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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.