Kim Michelle Toft

Silk Artist | Author | Illustrator

One Less Fish

A spectacular picture information book set on the Great Barrier Reef. The fish shimmer from page to page with Toft’s vivid hand painted silk illustrations.. Co-written by Allan Sheather, the authors use classic rhyme as an environmental countdown is unraveled.

 Extract from the book

Twelve gracious angelfish
thinking they’re in heaven
along came the divers
and now there are eleven.

PUBLISHER: Silkim Books 2020
                     UQP 1997

ISBN: 978 0 9942388 5 6
Suitable for early childhood and lower primary

$18 Paperback


  • Honour Book – Children’s Book Council of Australia 1998
  • Shortlisted – The Australian Wilderness Society 1998
  • Shortlisted – Koala Awards 1998
  • Best Lower Primary Children’s Book – Royal Zoological Society NSW 1998
  • Best Children’s Book – Benjamin Franklin Awards USA 1999
  • Top 10 Children’s Book – Teacher’s Choice Awards USA 1999



One Less Fish is a beautifully crafted book . The author and illustrator’s love of the ocean shines through with the clever verses and brilliantly coloured silk illustrations.

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