Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger is an enchanting tale of woe and luck. At first I was intrigued by the fish on the cover that was carrying an umbrella (underwater) and had on a headscarf. Doreen is on her way to visit relatives. She has a chance encounter with a fisherman, first, then a Great Blue Heron. It's an interesting story and I think Second or Third graders would get a kick out of it. It's too long for my usual group of Preschoolers in Storytime, but if you come across a four-year old that has been read to a lot, this might be the perfect book to share one-on-one.
The illustrations were rendered in watercolor, gouache, pencil, and colored pencil on Fabriano watercolor paper. The art is deep and mysterious in the water; it gives you some great perspective and shadows; and is just the right mix of whimsey and real for this adventure.