If you read this very popular book just before bed, and the light is still on in the hallway, you can make the rainbow scales glitter on the page, and realize why the Rainbow Fish was so proud of his beautiful decoration. Sometimes, though, being too proud of outside beauty can blind a fish, or a child (or even, heaven forbid, a parent) to the beauty people hold inside. That's the lesson of this simple tale, imported from Switzerland. It's a useful one for future sneaker and designer clothing shoppers, for rainbow fish--and for quieter, plainer minnows, too.
Despite some jazzy special effects achieved with shimmery holographs, this cautionary tale about selfishness and vanity has trouble staying afloat. Rainbow Fish, "the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean," refuses to share his prized iridescent scales--which, indeed, flash and sparkle like prisms as each page is turned. When his greed leaves him without friends or admirers, the lonely fish seeks advice from the wise octopus, who counsels him to give away his beauty and "discover how to be happy." The translation from the original German text doesn't enhance the story's predictable plot, and lapses into somewhat vague descriptions: after sharing a single scale, "a rather peculiar feeling came over Rainbow Fish." Deep purples, blues and greens bleed together in Pfister's liquid watercolors; unfortunately, the watery effect is abruptly interrupted by a few stark white, text-only pages. Ages 4-8.
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I bought this book for a friends baby shower. I had never heard of it but I read it when it arrived and wished I had owned this book when my kids were little. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amy Jean
A true classic with a wonderful lesson for kids about sharing and friendship. Great price for a nice sturdy hardcoverPublished 2 days ago by Mommyof3
What's not to love about this book! From babies to age 6-7 this book will captures your child's attention visually as well as teaching them the importance of sharing.Published 5 days ago by The British Grapple Monkey
use this book regularly in my psychotherapy practice with kids in group art counselingPublished 9 days ago by Dr. Eric Green
I enjoyed the illustrations and can imagine that kids would be attracted by the sparkly fish scales. Read morePublished 15 days ago by EPGS
Message to kids: Better not have beautiful scales or you'll have no friends. Great moral, Rainbow Fish.
Wise old octopus, my behind. Read more