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The Rainbow Fish Paperback – 13 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 25 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (Nord-Sud Verlag AG) (13 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3314015445
  • ISBN-13: 978-3314015441
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 21.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delightful tale." Parade"

"Will fascinate preschoolers." Booklist" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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A story about the most beautiful fish in the ocean discovering the real value of personal beauty and friendship. Under the sea is a fish different from every other fish as he has multi-coloured shiny scales. A friend of rainbow fish asked if he could have one of his shiny scales but rainbow fish rudely refused. This began to upset the follow fish and rainbow fish ended up with only one friend. Starfish advised rainbow fish to visit Octopus for some help, to rainbow fish’s surprise Octopus suggests sharing out his beautiful scales. Back in the reef, rainbow fish does just that which makes both him and the other fishes very happy.

Themes: colours, differences, fish, habitats.

Activity ideas:
- Children could count the rainbow fish’s scales.
- Children could make a 3D rainbow fish using a balloon, newspaper, glue and coloured pieces of paper.
- Children could write about the fishes feeling throughout the story.
- Children could discuss their most prize possessions as the rainbow fish gave away his prize possessions.
- Children could make a group picture of the fish, sharing out the jobs to do. They could all have one scale each to do and do whatever patterns, colour and texture on it to make it unique.
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The Rainbow Fish has been on our bookshelf for at least 2 years and is still a favourite with my children. It's stunning illustrations complement the simple story of a vain fish with no friends who finds that sharing his silver scales leads to happiness. It's moral is easy for small children to understand and discuss. I know it will be a favourite of ours for years to come.
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Ignore the reviews about the fish 'buying his friends' and just enjoy a beautifully illustrated book. The pictures are simply delightful and the sparkly scales bring the story to life in a way that captures little one's interest perfectly.
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I thought this was going to be a nice story about sharing, but unfortunately there was an undertone to this story that I was not expecting and I did not like. The story is about a beautiful fish that doesn't have any friends. All the other fish are basically jealous that he has beautiful shiny scales and they all ask him to give them one of his scales- or they won't be his friend. As I was reading this this with my children, it didn't feel right to say - yes the rainbow fish should give away his scales- We all felt sorry for the rainbow fish and thought the other fish were mean to him. After all, that is how he was born- a beautiful fish. He did not come across as being haughty, just sad that no one liked them and not that keen on giving away his shiny scales.

Worringly, several wrong messages could be taken by children from this book:
- no one should stand out from the crowd- if you do , you don't deserve to have friends
- anyone that looks different from the rest should be bullied
- that you need to buy your friends (weird as I thought friends that needed to be bought were not worth having?);
- you should not be beautiful or have natural talents better than your peer group or you will be sad.

Having lived in Switzerland for several years I suspect that the darker theme of this book is not an accident- from my experience in Switzerland individuality is not seen as a good thing. The last thing you should do if you want to have friends is try to stand out from the crowd. In the end all the fish look the same and then they are happy. Perfect.
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My very young daughter was so impressed with the beautiful illustrations for this book that when she saw the wallpaper she wouldn't leave the shop til it had been bought and promised for the decoration of the bathroom. On the other hand for a child with Aspergers & dyspraxia I am not sure it was the best story to enforce that being different is okay and to embrace that difference as you cannot change it
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'The Rainbow Fish is an international bestseller and a modern classic.
Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that give this book its lasting value.'

A story predominantly aimed at pre-schoolers, with mixed views on its message, but still a favourite in the reading corner for its 'glistening' attributes.
I have seen it as the 'source book' for many a book corner project with the children's own ideas of what the book means to them......usually some glitter and a bit of sparkly foil!
This 2007/NorthSouth Books paperback version is no exception, retaining that original unique format with 48 high quality pages, in the popular 'two-page spread' format, with sparkly scales a-glowing, even in the dark cave of the octopus:

"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."
"I can't...." the Rainbow Fish started to say, but the octopus had already disappeared into a large cloud of ink.....'
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