the little red fish pillow project

August 23, 2010

This is one of those books that blew me away. It's a work of art.

The Little Red Fish
The Little Red Fish by Tae Eun Yoo

A little boy goes to the library for the first time with his grandfather. He brings along his little red fish and ends up having an adventure. 

The fish gets away and he chases it through the library and ends up falling into a book! (How fun is that?) 

Juliet was mesmerized by the story and the illustrations. We had a lot of fun conversations about which books we'd like to fall into. 

The next part of this post could be titled: What NOT to do in your four hours of free time while your child is at preschool...unless you are insane

Which--I clearly am. So, here goes. 

I had a throw pillow that I wanted to recover for Juliet's bed. Inspired by the fish, I sewed a little fish bowl out of some fabric and some plastic. 

See? He hops out just like in the book!

Slide him back inside when you are done playing...

The little red fish is made out of felt and covered in cat hair. 
You can see that the stitching is not that great, but it works. 

The point of this post is that you should go check out this book! It's really, really, really, good. And you should find better ways to spend your free time than sewing crazy book-inspired crafts. 

However, if you wanted to do this with your kids, you could easily cut a red fish from construction paper, draw a fish bowl, and glue on some plastic leaving an opening at the top. It would take a lot less time and be just as fun to play with. 


Silver Rose said...

I love the idea, even if you thought it was crazy! It's so cute! I don't think I've read that book before, I will have to check it out!

Ticia said...

I'd never do that. Or maybe I should say I'd never again do that. Oh wait, I don't think I can honestly say that either.

Candice S. said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! My daughter, Harmony and I, are avid readers and constant lovers of a great children's book! You always incorporate such inspiration between the love of the story to the real life illustration.


Roo @ NiceGirlNotes said...

Oh, but that is just so darling! Now I need to read this book.

Love and Lollipops said...

This is seriously super cute and special as always!! I love how you think...that's exactly how I like to spend free time...who needs to cook and clean?:)

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Vanessa! You are so fun! I adore that book. It's almost so good it's haunting!


Lindsey said...

This is so cute! I like your idea to make it out of construction paper, too. :)

Chels said...

You're so funny Vanessa! I love reading tidbits of your 'life'! I think the fishbowl turned out good but 4 hours does sound a little insane! We read this book recently!

Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

I definitely want to find this book now! And the cat hair detail is just great ;-)

Kristin said...

What a creative idea

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