Known throughout southern New England as Dave the Animal Man for his business called Animal Experiences, Dave Marchetti has three books geared to young children: Steve the Stickleback, Nestle’s Big Adventure, and The Frog with Slippery Fingers.
Steve the Stickleback is a cute story aimed at young children and beginner readers. It tells the story of Steve a young male Stickleback fish on his adventure to build a nest, find a mate and care for his babies. The males of this amazing little fish start out a plain silver/ grey color but in a short time during breeding season undergo an amazing color transformation becoming a beautiful red color with traces of green and bluish eyes. Many of these fish don’t survive their journey due to predators they may encounter along the way. Their journey takes them from deeper water into small brackish water streams filled with branches and grasses. This adventure takes place early each spring in many parts of the world including Rhode Island in a stream less than half a mile from the author’s house. In Rhode Island the fish typically begin their journey in late March and are watching over their babies within a few weeks. Unlike many native fish they readily breed in an aquarium often within days of catching them.