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Now this boring grey fish "was wonderfully smart". He could play chess, we've already seen him do this on the front cover, he could sing and dance, he drew and performed (a great illustration of this grey fish holding a fish skull in his hand in a Shakespearean pose!). But he wasn't satisfied, there was one thing he couldn't do, "he wanted to walk upon the land".
Our genius fish thought and thought and finally came up with an idea. "Feet!" So obvious now, but no one had heard of such things back then. WOW! Clever fish, he put on his feet and walked out of the sea onto a vaste expanse of sand.
Then true to Darwin, Chris Wormell tells us, in quite a matter of fact sort of way, that a few million years later, some other fish tried walking, but they didn't have any feet, so they slithered and crawled up the beach, and he shows us just how they do that from fish to lizard in six moves.
Even though this picturebook is for under 5's, in an ELT context, with lower exposure to English, it's very suitable for primary children. Some of the text is quite dense, but accessible in a sort of chatty style. Older primary children will appreciate the visual humour, they will also enjoy looking closely at the illustrations if you leave the book in the classroom library.