The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark, by Deborah Diesen, finds the Mr. Fish trying to help Mrs. Clam find her lost pearl. He's persistent, but when he starts to waiver, the voice of a friend helps him to go on. As Mr. Fish goes deeper and deeper into the ocean, we find out he is afraid of the dark. However, with a little help from his friend, he is able to find Mrs. Clam's pearl and return it to her safely.
The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark has really nice illustrations which anyone would love, but is a book which would probably be best enjoyed by lower elementary grades. It tells a story of friendship, persistence, helping others, and keeping one's word, all the while using a fun, rhyming text. This would be a great book to share with a lower elementary class when you are working on character building or if you are having issues with students wanting to quit when things get a bit difficult.