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