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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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The Rainbow Fish is a story of a very beautiful fish with lots of shimmering scales who finds happiness in sharing his scales, rather than keeping them all for himself. I really liked this story for the eye catching illustrations. on each page, the reader can see just how beautiful he is as the scales shimmer and catch the reader's eye. I also liked this story because of the meaning it teaches kids. Often children have trouble sharing, because they do not what to give up their special possessions. However, this story opens children's eyes to the happiness that can come from sharing from both their friends and within themselves. I found the big idea was this importance of sharing. The Rainbow Fish finally found happiness after sharing with his friends, because each of them felt special as well. ( )
  KendraEscalona | Oct 13, 2014 |
I liked this book for two reasons. One reason I liked this book was for the illustrations. The way the author had the Rainbow Fish actually have sparkly scales in the book really emphasized how beautiful the Rainbow Fish was. The illustrations really brought the story to life. Another reason I liked this book was for the way the story was written. The big message of this story was the value of friendship and sharing. This is a very heavy and important topic to talk about with little children, but the way the story was written made it less intense. The fun, engaging plot about the emotional journey of the Rainbow Fish did an excellent job of teaching children this important lesson without being too overbearing. ( )
  akwon3 | Oct 7, 2014 |
Review: This is my all time favorite children's book. It has a great lesson and I think children will really enjoy reading this book. The pictures were amazingly drawn and help the reader follow along with the story.

Summary: The story begins with a beautiful fish that lives deep in the ocean. All of the other fish were very jealous of the rainbow fish's scales. One day all the fish asked the rainbow fish if he wanted to play with them and he just swam by showing off his scales. A little blue fish swam up to him and asked him if he could have one of his beautiful scales. The rainbow fish looked at him like he was crazy and said no. None of the other fish wanted anything to do with him after that. Rainbow fish was very lonely and realized that it doesn't matter how pretty he is if no one could see it. Rainbow fish went to see the octopus in a deep cave. She told him that the waves have told her Rainbow fish's story and her advice is to give one of his scales to every fish. She said that he will no longer be the prettiest fish, but he will know what it is like to have friends. After debating for a while he finally decides to give one to the little blue fish. He realizes how happy the little blue fish was and all of a sudden everyone was surrounding him asking for scales. At the end he ended up having only one scale left. Everyone wanted to hang out with the Rainbow fish and he finally had friends.

Argument: This was one of my favorite children's books when I was younger. I really like this book and enjoy reading it. The illustrations are really great and it is just a fun book to read that teaches a lesson at the same time.

The overall message for this book is about sharing. The little fish is very mean about sharing his prized possession, his shiny scales. But throughout the book he learns to share or else he won't be happy. At the end he only has one scale, but has so many friends. This is an amazing book about friendship ( )
  knold1 | Sep 30, 2014 |
Summary: The Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean; his shiny scales are coveted by all of the other fish. But when asked by a little blue fish to share just one of his shining scales, the Rainbow Fish selfishly refuses, and finds that he has no friends after that. He seeks out the wise octopus for advice, and she tells him that he must share his scales. Though he originally refuses, eventually, the Rainbow Fish heeds her advice, and finds that he is much happier when he shares his shining scales with all of his friends, saving only one for himself.

Review: This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. The illustrations (a combination of watercolor, ink and collage for the shiny scales) are simply marvelous, and the story, while not complex, carries a valuable message about the importance of sharing, conveying it clearly without ever outright stating it. The language is simple enough for young readers, but not so simple that it is boring. In my opinion, this is a wonderful book that everyone should read.

Central Idea of The Rainbow Fish: If you are selfish and do not share, you will not have many friends. ( )
  jlampr1 | Sep 30, 2014 |
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The Rainbow FIsh has always been one of my favorite books as a child. I can remember doing crafts on this book in school. The overall meaning of this children's book is one that every child can understand and learn from. Sharing is key to everything, not only does it make your friends you're sharing with happy but it makes you happy and proud of yourself inside.

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In the children's book, "Rainbow Fish", Rainbow fish is a beautiful fish who has many shiny scales. He was beautiful but did not have many friends. One day a little blue fish asked for one of his shining scales, but Rainbow Fish said no and so the little blue fish sam away. Rainbow FIsh went to talk to the octopus and the octopus said "GIve away your shining scales. You won't be as beautiful, but you will have friends". And that is just what he did. Rainbow FIsh gave away all but one of his shining scales, but now he wasn't alone. Rainbow Fish swam off with all of his new friends and was the happiest fish in the sea. ( )
  mnorth2 | Sep 26, 2014 |
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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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