Pez Arco Iris SP Rainbow Fish

ISBN: 1558583610
ISBN 13: 9781558583610
By: Marcus Pfister Ana Tortajada

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Leigh Porch

I'm fairly hard pressed to truly dislike a children's book, but the message of this story is awful. This beautiful and unique fish meets some horribly jealous fish who won't befriend him. In order to be accepted, the rainbow fish must give up all of his scales to bribe the other fish to be his friends. What kind of message does this send to a child? I could see a child, having experienced unkind treatment, deciding to give away all her favorite toys trying to become popular on the playground based on the "lesson" in this story. This story is not about sharing. It is about buying the love of others, conformity, and making poor choices in friends. (It also hasn't escaped me that perhaps it is intended to a communist allegory. Anyone?)


read it as often as possible to as many people as possible.....everybody gets a piece of beauty.....everyone is sharing.....everybody is friends....but the real reason i like the book so much is there is something shiny on every page.....yeah...the truthis finally out

Zequoia Hyche

This book to me is a very important one, because it teaches children about having beauty within and confidence in yourself. Not only that, but it also teaches to the topic of making friends. As children, it often can become difficult for students to make friends, because of what they look like or what they may have. Others can be jealous of those things and treat you differently, but once you are confident in yourself, it helps others to be more accepting and comfortable around you. And you are more likely to make friends. I love the illustrations and how shiny the scales are in the book and the fact that you can touch them to feel how smooth they are. It acts as a sensory stimulate for children and adults. And it also teaches children about the ocean and what kinds of animals live in the ocean.

Holly Palmer

This is a lovely story about a fish with beautiful multicoloured scales. Despite her outside beauty, the fish is very vain and arrogant towards the other fish without beautiful scales. This is reflected in her refusal to share her scales with any of the other fish.However, eventually the rainbow fish becomes lonely as the other fish do not want to play with her because they think she is selfish for not sharing. This leads to her giving each fish one of her scales so every fish (including herself) all possess just one beautiful scale. The rainbow fish is then accepted by the other fish and leads a much happier life as a result. I really like this book for two different reasons. Firstly, the illustrations are captivating as the rainbow fish's scales are multicoloured and sparkly. I also really like the important underlying morals of the story- selfishness will lead to unhappiness and sharing will help to make friends and lead to happiness. I think that this book is appropriate for a wide range of ages. It could be used with reception classes to introduce the concept of sharing and encourage them to share things within the classroom. It can also be used across key stage 1 and early key stage 2 within phse lessons to get the children to think about how their actions are perceived by others. As well as helping to teach children important life morals, the interesting textures and vibrant colours may also instigate an interesting art lesson. Children could be taught collage techniques to make their own rainbow fish.


Of course this is a classic, it was one of the first books I got when I was little. Its a good book to teach about individuality and sharing and several other social skills. The colors are great in the book and the little metallic scales really add to the story. Kids love this book, I know I read it over and over.


Ahem. Nice little book that teaches sharing, or subtle liberal socialist propaganda which teaches to give away all and anything special about yourself or what you have for the betterment of the whole?You might think I'm being ridiculous, but I was a bit alarmed at this children's book when a professor in a teaching class read it to us aloud. Basically, Rainbow Fish is special because, unlike the other fish, he is special and has many colors of the rainbow on his fins. The other fish grow jealous and hostile and demand that Rainbow Fish give away his beautiful scales to the others so they can have part of his beautiful colors. He refuses at first, but then yields, giving away the colored fins to all the other fishes so they each have one or two colored scales, thus equalizing the entire school. Rainbow fish is no longer special, but is happier having given this unique characteristic away because the other fish are now happy and accepting of him.Are you kidding me? This is basically telling kids that if they have something special, they should share it so that everyone is equal. But then, no one is special. It's very much like the socialist belief that if you have a skill or make more money, that money should not belong to you, the one who has it or has earned it; you should not be able to do with this as you please--which very well may be to help others. No. You are to give this away for the betterment of the group because they demand that you do so. Nobody should have any kind of special thing or advantage. Nobody should make more money than someone else or have nicer things, because it upsets people and they won't like you then. Well, too bad! Uniqueness, individuality, and independence or the very qualities that spur new ideas and new inventions which affect the greater whole for the better without the weight of dictatorship and being told to do something. A child should want to share because it is the innately right thing to do. They should want to do so out of kindness, not out of fear of reproach. For a children's book that appears to at first be about sharing, this book is good at conveying the lesson that people will always look down on others and want what they have for their own. I disagree with this moral and will not read it to my children to teach sharing, but to teach the points above--when they are old enough to understand the difference between sharing and ceding.


I personally love this book, despite the fact that other people are so outraged by it. I find it kind of funny that people seem to be reaching for meanings, maybe as a means to back up their own personal feelings about things. Anyways.... The Rainbow Fish is very vain and thinks he's better than the other fish because he is so beautiful. He learns that being the most beautiful fish is not what is really important. I won't spoil it, but I think it's a great book and teaches valuable lessons.

Leanne Lynch

The Rainbow Fish is an award winning children’s book written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister. A beautiful, sparkling fish is approached by a small blue fish, who admires his scales and asks if he can have one. When the beautiful fish refuses, the small fish is horrified, and tells all the other sea creatures about how horrible the beautiful fish is. The beautiful fish becomes isolated and lonely, and seeks advice from a crab, who directs him to a wise octopus. The octopus indicates that the beautiful fish must share his scales with the other fish in order to gain happiness. The beautiful fish takes the octopus’s advice, gives all of the scales to others, and in return gains friendship and happiness. This book primarily appealed to me due to the striking illustrations. The pictures are vivid and colourful, and feature a glitter effect on the scales of the beautiful fish. I imagine the book would therefore be an interesting read for young children.This particular version of the book is bilingual, with text appearing in both English and French. I feel that this feature offers an excellent opportunity for children, and indeed adults, to discover and explore another language.The language used in the book in general is quite fluent and rich in vocabulary. This would therefore act as an interesting starting point for a piece of creative writing or a reading comprehension.I feel that the most striking thing about this book is the message it delivers on kindness and sharing. It provides a positive message for young children; kindness to others will make have a positive impact on your life. I like the fact that such messages of good morals and values offer strong cross curricular links as they resemble messages within religious writings. As a result, I would recommend this book to a KS1 or early KS2 year group, and I feel it is a book which I will reflect on in my own classroom.

Emma Butler

This is a beautifully illustrated book, each page more eye catching than the next. The vibrant, vivid cover immediately catches your attention, children and adults alike, and makes you want to open it up and begin reading straight away. It tells the story of a rainbow fish who is very proud of his colourful, bright, shiny scales however, he does not want to share his scales with anyone else. I found this story enchanting the illustrations engage the children initially but the sensitive story of friendship and happiness is what will make the children return to this book again and again. There are many opportunities within the story for discussion engaging the children on a more meaningful level with the moral of the story. Although I have found this book fascinating, there are many people that take a different view, one where the fish is forced to break himself down in order to be accepted by others. I can understand where these people are coming from, but I don't think children reading this book would be thinking that deeply. I feel that children will enjoy the story for its beautiful images and happy ending.


I'm all into sharing and stuff, but this little guy was basically told that he had to give away everything that made him special just so other fish wouldn't be jealous and mean. Is this fair? Heck no! Reminds me of one of my favorite lines from The Incredibles, when Dash says something along the lines of, "If everybody's special, then NOBODY is."

Kate Babbitt

This book was one of my absolute favorites when I was younger, and I still think it is a greatly written and illustrated story. It is about a fish who has all of these shiny scales and a bunch of fish friends who do not. They ask if he could share one of his shiny scales and one by one he gives them out. In turn, the Rainbow fish has less scales. It is a great story on not only sharing, but not being selfish with what you have, when it is more than others. In a way it could be taught with the idea that looks and material things don't matter and don't need to separate friends but it could also put the Rainbow fish in a position of a role model where he shares what he has with others who don't and instead of looking at it in the way of him losing what he had, that they can be equal in that aspect. When everyone isn't focusing on the amount of things owned, and just seeing each other for who they are as a person (or a fish) then they can have a more positive experience and friendship.

Elizabeth Sciarra

After reading this book now that I am older I realized that the main message that it is trying to send out is that sharing is a good thing and no one should be selfish.Even though Rainbow Fish did not think that sharing his scales was a good idea because it made him beautiful, in the end when he did it made him a happier fish because other people around him were happy too. I think it shows that even if you might be happy, when you start sharing and making other people happy, you as a person will be happier with yourself.Children in the classroom could start with making their own pretty scales out of arts and craft supplies to introduce this book. After it is read they could maybe write or depending on their age tell the class a time that they shared something with someone else and how it made them feel.I think this is a really good book for little kids who are having a hard time sharing because it will help them realize that it is better to share than to keep everything to yourself.

Megan Sanchez

When I was about six, we had a book fair at school. You remember them - some company would take over your school library for the week and everyday you'd be asked to walk around and look at all the books you couldn't afford. At least, that's how I remember it. But this time, I became completely infatuated with one book in particular and could see no others. It was The Rainbow Fish. Everything about the book was magical to me and I begged and begged for the money to buy it. Finally, after days of staring at it longingly, my grandfather agreed to take me to get it. We went early Friday morning, Papa convincing the secretary that we should be able to go down to the library early. I literally bounced the entire way down the hall, so excited to finally own The Rainbow Fish. We arrived at the library... and the book fair was gone. They had packed up that morning and left. I didn't get Rainbow Fish. Six-year-old!Megan was heartbroken in a way a cannot even describe. This is one of the most intense memories of my childhood. I did own eventually own Rainbow Fish - after checking it out from the library about 6 times. My Papa bought it for me for my birthday. But it has been a while since I actually reread it.My actual review of this book is pretty short: PERFECT. This book is PERFECT unless you're the kind of soul-sucking asshole who thinks that all forms of sharing are socialism. And don't overthink the story with your now grown mind and call it "disturbing". Because kids don't think like that. When I was small, I was absolutely enchanted with Rainbow Fish. To me, it wasn't about politics or the almost gory realization that Rainbow Fish is giving away pieces of his body. I just loved the story. And the sparkles, let's be real."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."

Kat Kennedy

I'm always on the look-out for new, well-written children's books for my son. We had been reading him: Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed! and Why Mommy is a Democrat.He loved the story and drawings! However, he didn't seem to take to them as much as I thought he I decided to find something else as informative, well-balanced and fun to read with my child.Then I came across The Rainbow Fish by Macrus Pfister. The Rainbow Fish is a story about a spectacular fish with amazing scales. Soon, other - boring fish - come and request a scale from the fish who turns them all down. The boring fish leave, causing the Rainbow Fish to be lonely. The Rainbow fish goes on a journey to discover why the other fish don't like him.The Rainbow Fish is soon told by the octopus that it is because he won't share his amazing scales. The Rainbow Fish then goes to the other fish and gives them his scales. Eventually all the fish have a shiny scale and the Rainbow Fish now has only one shiny scale left as well. The fish all play together happily. The end.Fantastic! A book about learning. Isn't that brilliant? I suggest that you go buy this book for your children. It's important that your children realize that it is NEVER okay to be different from other children. After all, we as people are not allowed to be stronger/weaker, smarter/less intellectual, creative/logical, physically, spiritually or emotionally better than others. In fact, we should ALL be the same. And it's also important that you teach your children that, in life, they are entitled. If someone has something more - then it is okay to expect that they give it to you. In fact, you should shun them if they don't. If you work hard and have much - please remember you must share it all. Even if you don't want to. Don't expect to be liked just for your personality. You must give everything you have to ensure that you are liked.Nothing is worse than being unliked. Don't let you children think differently or it could go very badly for them. Your individuality is not precious and there is no degree to which it can't be compromised in order to make people like you. Remember. WHO you are - your morals, intellect, personality and charm aren't nearly as important to you as they are to other people. Never be afraid to give away any part of yourself in order to be liked. Just like:See! Even culture can be bastardized to fit in!Maybe I am being the grinch. Maybe I am bespoiling a perfectly good children's book. Or maybe I'm just wondering what the world would be like if all the Rainbow Fish gave away their pretty scales until there weren't any Rainbow Fish anymore...Just think... we could all look like this! Who wants to share an earring?

Sheena O'connell

The Rainbow FishThis is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a unique fish that is very special as she has gorgeous shiny scales. She takes pride in being the most beautiful fish in the sea and is very protective of her scales. On numerous occasions throughout the story other fish approach her asking for one scale but the rainbow fish always refused to share her unique and beautiful scales. As time went by the rainbow fish felt very alone as no one wanted to play with her as a result of her selfishness. She suddenly realised that if she was kind and shared some of her scales with the other fish that she would be able to make friends with them. She began to be kind and shared her scales with anyone who requested one. The rainbow fish learned that being selfish gets you no-where and that kindness is very important. She made new friends and all the fish shared the rainbow fish beautiful scales. This is an excellent story across the age groups and it great for role-play. A year six class performed this at an assembly and it got across the messages that sharing is caring. Being kind is very important and we all should learn from the rainbow fish and her experience.

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