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Big Al

Big Al by Andrew Clements (1997-09-01) - Andrew Clements

This story is about a fish who may not look so sweet and nice on the outside; however, he is the nicest fish in the sea. He is in desperate need of a friend but everyone swims away when he comes around. He even tries disguising himself to fit in with all the other fish. They still do not accept him. Then one day, a fisher's net becomes full with many fish, and only one fish is able to save the day. Big Al saves all the little fish and that is when they learned to accept him for who he is and they truly understood what a nice fish he is. I would say this would be read for grades 1st-3rd. This book is great to teach children not to judge another peer by their looks. It would be a great book to start the year with. This book would also be good to pair students up and allow them to make a story map pertaining to the story.