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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
Rating:****
Tags:Beautiful, Different

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This is an excellent book on the lesson of sharing. The Rainbow Fish has beautiful scales that he thinks will make everybody like him. However, he doesn't want to share his scales with others. Because of this, the other fish don't like him very much. He learns a valuable lesson that beauty is deeper than appearance. He may have beautiful scales, but they mean nothing if he doesn't share them and treat others kindly. Once he shares his scales, he is much happier than he was when he as being selfish. He also makes new friends by sharing.
  chloeford | Jan 18, 2017 |
Another classic children's book, this is a very beautifully illustrated story about the Rainbow Fish and his journey to giving and selflessness. After spending time being the most beautiful fish in the sea, his beauty made him selfish, wanting to keep his shiny, glittering scales to himself. His selfish attitude makes it so no fish want to talk to the Rainbow Fish, or be near him when he swims past. Eventually, the Rainbow Fish goes and finds the wise octopus of the ocean, who gives him advice on how to be happy. She advises him to be more generous and share his scales with other fish, and in return, he may form friendships with them and be incredibly happy.

This book could be used to teach the gratification of sharing, specifically how we can feel more happy sharing with others than keeping to ourselves. Because, just like the Rainbow Fish, he was much happier sharing his scales with other fish, as that act of sharing brought him closer to others and helped him form friendships. ( )
  gabitouriel | Jan 18, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book because the photos were very engaging and enhanced the story. For example, the rainbow fish was beautifully drawn and of course had rainbow scales. The book states, "His [rainbow fish] scales were blue, green, purple, and pink." The big idea behind this book is that sharing is always important. ( )
  breannaamos | Dec 15, 2016 |
Rainbow Fish is much more beautiful than the other fish, but he is mean to his friends. The other fish stop admiring him, so he decides to give each fish one of his shiny scales. I liked this book for two reasons. First, the illustrations enhanced the story. For instance, at the end it shows Rainbow Fish and his friends, each with one shiny scale. This captures the message of the story, showing the beauty of sharing. Second, I liked the descriptive language. For example, "His scales were every shade of blue and green and purple, with sparkling silver scales among them." This creates wonderful imagery for the reader. The overall message is that what you look like is not what makes you beautiful; being kind and sharing is beautiful. ( )
  hollyjones | Dec 12, 2016 |
the classic story of a beautiful fish that has no friends. he decides to give away his beatiful fins and ends up making friends with the other fish
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  TUCC | Dec 9, 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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