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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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The elaborate and unique illustrations create a spectacular story about sharing and acceptance. This book has had a lasting value in my life. I remember my mother reading this book to me as a young child. The beautiful fish draws in children with a universal message to all young students.
  kerrihopethomas | Sep 27, 2016 |
Summary: The Rainbow fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. All teh other fish admired his shiney scales. But, Rainbow fish is not willing to share his scales, so, he loses all of his friends. In the end, Rainbow fish gives one scale to all the other fish. They are all equally beautiful because they all have one snhiney scale.

Personal: I like this book because it shows what happens when we don't share. The Rainbow fish is a popular book. I remember reading it when I was younger.

1. Use the book to teach the class the importance of sharing.
  mollyinger | Sep 19, 2016 |
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a wonderful book with a great message and beautiful images. The short illustrated story depicts a gorgeous shiny fish undergo a journey through which a key lesson about life is learned. I would think this book would be age appropriate for children four to ten years old. The main character is a rainbow fish who is covered in beautifully reflective scales. The other fish admire rainbow fish’s beauty but the it’s basically too proud to interact with them. One day a smaller blue fish asks the rainbow fish for one of his shiny scales, rainbow fish tells him no and asks him he who thinks he is. After this the other fish no longer like rainbow fish, and rainbow fish just can't seem to figure out why. After being told you speak to a wise octopus, Rainbow Fish learns that it is better to give than to have, and is advised to give a scale to all of the other fishes. Upon returning Rainbow Fish gives away all of it’s scales and in doing so finds both friendship and happiness. Previously Rainbow fish would simply swim by the other fish and enjoyed being admired, now Rainbow Fish actually interacts and plays with the other fish. This short story has a couple wonderful and very important messages for children. One key message is that It is better to give than to have. The novel illustrates this by Rainbow Fish finding happiness in giving his prized possessions away, simultaneously showing us that true happiness isn't derived from materialistic possessions. The short story also illustrates that friendship and altruism are key components to happiness which I agree with deeply. This books lesson or central message is great, and the lesson it teaches really is key to living a good and content life. I would rate this short story 5/5 stars. Between its wonderful message, beautiful pictures, and calm story I really think this is a masterpiece of children's literature. ( )
  NicholasJohns | Sep 19, 2016 |
This book is about a fish that was very different then all the other fish because of the beautiful scales the fish had. The other fish called the fish "Rainbow Fish." The fish was at first very selfish and did not give anyone else a beautiful scale even though the fish had so many. Since the Rainbow fish was so mean to everyone, Rainbow fish quickly had no friends and ended up extremely lonely. Once the Rainbow fish received advice from a wise octopus the Rainbow fish began to share his scales left and right. The Rainbow fish became extremely happy and once again had many friends.

The central message of this book would be: Giving. Children can see how much happier the fish was after he shared his scales, even though they were so important to him. The illustration of the book was very pretty and it would be perfect for children starting out at school so they can learn how to share and make friends.
  mduran4 | Sep 19, 2016 |
This book won the Bologna Book Fair Critic award. This is a great book that has an important hidden lesson inside for children. Students will learn the importance of sharing and how to be a good friends. Teachers and parents can read this book to their students/children. This book also has wonderful illustrations in it with the sparkly scales that pops out to readers.
  Jaymand | Sep 18, 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:40 -0400)

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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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