Marko Monday [30] - Pout-Pout Fish

When Marko was around three, we borrowed a book called The Pout-Pout Fish from the library, which was an instant favourite.  The cadence of the story is so rhythmic and fun to read with a perfect rhyming bounce to the story.  One afternoon, we were browsing the bargain bin at our local independent bookstore and spotted The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark and this book was a HUGE hit.  The Pout-Pout Fish has to go down into the deep dark water to rescue his friend's lost pearl.  Marko's love for angler fish was revived while reading this book, as the Pout-Pout Fish struggles with his fear of the dark and finally finds a friend to help him conquer that fear.  Then, last week, we went to Victoria for a quick visit and Marko spied a new Pout-Pout Fish book on the shelves of another of our favourite independent bookstores and exclaimed with glee that the Pout-Pout Fish was wearing a backpack!  After we read the story together, Marko was delighted by the fact that the Pout-Pout Fish was going to kindergarten, just like he is.  The Pout-Pout Fish gets lost trying to find his classroom and is worried that he isn't smart enough for kindergarten, but it turns out that he's just in the wrong room.  I'm going to be on the lookout for more of the Pout-Pout Fish series (it looks like there's a Hallowe'en one!) as these stories are as sweet as they are fun to read.

Marko is OBSESSED with the idea of going to kindergarten -- and here's hoping that this love will continue once he actually gets there.  We've been working a lot on independence (we've babied him a lot with getting dressed and self-feeding so we're currently trying to get him caught up to where most five year olds are at!) and now he frequently says, "Mama, I have to do this by myself.  When I go to kindergarten, no one will do this for me!"  It's too cute for words, but my little boy is currently growing up way too fast.  I've already booked off the first week of school, knowing that I am not going to be emotionally capable of being in the office that week.

Seriously though -- just LOOK at his beautiful big brown eyes...



  1. This post has too much cuteness for words. I will have to take out some Pout Pout Fish books for Theo. I have always meant to but also always forget when I'm at the library? Theo saw his new daycare for the first time today and was so mad that we were only stopping to get paperwork. He loved it on sight and I really liked it too. I'm so not ready for him to be there though. I want to stay at home forever even though I know that sounds crazy and would not be good parenting. They grow way, WAY too fast.


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