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Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale Hardcover – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735810095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735810099
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-The winsome and sensible fish who stole preschoolers' hearts in Rainbow Fish (1992) and Rainbow Fish to the Rescue (1995, both North-South) has returned. In this story, Rainbow Fish and his friends must share their food and their space with a gentle old whale who comes to their reef. The fish with the jagged scales complains that the blue whale is watching them, and soon everyone views the large mammal as an enemy. After a skirmish in which the whale scares all of the little fish into a cave, Rainbow Fish realizes that it is up to him to approach the larger animal and make peace. A heart-to-heart talk between the two reveals that the whale watched the fish only because he admired their beauty. Indeed, the holographic silver foil applied to the fins and scales of these expressive and colorfully illustrated fish is eye-catching. The glittering watercolor artwork of this book has the same child appeal of its popular predecessors. However, the story is thin, possessing more adjectives than action. Its moral theme of tolerance and communication, while admirable, can be found in at least a dozen better books. This one is for those already enamored of Rainbow Fish. It is not likely to win new fans.
Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 3^-5. Rainbow Fish and his friends enjoy eating the krill, or tiny shrimp, that populate the ocean floor. When a big whale comes into the area, he starts eating krill, too. Soon the fish worry that he'll eat them, and they hide when he's around. The hurt whale pretends that is just what he's going to do, but in the end, Rainbow Fish and the whale have a laugh over the misunderstanding, and everything works out fine--except for the krill, of course. The message--don't make assumptions about creatures that are different--is slightly garbled, and the story itself bland. But the pictures are as shiny as ever, which is the main attraction, anyway. The artwork overall is quite winning. The double-page spreads drenched in underwater blues, greens, and lavenders are a nice, eye-catching size, making this a good choice for story hours. Ilene Cooper

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Great book series for little kids.
Lutherans in Missouri
I thought I was purchasing the original book that was an 8 x 10 or a 10 x 12 inch size book- On both occasions I received the small baby size hard book instead.
Siren Star Publishing
I think it teaches lots of lessons.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Huge Enterprises on August 13, 2002
Format: Board book
I love this story. ... I think it teaches lots of lessons. For example, it teaches how it is wrong to make snap judgements about others. It also teaches how to work out differences, and meet with people that are different.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale is the third in the Rainbow Fish series. In the first book, Rainbow Fish has to learn to share his glittering scales in order to be accepted. In the second book, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue, Rainbow Fish learns to help those in need, even if they are different. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale builds on the theme of Rainbow Fish to the Rescue . . . except by exploring differences on a larger scale. The book features the same beautiful illustrations and glittering highlights that made the first two books so much fun to look at.
Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale is based on a misunderstanding. The fish and the whale are both attracted by the krill (small shrimp-like creatures) that live near the reef. The whale also enjoys seeing the sparkling highlights on the fish. One of the fish develops a fear of the whale. When the whale comes close one day, the jagged fin fish says, "Look out! . . . The wicked whale is after us!"
The whale's feelings are hurt, and the whale becomes angry. The whale chases the fish into a cavern and waves its tail so violently that the krill are dispersed. Soon, whale and fish are hungry.
Rainbow fish overcomes his fear. "We must make peace with the whale." "Please let's talk." "This fight was all a big mistake. It drove off the krill and now we're all hungry."
The whale makes peace. "Come now! said the whale." "Let's find new hunting grounds." "And before long, none of them could remember what the terrible fight had been about."
The story is a good one to read to both older and younger siblings. For the older ones, it shows the importance of not being threatening.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sanguine on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For the third time in as many books, Marcus Pfister passes along the lesson "Be nice to others." That was the moral of the story in The Rainbow Fish; it was also the moral in Rainbow Fish to the Rescue. Why Mr. Pfister felt it necessary to bludgeon the reader over the head with it yet again in Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale is truly beyond me. It wouldn't really bother me - after all, there's nothing wrong with reminding children as well as adults that it's good to be nice - except the writing itself in Big Blue Whale is so poor. As in Rainbow Fish to the Rescue, Big Blue Whale feels rushed and slipshod, as if the author threw together any old story in order to make a deadline. Even a simple, predictable and cliched story can still be well-written and enjoyable; unfortunately, Big Blue Whale is all of the former and neither of the latter. Save your money and stick to the original Rainbow Fish.
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Format: Board book
Our kids love this book. They were truly engrossed in the beautiful colors and gentle flow of the story. The sparkly fish on each page are just lovely to look at; the book captured their attention because the character of the whale was able to teach a lesson both obvious and hidden. The obvious lesson was that you can't judge a book by it's cover, since the fish were intimidated and frightened by the whale's constant staring. Little did they realize that the whale was in awe of their colorful, peaceful beauty, and this is why he gazed at them each day. When I asked the kids to figure out if there was another message in the story, they thought long and hard and eventually came up with the perfect answer: kindness brings friends together! Read this charming tale and you will see what they mean.
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Format: Hardcover
THis is a good book on not judging people by the first impression. PEople thses days have to learn not to judge epople by looks. Just becasue someone looks different doesn't mean they are different. IF someone is bigger than you, it doesn't make them a bully. A lot of people make stereotype's and think people are mean because of their size. Yet they have to that it whats on the inside that counts.
We all judge people at one time or another, its natural. We just have to learn to except people for who they are. I like this book because it shows how people treat others in modern life. This book shows how to except others. I also like it because judging is not a good think, it the good qualities we need to look for i a person, not the bad ones.
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By girlTJ on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm so glad to see that people aren't in an outrage about this part of the series. I, personally, was a huge fan of the first Rainbow fish book, and my little sister loves "Rainbow Fish to the rescue", but the third enstallment just wasn't as good. I founf myself getting extremely bored as I read it. Basically the fish are all afraid of this big whale thats been watching them from afar. So the usual jerk "The fish with the jagged fins", says that he thinks that whale wants to eat them. So the whale gets angry, and unessacairly scares the fish buy chasing thme around. Why shouldn't they be scared, some whales do eat fish. I just thought it was a bad lesson. But overall, it was ok.
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