One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
|One Fish Two Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish
|1960 (renewed 1988)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and paperback)|
|Preceded by||Happy Birthday to You!|
|Followed by||Green Eggs and Ham|
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a 1960 children's book by Dr. Seuss. A simple rhyming book for learner readers, it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. As of 2001, over 6 million copies of the book had been sold, placing it 13th on a list of "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books" from Publishers Weekly. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."
- Visje een visje twee visje visje in de zee (1960s, Dutch, ISBN 9024002958)
- Devarim muzarim korim ba-sefarim (1980, Hebrew)
- Yi tiao yu, liang tiao yu, hong de yu, lan de yu (1992, Chinese, ISBN 9573211246)
- Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul (2006, Spanish, ISBN 1930332831)
- Eyn fish, tsvey fish, royter fish, bloyer fish (2007, Yiddish, ISBN 9780972693936)
- Poisson un, poisson deux, poisson rouge, poisson bleu (2011, French, ISBN 9781612430294)
Audio and video versions
Rik Mayall narrated this story as part of a HarperCollins audiobook that also includes The Lorax, Dr. Seuss's ABC and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and The Foot Book.
In popular culture
- A book titled One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads was published in 1994.
- A 1996 article on the scientific technique fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is titled "One FISH two FISH red FISH blue FISH."
- One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish: The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook is a 2003 cookbook with recipes specifically chosen for their environmental sustainability.
- An article in the May 2005 National Geographic on coral reef color is titled "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Why Are Coral Reefs so Colorful?"
- Episode 11 in season 2 of The Simpsons is titled "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish."
- An episode of the Pokémon cartoon is titled "One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team."
- The Fedora Core 2 Test 2 announcement contained a "One bug, two bugs, tar bugs, su bugs" poem that resembled and parodied the original book as well as Green Eggs and Ham, another book by Dr. Seuss written in metered rhyme.
- An episode in season 6 of Entourage is titled "One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car."
- In the movie Imagine That, Evan Danielson says "One sky! Two sky! Red sky! Blue sky!" after Johnny Whitefeather's phrase "One sky".
- In one episode of TV show FlashForward, character Dyson Frost mentions the book while talking to Charlie Benford.
- The comic strip Cyanide & Happiness contains a parodic reference.
- The webcomic Rock, Paper, Cynic has a sequence of five comic strips, using the book and Mario Kart as themes, known as "One Shell, Two Shell, Red Shell, Blue Shell".
- The book as well as its author are cited also in an episode of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (season 5, episode 7)
- The Pink Horrors of Tzeentch in "Warhammer Fantasy Battles" (Where there was one, now there is two. Where was pink, now there is blue.)
- An upcoming episode of Transformers: Prime is titled "One Bots, Two Cons, Red Bots, Blue Cons".
- An script of Pokestar Studios, on the game Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is called "One Basculin, Two Basculin, Red-Stripped Basculin, Blue-Stripped Basculin".
Theme park attraction
|One Fish Two Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish
Entrance of the One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish ride at Islands of Adventure.
|Attraction type||Water Ride|
|Theme||One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish|
Universal Express available
The book was the basis of a theme park attraction located at Universal's Islands of Adventure in the Seuss Landing area of the park, called "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish". The attraction has riders enter vehicles based on various colored fish from the book, and they must follow directions given on the ride to avoid getting wet. However, on days when it is too cold, the ride will operate without the water. The ride was constructed by the German attraction builder, Zierer.
- Roback, Diane, Jason Britton, and Debbie Hochman Turvey (December 17, 2001). "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books". Publishers Weekly 248 (51). Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- The literal English translation of the Hebrew title is Strange Things Happen in Books.
- Valentine, Johnny; Sarecky, Melody (1994). One dad, two dads, brown dad, blue dads. Boston, MA: Alyson Wonderland. ISBN 1555832539.
- Le Beau MM (April 1996). "One FISH, Two FISH, Red FISH, Blue FISH". Nat. Genet. 12 (4): 341–4. doi:10.1038/ng0496-341. PMID 8630478.
- Baldwin, Carole C.; Mounts, Julie H. (2003). One fish, two fish, crawfish, bluefish: the Smithsonian sustainable seafood cookbook. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books. ISBN 1588341690.
- Kaufman, Les (May 2005). "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Why Are Coral Reefs so Colorful?". National Geographic. Retrieved March 24, 2013.