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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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In the story “The Rainbow Fish”, there is a beautiful fish, who is covered in rainbow and shimmery scales. He refuses to share his beautiful scales with a tiny blue fish, and is confused why he is exiled from the other fish. The central message of this story is about friendship and sharing. This story reminds us that what matters is who you surround yourself with, rather than what belongings you have. What is the point of having nice things if you have no one to share them with? The rainbow fish realizes that once he shares his scales, he felt at home with the other fish. ( )
  arianacassiere | Feb 16, 2017 |
The story, The Rainbow Fish, is about the most beautiful fish in the who thinks he is better than other, less dazzling fish. He does not give the other fish the time of day and they stop wanting anything to do with him, he is now alone. Rainbow Fish is very unhappy when the Octopus tell him he must give away his scale in order to find happiness. Rainbow Fish ends up giving away his scales to the other fish and realizes that it makes him happy to share his beauty with others. The central message of the story is, sharing will not only make others happy it will also allow you to find happiness. ( )
  MaiaBlaise | Feb 15, 2017 |
In the book, The Rainbow Fish, rainbow fish is the most beautiful fish in the sea! Everyone in the sea admires the beauty of his sparkly scales, but rainbow fish does not want anything to do with the other fish. When another fish asks rainbow fish for one of his scales, he has a hissy fit and scares the fish off. He soon learns that everybody in the sea dislikes him and he was very lonely. The message of this story is that if you share, not only will the people you share with will be happy, but you will fine enjoyment out of it we well. Rainbow fish gave away all of his scales but finally felt at home in the sea. ( )
  OliviaRubino | Feb 15, 2017 |
Summary: The story is about a fish who is very beautiful and everyone wanted a shiny scale like the rainbow fish. A little blue fish had the courage to ask for one of the shiny scales, but the rainbow fish said no. After the rainbow fish said no, no one wanted to play with the rainbow fish anymore. After the rainbow fish spoke to the wise octopus the rainbow fish decided he would finally share a shiny scale with the little blue fish. Once the little blue fish had a shiny scale then all the other fish wanted a scale. The rainbow fish gave all the other fish a shiny scale and felt joy from giving others the shiny scales. Once everyone had a shiny scale, they asked rainbow fish to play with them again.

Personal Reaction: I like this book, because it can help to teach with bullying or not sharing. Teachers could use this to show that a person may not want to share at first, but it could make them feel better in the end. Also, if they share others will want to play with them. I will be using this in the future when I start teaching.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Use this book as a teaching tool for sharing.
2. You could have the students make their own rainbow fish with shiny beautiful scales.
  BrittanyPatman | Feb 12, 2017 |
"The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister is about the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean. His scales were every shade of blue and green and purple, with sparkling silver scales among them. The other fish were amazed at his beauty. They called him Rainbow Fish. They would ask him to play with them he ignored them, letting his scales shimmer. One day, a little blue fish followed after him and asked him for just one of his shiny scales, he said no, so the little blue fish swam away he told all his friends, so all the fish ignored him. Then the Rainbow Fish was told by a starfish to find the cave where a wise octopus live. He finds the octopus and the octopus tells him to give up his scales to the other fish to be happy. He eventually gave all the fish one glittering scale and the more he gave away, the Rainbow Fish had only one shining scale left. His most prized possessions had been given away, yet he was very happy, he swam off to join his friends.
Personal Reaction:
This is another great book I loved when I was younger. It is a really good way to teach kids that beauty isn't everything and sharing with others is how to make friends. I would totally read this book to my students.
Extension Ideas:
1. I would have my students color some fishes and teach them about fishes life.
2. I would make up a game that would teach the kids how to share.
  JessicaHerriage21 | Feb 11, 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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