Sara is a young fish who, although happy to play with her friends under the sea, harbors a secret wish to fly with the birds.
Because of her kind nature, a fisherman/wizard grants her wish by giving her a pair of wings, but it is only with hard work and perseverance that Sara can soar up high in the clouds like she dreams.
Malouf named the title character after her young cousin who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two, being inspired by the young girl's positive outlook despite her illness.
Let’s Make Children’s Dreams Come True!
A message from the author:
Let's back up our love with ill children by teaching them how to overcome life's unexpected challenges and help them achieve their dreams. Let's help them by giving them the tools they need so they can live a healthy life.
Through my book I will be participating in book signing events at schools, libraries, book stores and Children's Foundations to help raise funds for organizations such as St. Baldrick's Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Make a Wish Foundation - Through my fund raising events my profit of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Children's Foundations. Besides the fund raising events, I will also be donating for life 5% of my annual royalties from this book's proceeds.
Sara is the main character in Blue Fish, and is inspired by my cousin Sara who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two. Blue Fish represents everyone's hopes and dreams. Sara is now about 11 years old and has suffered through many surgeries and chemotherapy treatments with the hopes that one day she will enjoy life like every other child.
Sara's serious medical condition and positive attitude towards life has given me the inspiration and the motivation for creating my book. I am dedicating this motivating story to her.
Please Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange fund-raising events that supports children's needs in your community.
Recipient of the Sharjah Children's Book Award 2014
I bought this book for one of my niece's little girl who is going to first grade next year. I absolutely love the layout of the book and the illustrations of all pages. I bought also the second book (Bluefish & the Three Rs Plan) and the illustrations were even prettier than the first. I even had a friend visiting to who I showed the books and the first thing she asked about who did the illustrations as they are attractive. I hope my niece's little girl will enjoy them :-)
A beautiful and inspirational children's book!
Karen Bonnet (New York) August 08, 2012
I read Ranya Malouf's wonderful picture book, Bluefish's Secret Wish and was uplifted by its inspirational message. I had the pleasure of sharing the story with my three year-old granddaughter, who was mesmerized by the story and the beautiful illustrations. Although she may not have understood the message to believe in yourself, as her young mind doesn't know not to, I explained what it meant to her. I would recommend this book to anyone with a pre-school youngster...I am sure it will benefit both adults and young minds! - amazon reader review
Beautiful and Inspiring
Yvonne Capitelli "Author" (New York) July 20, 2012
Bluefish's Secret Wish is a colorful and heartwarming story that will inspire children and adults to have faith, be determined and never give up on your dreams. Bluefish learns to keep hope close, believe in herself and to be positive. Whether you're 5 years old or 50, Bluefish's Secret Wish, by Ranya Malouf will leave a smile on your face.
MLP February 15, 2012
Readers of all ages will love learning about Bluefish's secret and its realization. Before even starting the story, you cannot help but notice that Bob Stuhmer's illustrations are beautifully rendered and well printed. This tale is both wholesome and inspirational without being at all heavy handed. Actually, Bluefish's initial inability to fully master the new skill she is given parallels the frustration and learning curve many of us experience when we finally attain a goal, and this makes the book's straightforward plot more realistic. I just sent a copy to a friend in Japan who admired it while visiting last year. [Amazon Reader Review]
Lovely for preschool
Bonnie Neely August 28, 2011
Bluefish's Secret Wish by Ranya Rafiq Malouf is illlustrated by Bob Stuhmer. This little preschool book is a very simple story about a fish who wants to fly and his wish is granted in a unique way. The illustrations are so beautiful and will be a favorite for the youngsters and the parents who read it aloud. The message is good: Believe in yourself and keep trying and your dreams can come true.