In all the wide blue sea, there's not a nicer fish than Big Al-or one more lonely. He wants nothing more than to make as many friends as he can, but when the other fish look at Big Al, all they see is how scary he looks and how sharp his teeth are. Then one day, a net drops down from above and catches many little fish. It's up to Big Al to come to the rescue! This frisky tale from the best-selling author of the Jake Drake books is sure to help young readers understand that it's what is inside that counts.
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by Andrew Clements
by Elizabeth Bluemle
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by Carole Boston Weatherford
"Big Al is one "huge, puffy, scary, fierce-looking fish." But he wants to make friends with other fish, and he's willing to work at it. Despite all his attempts at disguises, though, Big Al still scares off all potential companions. Narrator Kevin Free's pleasant, sympathetic voice delivers this tale with just the right touch. His pacing is also perfect: not too fast for the beginning reader, but not too slow for more impatient folks. Free's lightly dramatic reading invites listeners to enjoy the happy ending, in which Big Al's sharp teeth and ugly looks come to the rescue. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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