A Fish in Foreign Waters | book review

This is a book review of  A Fish in Foreign Waters – a book written especially for young multilingual, multicultural children who may struggle with the challenges of feeling different from other children. Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review; however, all opinions are my own.

A Fish in Foreign Waters | book review | Trilingual Mama

Laura Wickham, author A Fish in Foreign Waters, wrote this book in an effort to address the very real challenges that multilingual, multicultural children often face: feeling different because the language or culture learned in the home is not the same as the other children they spend time with.

A Fish in Foreign Waters is the story of Rosie Ray, a fish whose world gets thrown upside down when she has to move to a different bay. She will have to learn a new language, make new friends and face some of the challenges that bilingual children often face – like being embarrassed by their parent’s accent or the different food in their lunchboxes. But on the day of her birthday she will make an exciting discovery that will help her see how much she has actually gained from being able to speak two languages. –Laura Wickham “A Fish in Foreign Waters” via Bilingual Parenting

A warm and inviting feeling is created through Pamela Goodman’s illustrations: soft images and pastel colors that invite us into Rosie Ray’s world in the deep blue sea. The text of the book is written in simple, accessible language with a sing-song rhythm that is especially pleasant for young children to hear. The story is sweet, addresses real issues and ends on a positive note. It’s a perfect bedtime story for little ones or could be used as a launching pad to explore different issues with slightly older children: learning a new language, feeling different from others, making new friends, sharing one’s culture or learning to accept and live a new one.

It’s a book that definitely belongs in every multilingual and multicultural home. You can explore a few pages of this delightful book in the preview at the bottom of this post or purchase your own copy by following the Amazon Affiliate link below. A small percentage of your purchases helps me to fund the costs of running this blog.

2 Responses

  1. Alexandria says:

    Oh, this book looks so perfect! I think it’s really easy for parents and for kids (well, let’s be real- people in general) to feel like being different is bad. Well, it’s not bad at all, but it can be a challenge. What a great book! Thanks for recommendation!

    • Maria says:

      You’re welcome Alexandria! I’m always on the lookout for good books for bilingual kids. I really enjoyed your library post by the way.

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