When I first saw the cover of the book, The Rainbow Fish, I was intrigued. The pretty blue fish on the front sported some dazzling silver metallic scales, among his other colorful scales. What a clever idea, I thought. How very eye catching!
The copy I have of The Rainbow Fish is a large hardcover, about 9 x 12 inches in size. It is a very showy book. I am pretty sure once your child has read this book, they are not likely to forget it. It is beautiful.
The Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. I guess you could say he has let this go to his head. When a tiny fish asks Rainbow Fish if he could have just one of Rainbow Fish's many shimmering scales, Rainbow Fish flatly refuses. His stinginess becomes well known and he soon finds himself very lonely without any friends.
Upon the advice of an octopus, Rainbow Fish begins to give his sparkling scales away one by one. The good feelings Rainbow Fish feels when giving away his special shiny scales teaches a child about the wonderful feeling of sharing and belonging. There is a great lesson here.
This wonderful book was written by Marcus Pfister of Switzerland around 1993. I am so happy to have discovered this book. Though my daughter is now a teenager, The Rainbow Fish will always hold a special place her in childhood collection of picture books.