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The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
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Oct 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

This is the story of a fish called a Rainbow Fish who had sparkly scales.

The Rainbow Fish swam around the ocean by himself until he was followed by a Blue Fish who asked the Rainbow Fish if he could have one of his shiny scales but the Rainbow Fish ignores him! The Rainbow Fish then wondered why he had no friends and was told by the Starfish to go to the Octopus and find out why that might be.

The Octopus encouraged the rainbow fish to share his sparkly scales even if it meant he would be left with none. The Rainbow Fish took this advise and shared his scales until he had only one left. The Rainbow Fish then finds he has friends.

I loved the illustrations in this book with the sparkly scales on the Rainbow Fish. It definitely drew in my attention. There is a message within the story that if you are greedy you will soon find that nobody wants to be your friend. As soon as the fish gave each of his shiny scales to another fish, he found friendship. There may also however be a misconception that you can buy friendship, this is something to be aware of. Although the book is a picture book, there are a few words which younger readers may not be aware of. There is a message behind the story which may be lost on younger readers so I would recommend this book for Year 4 students.
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