S: Fin and Friends
BC: Fin and Friends In this delightful story our hero learns it is sometimes hard to recognize friendships, new and old. It was developed and then illustrated by 11 preschoolers answering open ended questions. This Artist in Residence Program was funded by a grant from the Shoreline/ Lake Forest Park Arts Council.
FC: Fin and Friends Written and Illustrated by Michelle Holguin's Preschool Class
1: Fin and Friends Written and Illustrated by Michelle Holguin's Preschool Class Chase Andreasen Olivia Barnes Jocelyn Cox Connor Henson Devan Jones Theodore Lufkin Kylee Mitchell Layla Reinke Jonah Sterkowicz Alina Teodorescu Razvan Teodorescu with a little help from author/illustrator Gudrun Ongman
2: Deep in the cool, blue ocean lived a little red fish with brown stripes. His name was Fin. He waved his little tail and long, wavy fins to swim over the flat, sandy ocean floor.
5: Fin was a happy fish. He was especially happy there were no sharks in the water.
6: He had many friends including his big sister, Sally. She was pink with white stripes. But his very best friend in all the world was his big brother, Bird.
9: Bird and Fin liked to play together so much that sometimes they left out Sally- even when she wanted to play too!
10: One sunlit, sparkly morning Fin and Bird gulped down their breakfast in their cozy tunnel home. "Goodbye," they called to their mom, dad and sister. And they raced off to the castle.
12: They were too excited to notice Sally's sad eyes or their mother wrap a fin around her shoulder. "Be careful," called Dad.
13: Later as they were playing hide and seek in the castle, their friend, Orangie sped past and disappeared. "Lets catch him!" they cried and chased him through the wavy seaweed. Soon the safety of the castle was far behind them.
14: Seeing a movement ahead, Fin cried, "There he is!" And then "Oh no!" Because behind their friend, Orangie, a big round, green fish with dangerous spiky fins and huge teeth rushed toward them.
17: The chase was on. Fin and Bird and their friend had never swum so fast. But the scary fish was getting closer and closer. Suddenly Sally appeared."Follow me!" she yelled.
18: Sally led them quickly to a super fast underwater current. They swam in and sped away. And they didn't look back until they were safe at home.
20: Meanwhile the big dangerous looking fish tumbled end over end into the current and landed dizzy and confused at the entrance to their tunnel. "What happened ?" he asked. And then he started to cry, "I just wanted to play with you."
22: Seeing he was not mean at all, Fin and Bird said of course he could play with them. So Fin's whole family and Orangie and Big Green shared a long group hug. And then Fin turned to Sally and hugged her extra tight....
23: ..."Thank you for helping us, Sally. You are the best sister ever."