|“After the success of A Place for Butterflies, my editor suggested a companion title about birds and asked if I could think of other interesting animals to feature in future titles. One of the creatures on my list was fish.
"Why fish? Because they don’t get much respect. You almost never seem them so much as mentioned in children’s books about conservation or endangered animals. I thought it was time for a change.
"For most of the books in this series, I’ve scoured the country for experts to talk to. But not this time. It just so happens that my brother is a wetland scientist, and he has lots of colleagues who know all about the fish living in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and even the ocean. Getting my brother’s input made this book extra fun to research and write.”