The Birthday Fish

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Macmillan, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
2 Reviews
Cynthia loved ponies. All she could think about was ponies. Every birthday Cynthia wished for a pony and every birthday she got something else.

An adorable new picture book about an unlikely friendship

Cynthia has always wanted a pony of her very own and is sure her parents will give her one for her birthday. But to her dismay, they give her a goldfish instead. Determined to get rid of it, she puts the fish in her doll stroller and sets off toward the lake. But during the walk, Cynthia discovers that this is a little fish with a big personality- could it be even better than having a pony?

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User Review  - Kbenis1 - LibraryThing

I originally choose this story because I have gotten fish for my birthday in the past but by reading the first page I got a general since of the overall story. It opens with ‘Cynthia loves ponies’ and ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this deceptively simple tale, a child obsessed with ponies doesn't get one for her birthday. Cynthia is so sure that she's already picked out a name—Marigold—and such is her disappointment when ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Dan Yaccarino is the writer and illustrator of Unlovable. He has illustrated many books for children, including Bam, Bam, Bam by Eve Merriam. Mr. Yaccarino is also the creator and producer of the very successful Nickelodeon series Oswald. He lives with his family in New York City.

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