Fish Dream of Trees

Fish Dream of Trees

By Author / Illustrator

Frantz Wittkamp, Axel Scheffler



Age range(s)



Pan Macmillan








Axel Scheffler's delightful artwork brings to life these playful and easily accessible poems by Frantz Wittkamp, wonderfully adapted from German to English by national treasure Roger McGough.

There are lions and tigers and mice galore, not to mention a whole host of other bizarre and loveable creatures in this fully colour illustrated collection of short poems. Each four-line poem conjures a new scene or concept and their short length combined with the colourful detailed artwork makes this book ideal for introducing poetry to the very young.

Ranging from the curious to the witty, the touching to the joyful, and all exquisitely illustrated by award-winning Axel Scheffler, Fish Dream of Trees is the perfect book of poetry to share with children young and old. A beautiful hardback with jacket covered in shiny gold details, Fish Dream of Trees makes an excellent gift.



Fish Dream of trees and other curious verses is a beautiful poetry book. It is full of simple, witty rhymes and verses that are all based around animals. This book would make a lovely introduction to Poetry for younger children. The added bonus is that Axel Scheffler's unmistakeable illustration accompany every page. When teaching children to read and write rhyming couplets, this book would be a 'must have' as it is so very simple and accessible. It also has lots of nonsense poems so that really helps with encouraging children to write poetry. I think this would be a lovely one to read to Early years children especially when looking at early phonics rhyming. Getting children to identify the rhyming words at the end of each line would be very simple. I would highly recommend this book to sit on the bookshelf and be used over and over - I am sure to be pulling it out when leading my next National Poetry Week assembly. 48 pages / Ages 5-8 years / Reviewed by Marie Berry, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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