Howard The Fish


Howard is happy with his life and its routine. Then one day, he saw a face outside his bowl. First he was unsure, then he was scared, then he was happy. Soon, seeing that face and looking beyond his bowl became part of his day, too.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Howard the Fish has bright illustrations and a happy story that will appeal to young readers from toddlers to second graders.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some of the self-isolation factors listed in the Spot the Signs for ASD didn't fit with Howard, and we don't know enough about the child to make that determination, either.

Little Kid Reaction

Our 6 year old thought Howard was cute and liked his expressions.

Parent Reaction

There is a lot to love about Howard the Fish. The simplicity of the illustrations will engage even the youngest reader. The same for the text. It is "comfortable" and also extends the life of the book, making it a nice selection for kids learning to read. At the end of the book is a "know the signs" list about Autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our daughter is on the Spectrum, and even so, I had difficulty connecting how the story related specifically to autism. either.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book written with children of Autism in mind. It can also be an easy reader.
Educational Themes:

Ask young readers to "read" Howard's expressions. What do they see? How would they feel? As noted above, this is a picture book that can also be an early reader. Some words may require help (e.g., glorious), but the vocabulary repetition is excellent, and the illustrations can help with decoding.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Whether or not you draw out the Autism, this is a nice story to share.

Title Howard the Fish
Author Julie Shore
Publisher Juka Books © 2008
Illustrators Kate Jones
ISBN 9780981720609
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.99
Genres Animal Character, Health - Illness
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