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The Golden Fish

Usborne English Readers Starter Level
The Golden Fish

One day, Ned catches a magic golden fish. “You can have a wish,” the fish says. Ned doesn’t wish for anything, but his brother Sam wishes for more and more…

Includes a word list, 5 pages of activities and free online audio (British English and American English).

300 headwords
589 words

Please note, the Usborne English Readers series cannot be purchased via this website for delivery in Spain and Portugal due to rights restrictions.


Age: 4+

CEFR Level: A1

Price: £6.99
ISBN: 9781474964029
24 pages
240 x 170mm

Illustrator: Jesus Lopez

Mairi Mackinnon

Mairi Mackinnon has lived in England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain, and worked as an English teacher, translator and tour manager before joining Usborne. Over the years, she has edited Usborne books in English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Welsh. She has worked extensively on books for beginner readers, such as Usborne Very First Reading, and developed the Usborne English Readers series for young English language learners. She has also worked on the Usborne Foundation’s popular phonics game, Teach your Monster to Read.

Mairi Mackinnon

Press Reviews

This is a fanciful fairytale adaptation with a twist about two very poor brothers. One day, the hard-working brother catches a golden fish which promises to fulfill a wish of his in exchange for its freedom. His problem involves asking for wishes for his lazy and avaricious brother. The vocabulary and phrases in the story are reader-friendly for little language learners. This is a story with moral values, beautifully illustrated and a book that children will want to read again and again.
Language Learner Literature Award judges