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The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish (edition 1992)

by Marcus Pfister

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Title:The Rainbow Fish
Authors:Marcus Pfister
Info:North-South Books (1992), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:TED 255
Tags:Beautiful, Different

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The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister



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This book is a good book to read because the main theme is sharing. This book shows that you can make everyone happy by helping them out. This would be a great book to read if your students are having trouble sharing. ( )
  ccampeaux | Apr 22, 2015 |
In my opinion this is an excellent book that shows the importance of sharing with others. The language is very descriptive, including all the different colors of the rainbow fish and how much the other fish admired his rainbow scales. The writing was engaging and used simple vocabulary that could be easily read by beginner readers. However, the book did contain some content specific words such as, "scales" or "reef" that may be unfamiliar to beginning readers. The characters were believable and relatable, especially the rainbow fish to children who may not want to share an item that is very special to them with others. The plot is well organized and introduces the rainbow fish and then moves on to a problem, such as the other fish not wanting to be his friend, and then a solution. The story is well paced and easy to follow. The illustrations aided in the engagement of the story with bright colors and the shimmering of the rainbow scales is very appealing to the eyes. Children are really able to follow along with the illustrations because they were very well done and placed in this story to go along with the text. The book teaches readers the importance of sharing with others and how that will make you happier then keeping things for yourself. In the end of the story, the author writes " Finally, he had only one shining scale left. But now, as he swam off to play with his friends, he was the happiest fish in the sea." The big idea of this text is to give to others what you have if you are able to, and in the end it will be a very rewarding experience and you will develop great friendships because of it. ( )
  agassa1 | Apr 20, 2015 |
The Rainbow Fish is a fantasy novel about one beautiful fish, known as the rainbow fish. He was the most beautiful in all of the sea and everyone admires his glittering scales. One day, a fish approaches him, wanting one of his scales. The rainbow fish harshly rebukes him, never imagining giving up one of his precious scales. The rainbow fish realizes that he is very unhappy and that he has no meaningful friendships, and seeks the advice of a great octopus. Throughout the book, the rainbow fish learns the value of friendship and having fun. This book would be wonderful for young children who may be struggling to make friends, or a fun book to read about the value of friendship. ( )
  rebeccafrady | Apr 16, 2015 |
This is one of my favorite childhood stories. I really enjoy this book. The main idea of this story is to share and be kind to your friends. I really love the illustrations of rainbow fish. The scales he has are very pretty and eye catching. My favorite illustration of the book is at the end when each fish is able to have a shiny scale. The message of the book is very powerful as well. This shows readers how important it is to be kind and to share with your friends. The emotions/feelings are also a great aspect of this book. The characters are so clear in their feelings. Rainbow fish is mean and does not share his scales; in result the other fish get mad and/or upset and don’t want to be around rainbow fish. ( )
  kfrey4 | Apr 13, 2015 |
Rainbow Fish is one of my favorite children's books of all times. I loved Rainbow Fish as a child because I distinctly remember being intrigued by the illustrations. I would always ask my mom to read it to me because I wanted to see Rainbow Fish's shimmery scales. The illustrations also shows the reader how Rainbow Fish's appearance differs among the other fish. It is clear that the other fish's scales are dull in comparison to Rainbow Fish, and they are jealous. This message serves a great connection to young readers. Rainbow Fish ended up sharing his scales with the other fish and it made him happy. It teaches children the value of sharing and friendship, which is something younger students are just learning about. I thought the ending was very cute when Rainbow Fish kept his one shiny scale.
  amanna2 | Apr 7, 2015 |
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For the children of First UU Church of Austin, from Yew Grove Pagan Interfaith
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A long way out in the deep blue sea there lived a fish.
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The Rainbow Fish is about accepting oneself for who one is. For the shy fish, she is not comfortable swimming in the sea with her one sparkle on her skin. However, as the story continues, she gains confidence and learns to accept and embrace her individuality. As a result, she is seen as the prettiest fish in the sea.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 059048169X, Hardcover)

The Rainbow Fish, with his shimmering scales, is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. But he is proud and vain and none of the other fish want to be his friend--until he learsn to give away some of his most prized possessions.

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The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.

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