The Fish Who Wanted to Dance With the Stars

Children - Picture Book
39 Pages
Reviewed on 07/05/2022
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

“You become what you believe.” - Oprah Winfrey. The Fish Who Wanted to Dance With the Stars is a children’s picture book by Barbara Pinke. Pesho the Fish was fascinated with the twinkling stars at nighttime. He told his friends that he wanted to dance with the stars, but everyone except Seaya laughed at him. She encouraged him to believe in himself. Pesho went home even more determined to make his dream a reality. That night, Pesho left home and swam as close as he could get to the surface. A shooting star flew fast across the sky and Pesho wondered if it didn’t want to dance with him. He went home feeling sad and his mother offered advice that helped Pesho overcome the fear and negativity because others had mocked him.

“Nothing is impossible if you make up your mind to do something.” The Fish Who Wanted to Dance With the Stars is a motivational picture book about a fish who had big dreams to become friends with the stars and dance with them. Pesho’s friends laughed at his aspirations, saying it would never happen. Barbara Pinke’s cute story encourages children never to give up, even if others laugh at them. Maybe the ones who laugh also wish they could be as brave as Pesho for wanting to step out of his comfort zone, to explore and try something different. I adored the very bright illustrations and the colors used. I highly recommend this book for children, Never give up!

Joanne Moore

A lovely little book for younger children. Fantastic illustrations: vibrant and fun.
Positive message about not giving up.


Absolutely love this story. My youngest loves the positive message in it and the lovely pictures. It's a very inspiring story which the author tells really well!

Lovely book

Great book for kids

Etaine Raphael

I absolutely loved this story from start to finish! It has such heart and depth to it. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is inspirational and motivating to all who read it. You can do anything you set your mind to, even if it seems impossible at first! This is a wonderful growth mindset book too.


Darling book for kids who have big dreams!


Wonderful story, love this book!:)


I must say this has been one of my favourite picture books- since the day I saw the title I knew I had to read it! And I continue to reach out for it whenever I need a reminder to follow my dreams and showing persistence in this life journey.

Carli Valentine

This book was darling! My family loved the illustrations and I adored the message given to FOLLOW your DREAMS and to surround yourself with people (or fish) who believe in you! Just buy it! It will become a family favorite!


The perfect inspirational book for younger children!
We loved it!


A wonderful story and beautifully illustrated


Beautiful story, written in a very simple but colorful and no fluff style which keeps the little ones engaged with imagination.
Wonderful illustrations and really great message, Never give up on your dreams.
IMO it's a perfect read for up to 7 yo.
Waiting to read more books like this.


This is a delightful book that transported me and my grandchildren to an enchanting underwater world filled with hope and determination.
I loved reading it with my grandchildren and they really enjoyed the magical journey where dreams come true.