The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish

Book - 2002
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The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.
Publisher: New York : North-South Books, 2002, c1992
Edition: 10th anniversary ed. --
ISBN: 9780735817487
Branch Call Number: JP Pfist 3567
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill
Additional Contributors: James, J. Alison


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Sep 05, 2018

We liked this book. Our favorite part was when the rainbow fish shared all his sparkly scales. This was our favorite part because there as a lot of scales, he learned to share and now he’s not alone. We learned that when you share you will be a lot happier. If you didn’t share your scales that means you are being a bucket dipper. This book reminded us of the book ‘How to be a Bucket Filler’ because they both teach us about being nice.

Jun 06, 2017

Great book to help children understand the concept of sharing.

Apr 12, 2017

This book is a family favorite and brings an important message to the children of our materialistic society.
Sure, Rainbow Fish has more beautiful scales than all the other fish, but he is snotty, selfish, and rude. They do not bully him, they simply leave him alone (and yes, I think it's perfectly fine to teach our children they have the right to set boundaries with arrogant people!).
In the end, with the help of the starfish and the octopus, Rainbow Fish discovers the happy feeling that comes from being generous to one's friends, and that sometimes, less is more: giving is getting and sharing is keeping.

Feb 27, 2017

I have to agree with chgarland. This book actually threw me off quite a bit. I'm all for sharing. But, what I don't agree with is how this fish has these beautiful scales, and unless he shares them, no one will be nice to him. Is that what we're to teach our children? I think it sends a bullying message because none of the fish wanted to be his friend and wouldn't talk to him until he shared the scales that belonged to him. I would hate for my child to have something and because it was his, others kids didn't talk to him unless he gave it away. Ugh, I wanted to love this book after so many great reviews and suggestions from people to read it. But, I just can't. The sharing message was lost when the other fish ignored him and made him feel isolated and alone because he had something they wanted.

vernessa7 Jun 03, 2013

Do not like because it is to baby. by Michael

Aug 05, 2012

On a weekly book thread I frequent, somebody mentioned something called "The Rainbow Fish" and called it commie trash. Boy is it ever. Pretty fish has sparkly scales. Other fishes are jealous and punish Rainbow Fish with social isolation until/unless he hands out single sparkly scales to all the other fish. Then they are nice to him again. Apparently this is supposed to teach some moral lesson about sharing but what it really teaches is "bullying pays."

Aug 21, 2011

Beautiful story about how sharing with others can be very rewarding.

dragonsnakes Mar 16, 2011

Cute children's book with a message.

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Sep 02, 2017

Mendoza1811 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 5

Emily_ELPL Feb 25, 2017

Emily_ELPL thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

vernessa7 Jun 03, 2013

vernessa7 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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vernessa7 Jun 03, 2013

Rainbow fish did not share his scales with the other fish and he was lonely but when he shared his scales he made a lot of friends. by michael


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vernessa7 Jun 03, 2013

quoted by Michael from book : I have been waiting for you said the octopus with a deep voice , the waves have told me your story this is my advice give a glittering scale to each of the other fish you will no longer be the most beautiful fish in the sea but you will discover how to be happy


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