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The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
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Jan 16, 15

bookshelves: childrens
Read in July, 2008

My daughter has already asked me to read this several times since checking it out form the library. I like that the vocabulary is not as dumbed down as in most modern children's books.

I can see and somewhat appreciate some people's problem with the book as being a sort of socialist piece of propaganda that uniqueness is unacceptable and everyone must be brought down to the same level.

On the other could instead be a Christian message.

I have no idea whether or not the author is Christian, but the message could be that, as Jesus taught, you have to lose yourself to find yourself, a little more complex than your typical "be nice and share" book. It is similar to the story of the rich man in the Gospels, who asks Jesus what he must do to be saved. Jesus tells him to go and sell everything he owns, and give to the poor, but the rich man goes away sad, because he cannot part with his idol of wealth. For Rainbow Fish, his idol is his shiny fins, which make him haughty. When the Octopus tells him he must give them away, Rainbow Fish, like the rich man, balks and says, "I can't..." But eventually he learns that his worth is not in outward adornments, but in inner virtues: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Plus it's shiny...
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booklady Yes, I remember this! Put it down to check out again from the library! Sweet story and nice review! Thanks!

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Annie Interesting perspective, thanks for sharing.

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