Fish in a Tree review ë 9

Fish in a Tree

review Fish in a Tree

“Everybody is smart in different ways But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its life believing it is stupid”Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people Every time she lands in a new school she is able to hide her inability Ally and her experiences will resonate with many children and teachers A beautiful hopeful story

characters Ö E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Lynda Mullaly Hunt

To read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions She is afraid to ask for help; after all how can you cure dumb? However her newest teacher Mr Daniels sees the bright creative kid underneath the trouble maker With his help Ally learns not to be so hard on herself I'm pretty confused at the amount of 4 and 5 star reviews for this one It's almost like people haven't read this exact book 57 times alreadyApparently I'm in the minority in proclaiming there to be way wrong with Fish in a Tree than there is right Sowe have a book about a dyslexic child that's close to 300 pages Is Hunt trying to give dyslexic kids a panic attack? Also as a sixth grade reading and writing teacher it's UNFATHOMABLE to believe that a child could make it all the way to sixth grade without anyone noticing she's dyslexic In what appears to be a pretty competent school district with competent teachers how could this character slip through the cracks THAT long without any teacher seriously noticing her dyslexia? Even the heroic and super empathetic young cool guy teacher didn't notice the character's learning disability for what feels like months? AND he only has like 13 kids in his class?As unrealistic as that sounds it could be easily forgiven if the rest of Hunt's book was interesting or clever or different or interesting Guess what There's a bully And she's prissy And there's a robotically intelligent science geek And he gets beaten up By different bullies And there's a Japanese girl named Suki who speaks in broken caveman English ugh The reason why Wonder was such a revelation is because RJ Palacio side stepped the cliches with creative narrative structure featuring painfully realistic character developmentBut Lynda Mullaly Hunt's Fish in a Tree is supposed to garner the same kind of attention as RJ Palacio despite lacking everything that made Wonder so important?In a novel where the overall themes teach kids to be proud of what makes them different why does Hunt feel the need to be so ordinary? And why are we applauding her for it?

Lynda Mullaly Hunt ↠ 9 review

And that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of As her confidence grows Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities She discovers that there’s a lot to her and to everyone than a label and that great minds don’t always think alike Really? A student makes it to sixth grade without any educators realizing she can't read? Cop Next Door possibilities She discovers that there’s a lot to her and to everyone than a label and that great minds don’t always think alike Really? A student makes it to sixth grade without any educators realizing she can't read?


10 thoughts on “Fish in a Tree

  1. says:

    I don’t see why this book shouldn’t be read by every single middle schooler out there Young adults also And why not adults as well it is pretty captivating No one should keep themselves from reading it because of their ageBecause it explores such timeless and important themes I wish there was a book like this one when I was in middle school I remember well having a really hard time the last year and this would have helped a lot Ally isn’t alone but she does feel lonely Even in a room full of people—full of her classmates the people she’s known for years—she doesn’t feel like there’s anyone on her side Until Mr Daniels arrives replacing Mrs Hall who is having a baby Mr Daniels cares deeply about his students and when he sees Ally struggling he tries to help her as best he canUnfortunately I have to admit I’ve never in my life had a teacher like Mr Daniels but it doesn’t mean the teachers I did have were any less inspiring To me he is the epitome of dedication and patience He truly is the perfect teacher Actually he’s also impossible to dislike He refrains from judging anyone and teaches his students important life lessons And his cheerfulness is invigorating This is a very educative book You’ll learn new words new facts how to make new friends how to deal with bullying and enemies why giving up should never be an option how different doesn’t mean crippled and many other things I appreciated the educational parts even if they were rather head on since I personally learned things I never knew about and I’m 19 If it were up to me I’d make this book a mandatory reading in middle school Vote Lola? Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  2. says:

    Sooooblack sheep here in a big way but Im completely at a loss to explain why this has an average of nearly 45 stars I actually ALMOST gave it 2 stars but thought maybe I was being too nitpicky about the biggest problems I had with the book see below I still might come back and do that but thought I would give myself some time to consider ETA DAYS of considering this book in detail has convinced me that I can't leave this at three starts so I've dropped it to my original thought of twoOverall this book is fine It's a little long for the story it's telling I'm always amused by the irony of a book written about a dyslexic student that a dyslexic student would break out in hives at the thought of being made to read it There are places where it reads like an American Girl movie if the girl of the year ever came from a working class family minus the musical numbers Mostly I felt like it was of a book for teachers Or students majoring in education With an incredibly unrealistic look at how bullying works and is resolved My possibly nitpicky major issueI'm a military brat myself and I was majorly distracted though the majority of this book by how WRONG Hunt got that I must add the disclaimer that I'm an Air Force brat but my father was once stationed at a base on an Army post so I'm fairly familiar with Army culture too ProblemsArmy families do not PCS every year It would be every two years AT MOST one year deployment one year on post for the active duty member And the Army actually changed that policy in 2013 to every 3 4 years so families would have stability WHY was Ally the only military kid in her class????? Laughs forever at this Even off post schools in a system with a military presence have a TON of military kids in them and they tend to stick together And not all posts have DoD schools Seriously If you've ever been to a military town you know how much it affects the entire town's culture Which leads me toWhere were they living? There is absolutely no mention in Ally's family of things that are par for the course to military dependents If they weren't even living atnear the post where her father was officially stationed why were they moving so much? Why did they have to go to a friend's house for internet? Unless I'm much mistaken and I did double check to be sure about this Army tanks don't have captains They have commanders They wouldn't call it a captain because that is an officer rank and there are no officers in a tank crew The commander of the tank is the highest ranking enlisted person on the crew And you can't fob me off by telling me Ally might be confused When you are the kid of a career military person you know their rank and their job Maybe Ally's dad was National Guard called to Active but that REALLY doesn't explain why the family was moving every year And even then a tank commander is usually a sergeant I believe and that's not a very high enlisted rank And if you don't make your next rank in a certain number of years you have to get out Judging on Ally's brother's age her dad can't be super young But maybe he jus signed up later? I know people will say it doesn't matter but it was a MAJOR distraction for me As you can probably tellMinor possibly nitpicky botherOF COURSE it was a male teacher who rode in on his white horse to save the day Because the women teachers are too distracted by their babies and what not Blech all over that


  3. says:

    Ally and her experiences will resonate with many children and teachers A beautiful hopeful story


  4. says:

    Audiobook Read by Kathleen McInerney “Living in a world of impossible things like in ‘Alice in wonderland’in a world where nothing makes sense makes perfect sense to Ally Ally is so darn adorable and lovableThe sixth grader is a whiz at math a terrific little artist and has a priceless imaginationbut she can’t read She has fooled teachers year after year in different schools The letters on the page wiggle and give her headaches She has dyslexia And probably a controversial diagnosis called Irlensyndrome the wiggly letters that move on the page are an indicatorWorseAlly feels dumb She feels stupid She feels bad She feels wrong She feels ashamed She feels alone She feels humiliated She feels hopeless Ally has been sent to the principal’s office so many times in her young yearsIt’s completely robbed her of her self worth She has a very loving mother But she needs to work long hours at an ice cream store and is not home as much as she wishes Ally has a wonderful older brother but he is living his life Her father has been deployed and her grandfather whom she was very close with recently died Our hearts attach ourselves to this young girl immediately Our heart continues to grow as we journey with Ally at school with her teacher and classmates The audiobook is only five hours I listened to this Audiobook today while doing those mundane things that needed my attention cleaning laundry yard work and a little pool soaking Ally’s young voice was a joy to have as my companionHer child’s voice was wonderful real authentic not pretentious with no ‘adult feed’ language Mr Daniels her new teacher gave all the students a new notebook for the kids to journal in daily The teacher encourage the kids to write about anything they wanted They would not be graded Their assignment was about communication self expression but not measurement Ally wondered if her teacher was deliriousit sounded much too good to be true As the book goes on we see Ally develop confidence make friends read better and develop deeper understanding empathy for those who were mean to her A very sweet readWonderful for parents and grandparents to read this their young childrenThis is a special book of a child’s triumphA book that definitely will touch adults as much as kids One’s heart would need to be cold blue not to feel the love warmth


  5. says:

    I'm pretty confused at the amount of 4 and 5 star reviews for this one It's almost like people haven't read this exact book 57 times alreadyApparently I'm in the minority in proclaiming there to be way wrong with Fish in a Tree than there is right Sowe have a book about a dyslexic child that's close to 300 pages Is Hunt trying to give dyslexic kids a panic attack? Also as a sixth grade reading and writing teacher it's UNFATHOMABLE to believe that a child could make it all the way to sixth grade without anyone noticing she's dyslexic In what appears to be a pretty competent school district with competent teachers how could this character slip through the cracks THAT long without any teacher seriously noticing her dyslexia? Even the heroic and super empathetic young cool guy teacher didn't notice the character's learning disability for what feels like months? AND he only has like 13 kids in his class?As unrealistic as that sounds it could be easily forgiven if the rest of Hunt's book was interesting or clever or different or interesting Guess what There's a bully And she's prissy And there's a robotically intelligent science geek And he gets beaten up By different bullies And there's a Japanese girl named Suki who speaks in broken caveman English ugh The reason why Wonder was such a revelation is because RJ Palacio side stepped the cliches with creative narrative structure featuring painfully realistic character developmentBut Lynda Mullaly Hunt's Fish in a Tree is supposed to garner the same kind of attention as RJ Palacio despite lacking everything that made Wonder so important?In a novel where the overall themes teach kids to be proud of what makes them different why does Hunt feel the need to be so ordinary? And why are we applauding her for it?


  6. says:

    It's extremely hard for me to review this book objectively because it has a lot of personal meaning for me My daughter's class read Fish in a Tree when she was in 4th grade and she was beyond excited She felt seen for the first time because she had just been diagnosed officially with dyslexia a few weeks before And getting that diagnosis and the help she needed was truly life changing just like it was for the main character in this book For those of you out there reading this book who think that it's unrealistic that a kid could make it to 6th grade without being diagnosed you are wrong It is only though having attentive and dedicated parentscaregivers who insist on answers a very observant teacher andor a school district with the means to help students do children finally get diagnosed and taught in a way that allows them to actually learn This book allowed my daughter's peers to understand a little bit of what she goes through to learn and it helped my daughter understand that she isn't stupid which I had told her time and time again For those reasons I am grateful for this story and I hope it continues to teach children understanding and empathygoodreads|instagram|twitter|blog


  7. says:

    This was a fairly sweet story but I felt like it was too much what is trendy right now writing books about children with difficulties fitting in who make great discoveries about their identities and gain sudden confidence This is an easy story to tell but it's not realistic Further I felt that the characters were very stereotypical and not well developed This bothers me in children's books because the popular girls are always mean the nerdy kids get beat up all the time and the teachers don't care when a kid is bullied right in front of them Yes all of these things CAN happen but they are far from the norm However we see them constantly in children's literatureI also didn't find the premise believable I have worked as a reading interventionist in schools and it would be very very difficult to make it to sixth grade with no one noticing that a child couldn't read Every child is tested regularly one on one in the schools several times throughout the year and this was the case when I was in school too Those children I dealt with who made it to third grade without a learning disability being detected were rare and they could all read better than Ally is described as reading


  8. says:

    Ugh Two stars is definitely generous for this one but I guess I would recommend it not very enthusiastically to middle graders who like problem novels and aren't old enough to notice that this is hackneyed as hell There is a mean girl who is cartoonishly mean a sassy black best friend SERIOUSLY? a smart kid who talks like Data ARGH a super shy Japanese girl who talks in broken English headdesk and a warm hearted cool male teacher who wears funny ties and saves the day while saying things like It's so brave of you to come to school every day knowing that the other kids will razz you RAZZ YOU? And the too special to be true heroine says things like Yeah he's a peach because it is 1950 apparently? maybe that's why no one in the world has ever heard of dyslexia before? but no because there is Skyping I might be most upset by the fact that we're supposed to believe these kids are sixth graders and not third graders Maaaaybe fourth But only if they live in some bizarre 1950s throwback two dimensional stereotype landThis book is showing up on Mock Newbery lists? Really?


  9. says:

    Really? A student makes it to sixth grade without any educators realizing she can't read?


  10. says:

    Read on the WondrousBooks blog I want to give him an answer but I have both too many words and not enough To be honest this book was an unexpected gem for me I liked the cover and I was in for some new books from NetGalley but I didn't think it would be awesome I expected a pleasant enough read at most Turned out it was uite the amazing book after allFish In A Tree tells the story of a young girl who can't make the words and letters stay in place and always feels out of her depth in school because of that Some of her classmates make fun of her and she is convinced that is really truly stupid Until a new teacher comes to school and makes her realize that her brain simply works differently and that many of the most brilliant minds ever had dyslexia just like herAs a whole the book was very sweet and touching It's probably not going to win an award for most brilliant writing or plot but that doesn't mean it's not great The story is simple but heartfeltAt first I was annoyed with Ally because she seemed to be purposely failing but I soon realized that that was not the case at all I realized that she was actually struggling very hard to be better though at the beginning that wasn't apparentWith time Ally turned out to be uite the wonderful character brave even though she was failing stubborn even though it seemed hopeless I really liked how she grew up in the course of the book and the big little person she became at the end Most of all I liked the final scene with her brother and the teacher it really moved meThe recurring characters were not a stroke of originality of course a band of outcasts a posse of mean girls a couple of kids not brave enough to stand up for the weaker ones until the weaker kids became willful enough to fend for themselves But they were fun to read about They also grew along with Ally I liked Albert the most I was sad for him but I was also proud of the way he carried himself and learned to live with his difficulties Actually come to think of it I think he was my favourite character in the entire bookThough Mr Daniels was also admirable He presented a whole new field of ideas in this book Setting the coming of age theme of the book aside there was also the subject of teaching and education which I think was eually as important It really saddens me to see written what I know is true that education is becoming a formalized activity which focuses not on the knowledge children should receive but on results no matter the cost Most teachers don't see teaching as a calling as I think it should be but as a way to pay the bills if you don't have any other job opportunities They don't care about the learning differences kids have and they in no way find ways to nurture all of their students on the contrary the favourites are the ones that can keep up with the insane criteria for a successful student and the rest are being oppressed sent to the principle declared stupid and even mocked by the teachers I think that's completely unacceptable Once upon a time the teacher was a guide a friend of his or her students until our world developed to this point where you are good at something if you are making millions and if you can't do that you become a teacher instead you are bitter and mean and want to take it out on the children that you have promised to protect and teach It's a horrible and sad reality the results of which can obviously be seen in the thousands of school dropouts and especially in the millions and billions of children who struggle to memorize information in order to look like they know what they are doing but actually end up knowing nothing at all It would be so much easier and helpful if teachers cared about what they were doing that way children would also have a different attitude to learning and would actually do it with desire and would be successful In that fashion Mr Daniels reminded me of John Keating from Dead Poets Society one of my favourite movies I honestly hope that teachers would be like that and that one day that profession will turn again into a calling and education will turn into something that people desire instead of something they are forced intoIf you have ever felt like you didn't belong like you couldn't keep up and the world was moving around you like you weren't smart enough or good enough I think Fish In A Tree is the book for you and it can inspire you to work a little harder and to realize that through hard work you can achieve bigger things It's like birds can swim and fish can fly


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