Tiddler: The Story-Telling Fish

tiddlerTiddler is another gem of a book by the marvellous duo of Donaldson and Sheffler.  It captured the  imagination of our grade twos and had them wanting more.

Tiddler is a little fish who likes to tell big tales.  Every day he arrives late for school and every day he has an elaborate excuse for his tardiness.  These tales involve octopuses, shipwrecks and turtles and the stories spread like wildfire from one fish to another and another.  One day, Tiddler is on his way to school when he is so distracted by his daydreaming that he gets caught up in the net of a fishing boat.  He eventually gets thrown back in the water and finds his way back to school when he hears some anchovies talking about one of his stories.  He tracks the story back home and arrives at school just as everyone else is leaving.  Tiddler explains what happened and of course not everyone believes him, but still his story spreads until it is told to a writer, which is how the book is written.

This is a book which celebrates the power of storytelling.  It would be great inspiration for a creative or imaginative writing session.

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