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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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Explains the importance of sharing, friendship, and happiness.
  LorieZ03 | Mar 22, 2017 |
The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value
  CassityE | Mar 20, 2017 |
The Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the sea but because of this he is also the lonliest. He find his beauty is more important than friends until one day he is so lonely he decides to share his beautiful scales. As a result of sharing, he makes many new friends. The central message of this story is friendship is more important that looks. ( )
  ChristineConrad | Mar 16, 2017 |
In the book, The Rainbow Fish, the moral of the story is basically there are going to be others that look different than others. Rainbow Fish is constantly picked on throughout the book until the end. The other fish actually get jealous that he has different colored scales so the fish gives a lot of his fish friends a scale. After the fish handed out almost all of his scales the other fish and him were the same. ( )
  mikementzer21 | Mar 16, 2017 |
In my opinion this is an amazing book. I really enjoyed it for three main reasons, the characters, the illustrations and the plot. I like the characters in this story because the problems that were being faced in the book are similar to those we face in everyday life. When books are relatable you are able to make connections and envision yourself in the book. The Rainbow fish is a beautiful fish who loves his scales more than anything else in the sea and it causes the other fish and sea creatures to not like him. The Rainbow fish had internal issues yet, he was able to overcome his self conflict by giving/sharing a scale to another fish. I think this is a great message and awesome character development because it is when children are young that they do not like to share or give up what is theres, but it is important to share because it is apart of life.After the Rainbow fish gave the little blue fish a scale, it made him so happy and Rainbow fish understood why it is nice to share. I also liked this story because of the plot. It portrays the problems that this rainbow fish is having in a real-life situation. The plot was extremely organized and was very well written. I also loved the illustrations because I felt that did a great job of enhancing the story. The bright and vibrant colors were eye popping and made you excited to flip the page. Overall, I believe the message of this book is that just because you have something others don't, doesn't mean you are better than them or it is okay to be mean, because in the end you'll end up sad instead of happy. The Rainbow fish achieved full happiness after he decided to start sharing with the other fish because he saw the happiness it brought to them and that made him happy. This is a very important lesson and I think the book does a great job of representing that. ( )
  mscanl1 | Mar 13, 2017 |
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Summary: The Rainbow fish is a book about a very beautiful and shimmering fish who finds happiness by sharing his scales with the other fish.

Personal Reaction: This book is a very good book. Its morals are genuine and it not only teaches kindness but also acceptance. It also teaches how to value being yourself. I really liked this book and the pictures. It is a easy to read picture book.

Classroom Extension: It would be fun to have children make their own storybook telling/showing how they can be kind to someone.
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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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