The Walking Fish

The Walking Fish


Children - Adventure
192 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2015
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Author Biography

Rachelle Burk is a children’s author, social worker, clown, and storyteller. She writes fiction and nonfiction for children, including books, magazine pieces, and poetry. Rachelle scuba dives, explores caves, and volunteers on a rescue squad. With her background as a children’s entertainer, she’s a hit at School Visit programs. Visit her on the web at: www.Rachelleburk.com


Kopel Burk is a retired physician who writes, sculpts, and remains active on the bioethics committee at his hospital. He conceived the idea for The Walking Fish over 40 years ago, when he told early versions of the story to his young children, nieces and nephews. His co-author is one of those nieces. At 86, this is his first book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Walking Fish by Rachelle Burk and Kopel Burk is a funny and adventurous story where Alexis, a seventh grade student, makes an exciting discovery that a blind fish can walk. It all starts when she catches a strange looking fish that resembles a living fossil. She and her friend Darshan try to find more of its kind and they go snorkeling, looking down from a helicopter, and exploring a cave. The search for the flying fish sees Alexis almost losing her friend. The story has an educational theme and it blends science and literature together in an interesting combination.

The author does a great job of weaving together the scientific and the literary and creating an entertaining story for young readers. The determination and perseverance of the main character, Alexis, is noteworthy and an inspiration to readers. The narration is simple, charming and detailed, making the scenes very visual and clear. I found the combination of science and literature very appealing and the author seems to balance it well. The literary side of the plot makes the science part easy to comprehend. The story is developed well and the characters are well portrayed so that they leave a lasting impression in the minds of readers. I enjoyed the pace and movement of this engaging story. It is fluid and captures one's attention. It can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it takes the imagination of readers to another level.

Miriam Gold

AS A RETIRED READING TEACHER, WOULD HAVE LIKED HAVING THIS WELL WRITTEN, ENGAGING BOOK IN MY REPERTORY. IT'S A WONDERFUL SOURCE FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION DEPENDING ON THE AGE LEVEL AND THE INTEREST OF THE READER. ADULTS WILL ENJOY IT AS WELL!!