She was happy, but she missed her family. One day, when she was taking a walk by a peaceful stream, she was overcome with her emotions and began to cry. A fish swam by and discovered the old woman sobbing. After asking why, the fish became a cute little girl with bulging eyes. The child, Leeka, came to live with Gertrude, who loved and treated her like a granddaughter. After quite some time, Leeka began to miss her family. Gertrude encouraged her to return to the water and be a fish again. While Gertrude missed Leeka, she knew she had done the right thing.
Gertrude and the Magic Fish is a delightful read, demonstrating that sometimes you have to let go of the ones you love. The illustrations are beautifully done with bright colors. I love the way the illustrator created faces that conveyed the emotions of the characters. The story is cute and easy to understand. I would suggest this book for preschoolers and lower elementary students. This tale will be a nice addition to a child’s book shelf or a classroom shelf.