Monday, July 15, 2019

Margo's Musings: Are There Fish in the Fountain?


During the summer I am loving going to the Ashpot Library and picking out a stack of books to read with my little sister, Margo. Usually she is with me selecting whatever books catch her eye, so our pile is a group effort. I knew as soon as I saw the bright yellow cover on display that we would be adding the book to our collection. Sure enough- as soon as she saw it she started pointing and saying, “Lellow! Lellow”. It’s been her favorite color this month and she wants everything yellow. 



Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a fun story about three siblings who each have a goldfish. They live in a small apartment in New York City and summer vacation is coming. The kids aren’t going away, but a lot of their friends are leaving the city over the break. Right around that time, the vandalized and crumbling fountain near their apartment begins to be repaired by a man who is making it look beautiful. Not only that- but a sign goes up asking people to bring their goldfish to the fountain on a specific date so they can go on “vacation”.  How exciting! People flock to the fountain and the man helps them put their fish in the water.  Each day kids go to the fountain to visit their fish and this gives them the chance to play with other kids who are doing the same thing. At the end of the summer everyone will need to collect their fish when it is time to go back school.

The book has vibrant illustrations that will appeal to kids and adults. I found the idea of goldfish going on a vacation to be fascinating. I am not sure everyone would be okay with dropping off their fish and getting a different fish back. Since a lot of families go away during the summer, it is a good way for the fish to be fed and cared for. 

The Author’s Note at the end of the book explains that this book is the made up true story about a real fountain in New York City where goldfish went on vacation from 1992 to 2005. I can’t believe I never heard of this before! Next time we go to NYC I have to go visit the Hamilton Fountain to see it for myself. From what I have read about it- the fountain was quite a controversy when it was built.
Photo from SallyLloyd-jones.com

Has anyone else read Goldfish on Vacation? Or have you read another book by Sally Lloyd-Jones? Or have you visited Hamilton Fountain? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~ F


We'll be on a blog break until August. 
Enjoy the summer days! 


31 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great story. Hope Margo enjoys the "lellow" book! Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Oh what fun. Of course goldfish deserve a vacation - and to spend time outdoors with their friends.
    Excellent choice Margo.

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  3. How delightful to think that goldfish actually get vacations too! I just wonder if anyone gets their own fish back when they pick them up later. I mean, goldfish doo all look pretty alike...

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  4. Never even knew that existed either. Sounds like a winner.

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  5. Can you imagine if the fish had special markings and they had to scoop THAT fish out? LOL It is a cute idea though.

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  6. Oh how cute! And to think it was based on an actual true thing for the fish to go on vacation! I would have loved to see it when it was up and operating, but to see it now would equally be at fun. I love how your little sister says "lellow". The wee one says orange as orgnce. Kind of misses the "a" currently :) but at least they are knowing their colors!

    betty

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  7. Wow, I would never even think about this theme. That vacation must have been so awesome for kids to get together!

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  8. Hi Jess - nope I've never heard of a fish having a holiday ... what fun ... and night-time frolics they could get up to. Fun book especially as it encourages everyone to be part of the goldfish community ... bet Margo will love her Jello-Lello book ... cheers Hilary

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  9. True story? Cool!
    I love the illustrations!

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  10. Looks like a cute one :D
    Also amazing fountain!

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  11. Overall, it's probably better for the fish than keeping them in bowls.

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  12. This sounds delightful.
    Margo will love it.

    All the best Jan

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  13. Goldfish on Vacation! What a title!

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  14. I like the title. Sounds fun book!

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  15. Very cool that you do this with your sister. Lately there's been 2 sisters on Facebook LIVE showing them visiting the library to grab their books, then reading them at night. It's so good that young people realize the joy and benefits of reading. Hugs, RO

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  16. I haven't read it but it sounds good.

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  17. An adorable cover. The color does attract attention. A neat idea on how to care for your fish while you're gone on vacation. I never heard of the book but see why it would attract young readers.

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  18. I've never heard of the fountain or the cover. I love yellow, too, so I would have probably also picked the book.

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  19. Ohh, this sounds a wonderful storyline for children.

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  20. nice article..
    thanks for sharing and have a nice day

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  21. I miss you girls ! Hope you are fun with your summer !! hugs

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  22. Hope you are enjoying your blog break :)

    All the best Jan

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  23. well written review....sound interesting story

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  24. Yes, there are fish in the pond and what a novel idea too!

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  25. Intriguing story for children to enjoy.

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  26. Given that yellow is my favourite colour I'd have instantly been drawn to this book as well.

    Enjoy your break, we'll see you September.

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  27. The book sounds cute, enjoy your break.

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  28. What fun! The book AND the fact that there's a fountain where fish used to vacay! Hehe! How great that you read so much with your little sister! It's wonderful for each of you! (She has great taste. Yellow is one of my favorite colors, too!)

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