The Rainbow Fish
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The Rainbow Fish is a children’s picture book drawn and written by author and illustrator Marcus Pfister and translated into English by J. Alison James. The book is best known for its advice regarding selfishness and participating and the unique bright foil incrustations of the Rainbow Fish. Decode Entertainment trained the story into an animated television series of the same name, which aired on the HBO Family television channel in the United States.
Rainbow Fish series of children’s picture books, written in 1992, has been a universal achievement. The books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold over 30 million models.DHX Media turned the picture books into a 26-episode animated television series of the same name, which has aired on the HBO Family television channel in the United States since 2000.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

A Long way out in the deep blue sea, there lived a fish. Not just an ordinary fish, but the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean. His scales were every shade of blue, and green, and purple with sparkling silver scales among them.

The Rainbow Fish

 The other fish were amazed at his beauty. They called him Rainbow Fish.

“Come on, Rainbow Fish.”

They would call.

“Come and play with us.”But the Rainbow Fish would just glide past proud and silent, letting his scales shimmer.

The Rainbow Fish

One day a little blue fish followed after him, “Rainbow Fish.” He called, “Wait for me. Please give me one of your shiny scales. They are so wonderful. And you have so many.”

“You want me to give you one of my special scales. Who do you think you are?” cried the Rainbow Fish. “Get away from me.” Shocked the little blue fish swam away. He was so upset. He told all his friends what had happened. From then on no one would have anything to do with the Rainbow Fish. They turned away when he swam by

. What good were the dazzling shimmering scales with no one to admire them? Now, he was the loneliest fish in the entire ocean. One day he poured out his troubles to the starfish. “I really am beautiful. Why doesn’t anybody like me?” “I can’t answer that for you.” said the starfish. “But if you go beyond the coral reef to a deep cave, you will find the wise octopus. Maybe she can help you.”

 The Rainbow Fish found the cave. It was very dark inside and he couldn’t see anything. And then suddenly, two eyes caught him in their glare and the octopus emerged from the darkness.

 “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 dark cloud of ink. “Give away my scales? My beautiful shining scales? Never. How could I ever be happy without them?

Suddenly he felt the light touch of a fin. The little blue fish was back. “Rainbow Fish. Please don’t be angry. I just want one little scale.” The Rainbow Fish wavered. “Hmm, only one very, very small shimmery scale.” He thought. “Well, maybe I wouldn’t miss just one.”

Carefully the Rainbow Fish pulled out the smallest scale and gave it to the little fish. “Ha, thank you. Thank you very much.” The little blue fish bubbled playfully as he tuck the shiny scale in among his blue ones. A rather peculiar feeling came over the Rainbow Fish. For a long time, he watched the little blue fish swim back and forth with his new scale glittering in the water.

 The little blue fish whizzed through the ocean with his scale flashing, so it didn’t take long before the Rainbow Fish was surrounded by the other fish. Everyone wanted a glittering scale. The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left and right, and the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish.

Finally, the Rainbow Fish had only one shining scale left. His most prized possessions had been given away, yet he was very happy.”Come on Rainbow Fish.”They called.”Come and play with us.””Here I come.” Said the Rainbow Fish and happy as a splash he swam off to join his friends.

“The Rainbow Fish” Book Read Aloud Youtube Video


So what conversation will you have with your child after reading this book?

Some questions you might like to ask are:

How many shades fish’s scale have?

His scales were every shade of blue, and green, and purple, with sparkling silver scales among them.

What asks little blue fish to the rainbow fish?

Please give me one of your shiny scales.

The Rainbow Fish found what?

The Rainbow Fish found the cave

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