3 Stars for THE FISHER FAMILY FLOATS AWAY by Barb Asselin – CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW


Title: THE FISHER FAMILY FLOATS AWAY 

Author: BARB ASSELIN

Series: A READ-WITH-ME BOOK

Length: 26 pages 

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Beginning Readers 

Release Date: May 13, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
MY REVIEW:

When you purchase this book, you receive a link to download a free activity book called AFRICAN ANIMALS ACTIVITY BOOK. This is a nice bonus. 

The Fisher family consists of Mom, Dad, Toby and Darcie. 

I’m not sure if Darcie is Toby’s little sister or if she is his big sister. Why am I unsure? Well, It is because the author refers to Darcie as both “little” and “big.” 

The story reads: “Toby’s wish had come true. ‘OK’ he shouted, then he ran into the house to get his favourite baseball cap and tell his mom and his little sister, Darcie.” Then a few paragraphs later it reads: “Hey, Darcie, Toby said to his big sister.” 

So, which is it? Is Darcie the little sister or the big sister? 

Another issue I have is that the word “mom” in the above paragraph is not capitalized. 

Toby is excited when his father comes home from work with a boat tied to the top of his car. The whole family then get in the car and head to the stream at their local park. They proceed to have an adventure in the new boat. The storyline is quite cute and I believe children will enjoy the story. 

However, I found this book confusing. The boat is referred to as a boat throughout the story and the paddles are referred to as “oars” BUT the picture clearly shows that the “boat” is actually a canoe. If that is the case, then the “oars” should be referred to as “paddles.” I’m not sure if I am just overly picky, but when I read a book to my grandchild I want her to know the proper names for things and to know that there is a difference between a boat and a canoe, even if she is only four. 

Additionally, I had an immediate negative reaction to the fact that when the family members get into the canoe, not a single one of them puts on a lifejacket. As a parent and a grandparent who likes to go fishing and who has experience with both boats and canoes, I would NEVER allow children near the water without a lifejacket. I believe that books should reflect life and that they can be terrific teaching aids.

Children are incredibly observant and I can visualize my granddaughter saying, “Why do I have to wear a lifejacket? The people in the story we just read didn’t wear them.”

The accompanying picture also shows the family in the canoe without lifejackets. 

With a bit of editing this could be a terrific story. I loved the ending and think that children will get a good laugh out of it, but currently the negative aspects of this book outweigh the positive. Because of the reasons stated above, I rate this book as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barb Asselin is a college professor and best-selling author who has published books in many different genres including education, cooking, law, real estate, Internet marketing, entrepreneurship, baby sign language and children’s books. 

Barb wrote her first children’s book when her first child was just six months old. Since then she has written many more. Her work has been published online and in Appleseeds magazine. 

Barb lives in Canada with her husband, Mike and their two adorable daughters. 

Feel free to contact Barb through any of the following social media outlets (she loves to hear from her readers).

Email: barb@barbasselin.com

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