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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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Summary: the selfish fish of the sea learns that being beautiful isn't what it's all made up to be. When he learns how the fish treat him when he ignores their question to play he finds out that beauty isn't everything when there's no one to admire it. The rainbow fish gives a scale, then another, and another till there's only one left. A feeling of happiness occurs and then the other fish ask him to play!

Personal: this was such a cute book! The pictures alone caught the attention of my nephews, and the story was so good for them to learn about sharing.

Extension: this would be a great book to teach about sharing within the classroom. Maybe have them bring something they love and share it with the other kids in the classroom. ( )
  William.Rowell | Jul 22, 2016 |
The book is about a fish with beautiful scales who was rude and didn't share his scales. A fish asked for one of his scales but he refused. After Losing almost all of his friend, his only friend told him to get some advice from the wise octopus. He told the fish that sharing will make everyone happy. The Fish then shared all of his scales with everyone and everyone was happy.

Reading this book as a child made me very caring of others. This book showed me the power of sharing and how fun it is to make people happy. Now I am very selfless and will to share anything I have with everyone.

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The book should continue with the fish having fun with everyone. When everyone is done playing they could give the fish a gift for him sharing with everyone. The Octopus could come and congratulate him on his selflessness. ( )
  chywatt | Jul 12, 2016 |
In the book The Rainbow Fish, a fish has beautiful, shiny, special scales. When asked to share his scales he was hateful and sent them on their way. After that the other fish would have nothing to do with him and quickly the fish became the loneliest fish in the entire ocean.
The fish goes to see an octopus to see if he can some advise. He tells him to give all the fish one shiny scale and he will then be happy. After much thought he decides to do just that until he is down to just one shiny scale. He was no longer the most beautiful fish in the ocean but he was happy and was no longer lonely.
This would be a great book for the classroom to have the children create their own rainbow fish at the art table. It is a beautiful art project and can be followed by a discussion activity.
In the discussion activity, sharing could be the main focus. It can teach the children that while they love the toys they are playing with, it can be so much more fun when they enjoy them with other friends. It would start with many open ended questions for the children to create answers to an have a discussion on friendship, sharing, and treating your friends with respect. ( )
  sb938957 | Jul 2, 2016 |
A great children's book ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
enjoyed reading as a child taught the values of sharing. ( )
  Daniellegamble | May 17, 2016 |
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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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