As you may have guessed, this story is all about
patterns. Each fish, or other sea creature, has a distinct visual pattern or two or three colors. And each also has a sound pattern. This is repeated a few times, leaving the last sound of the pattern for the next page, so children can figure out what the sound will be.
I’ve always admired children’s writers who can make math entertaining. One pattern after another could be pretty dry stuff, but the illustrations are cute, and best of all, the sounds are very rhythmic and enjoyable for young children to chant, especially in a group. And
the ending has a fun surprise!
There are patterns of shapes and sizes, too. If you’re teaching patterns, or even if you aren’t, you’ll find your students learn and have fun with this excellent book!