Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso, 2018
(Ages 3 – 8)
June is National Aquarium month and we are celebrating with this gorgeous wordless picture book. Aquarium uses stunning illustrations to tell the story of a young girl who dreams of swimming with the fish in a nearby river.
After capturing a little orange fish, she attempts to use a myriad of different containers to create a happy environment for her new friend. When the fish jumps out of its new pool, however, she realizes it belongs in its natural habitat. Putting her own happiness aside, the girl returns the fish to its home creating a bittersweet, but gratifying ending.
This poignant wordless wonder touches on imagination, exploration, innovation, empathy, and letting go. This is a can’t miss book that should be on every summer reading list.