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Ellie is five years old. She has a pet gold fish called Fishie. Fishie is Ellie's best friend in the world. Ellie would wake up extra early before nursery school just to spend more time with her friend Fishie. She would tell Fishie anything and everything. She even told him secrets she hadn't told her mom or her dad. When Ellie was not spending time at home with her pet goldfish, she was at school telling everyone she could about Fishie. One day Fishie wasn't himself. He wasn't swimming around, eating, or responding to what Ellie was saying. Was Fishie sick? Could Fishie get cured with medicine, or would Fishie go to heaven? Come find out what happens to Fishie the pet gold fish.
Fish Also Go To Heaven by Tammy Brown Elkeles is a charming children's story offering young readers a resourceful aid to help deal with the death of a pet. Children love pets, whether it is a dog, cat, bird, hamster, or even a fish. A pet is something or, in a child's case, someone who they can confide in and tell their secrets without judgment. The author does an incredible job portraying the bond and relationship a child can have with their pet when she introduces the main character Ellie and her gold fish Fishie. Most children who are religious and believe in heaven know that people go to heaven when they die if they are good in life. They don't, however, know what happens to the lovable pets they cherish just as much as a human. The author has created a scenario in which an explanation of whether a fish goes to heaven or not is played out in a charming story with a very imaginative plot setting, making the explanation and questions asked very comprehensible and relatable to young children.