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April 16, 2009

Rainbow fish is not so filled with rainbows

Filed under: Uncategorized — by npappas13 @ 1:21 am

rainbow_fishPfister, M. (1992). The Rainbow Fish. New York: North-South Books
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Grades: Kindergarten-2nd

The Rainbow Fish is an inspiring story about the most beautiful fish with shimmering, gorgeous scales. In the beginning of the book, Rainbow Fish was self-centered and had an arrogant personality; whenever any fish asked for one of his many scales, he would always decline and never would share. Throughout the story, Rainbow Fish slowly realizes that being beautiful is not the key to happines. The lesson learned is that sharing and being a good friend is how you become happy. This lesson Rainbow Fish learns is very important and should be taught to all children. The Rainbow Fish’s character develops and is defined through the text and illustrations therefore making it easy for children to relate to. By seeing Rainbow Fish’s reactions on his face and reading how he is feeling, the reader can sympathize with his character. By sympathizing with Rainbow Fish’s character, the reader will be able to learn the moral of the story. Share this story with your kids and not only will the be entertained by the wonderful, iridescent illustrations but they will learn a lifelong lesson.


About the Author/Illustrator

marcus_pfisterBorn in Switzerland, Marcus Pfister started out as a graphic desgner of an advertising agency. He then realized he wanted to dedicate more time to children’s books. He illustrated and wrote his first book The Sleepy Owl in 1983, his career blossomed from there. Rainbow Fish is his best piece thus far but other books he has created are Penguin Pet and Hopper. Information can be found at








1 Comment »

  1. So many of my friends love this book. So many of my *thinking* friends despise it.

    This book is not about sharing. It is about giving up *one’s self* to anyone who asks for it for any reason whatsoever. In the end, the rainbow fish loses all of the beauty and uniqueness that made him different and special. He becomes one of the masses.

    The next time you read this story to your little one, think about what makes *your* child special and unique. Then think how sad you would be if he or she went to school and lost that special gift because his or her peers found it to be uncool. How sad you would be.

    Teach your child to celebrate their uniqueness. Encourage them to shimmer!

    There are better ways to teach your children about sharing without having to debase and degrade what makes them special and unique.

    Comment by Dagny Taggart — August 14, 2009 @ 2:14 pm |Reply

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