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You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  92 reviews
A brand new title in the bestselling Rainbow Fish series!

 Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn’t always easy—not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by NorthSouth Books (first published February 10th 2017)
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At a time when many children play video games and watch too much television, it is always refreshing to be reminded of childhood games and good sportsmanship. Marcus Pfister does just that in his latest book "You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish".

Rainbow Fish, Jagged Fins, Little Blue and new friend Red Fin play hide and seek with Rainbow Fish as the first seeker. He knows just where to look but can't find anyone's hiding place. He is stunned! Little Blue, the next seeker, finds Rainbow Fish qui
This is a brilliant addition to the Rainbow Fish stories with a serious message delivered in a way that young listeners and readers will find easy to relate to. It is targeted at children aged 4 - 8 years old. In this story Rainbow Fish doesn’t like losing when playing a game with his friends and his attitude spoils the enjoyment for everyone. He complains that the game isn’t fair and refuses to play any more. One of his friends follows him and they discuss how nice it is for someone else to win ...more
Nicolinia Spurgeon
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a digital version of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Rainbow fish series was always one of my favorite book series when I was growing up, and I enjoy reading them now to my three year old little boy, and this latest installment is no different. This message is a very important one for young children to learn early on and is told in an easy to understand way. We also really enjoy the artwork in this book it is done so very well. I wold recommen
The first The Rainbow Fish book came out well after I'd become an adult. Still, I was repeatedly drawn to the gorgeous cover, the blues, greens, purples, and sparkles! I picked up a copy, simply because I loved the art, but found the story charming.

I had no idea there were other Rainbow Fish books, until I saw this one. As a kid I'd give books with obvious messages the side-eye. They were not what I was interested in reading for my entertainment. I certainly read books with good messages and les
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is cute book, with even cuter illustrations. It was written well for a child to comprehend and enjoy with a fun game of hide-and-seek added to the mix. It was a little bit longer, but it kept my daughter entertained especially with all the bright colors added.

It is a great book to help learn about not taking games too seriously and enjoying it more than the win. My daughter loved that it was all about hide-and-seek since she plays it often with her brothers and knows how much more fun it i
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Though it has a good moral story, it’s a little boring. The paragraphs look big for a beginning reader. The illustrations are lovely.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
A new Rainbow Fish! I loved this little guy when I was little. I don't really remember how the original story goes though... This one has all the same vibrant colors and holographics? Of the first one, and there's a new fish in the group, and that's fun. It's a cute story and it teaches a lesson, very cut and dry.

I didn't love it but it's certainly nice. Should reread the original one for comparison and perhaps a better review🙈
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Callie's Kid Review: 5 stars. I would recommend it to my friends. The reading level was hard. I thought the pictures were really pretty. I really like the fish because of the red scale because it's supposed to be shiny in the real book. I thought the story was great because you shouldn't be a poor sport when you have always been good at a game and someone beats you. I liked the part where he apologized to Little Blue for being a poor sport.

Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The latest addition to the bestselling Rainbow Fish series, You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish teaches a good lesson with the right balance of fun, bright artwork and seriousness.

Rainbow Fish is playing a game of hide and seek with some friends, some of which are different than he is (one is bright red, one quite a bit smaller), and while they're playing he learns that, sometimes, you can't win every game. Some days are better than others and, while you might be the best hide and seeker there
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book.

This is a cute children story. I love the drawings and the new fishes. I like the moral of the story, you CANT win them all but being a good sport at losing is already winning.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rainbow Fish books were always favourites in our school library with our primary students. The beautiful illustrations, child friendly language and simple story hit a chord with the students and this one does the same.

Rainbow Fish, Jagged Fins, Little Blue and a new friend Red Fin play hide and seek. Rainbow fish is it and he can not find any of his friends. He is not sure what happened, he knows all the hiding places. When Little Blue is it, he finds Rainbow Fish right away. Rainbow Fish is up
Emi Bevacqua
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a favorite in our house, as Americans living in Berlin it was the first book my daughter read in German class at school. I'm so glad it's being translated into English and marketed to Americans now, as it teaches worthy lessons such as how to be open to accepting constructive criticism, the importance of good sportsmanship, and how to give a sincere apology. The first time I read it, I was expecting Rainbow Fish to find some crazy rainbow-colored hiding place to facilitate a typical ...more
Ellen Klock
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rainbow Fish is playing hide and seek with his friends anticipating that he will be the winner. Unfortunately, when he is "it" he can't find any of the other fish. They don't appear to be in their usual hiding places. Then it's Little Blue's turn and Rainbow Fish spots the perfect location that no one would suspect, except, surprise, Little Blue discovers him right away. Rainbow Fish immediately accuses Little Blue of cheating and angrily swims off, refusing to play with the others. The tiny fel ...more
Sea Reads
The Rainbow Fish, originally published in 1992, was considered a classic children's book when I was in elementary school. I adored it. The lush, flowing, blue-tinged illustrations and shiny scales captured my attention, and I thought the message about sharing and kindness was great. Now, as an adult, I see that there is some controversy over it in the form of reviews containing the phrase "socialist propaganda." Hmm. I'd have to re-read it myself to say whether the book addresses the theme of sh ...more
Stephanie (ITakePicturesOfBooks)
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Rainbow Fish in playing hide and seek with his friends. He couldn't find anyone and gets frustrated. When it's his turn to hide he is found right away. He gets mad and doesn't want to play anymore. His friend Red Fish tells him that it's only a game and he can't
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Rainbow Fish is confident in his abilities to win every game of Hide-and-Seek, but when he loses to a fish younger than himself, Rainbow Fish is upset and storms away, refusing to play with his friends anymore. It takes the gentle wisdom of Red Fish to convince Rainbow Fish to apologize for his poor sportsmanship and resume playing the game.

I loved the colorful illustrations, and the sparkly images of an underwater game of Hide-and-Seek! Rainbow Fish is a sweet character and all his little fishy
Debbie Smith
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
Rainbow Fish and his friends decide to play hide-and-seek. When Rainbow Fish is asked by his new friend, Red Fin, to be “it” he readily agrees, since he’s fairly sure of all the hiding places. But, for some reason, he can’t find any of the fish. One by one they swim out of their hiding places. This time Rainbow Fish decides that Little Blue can be “it” since he’s young and doesn’t have much experience playing hide-and-seek. Oh, no, Rainbow Fish is discovered almost immediately. That’s it. Rainbo ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a reason Rainbow Fish is so beloved, and this continuation of the story is a perfect example of why. In "You Can't Win Them All," Rainbow Fish learns an important lesson about sportsmanship and skill. While playing hide and seek with friends, Rainbow Fish is dismayed that he can't immediately find his friends, and even more disappointed when he is quickly found in his own hiding space. However, with the help of his friends, he begins to understand what it means to sometimes win, sometime ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This is a great book about learning how to lose. Losing and being a good sport about it, is one of the hardest things a child can learn but it is a crucial developmental skill.

The illustrations were beautiful and my 4 year old loved the rainbow. I liked how it was a simple game they were playing when the rainbow fish lost so that the target audience would be very familiar with and be able to apply what they learned easily to t
Kate Puleo Unger
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This picture book deals with a very tough issue for kids: losing gracefully. Rainbow Fish and his friends are playing Hide-and-Seek, but Rainbow Fish cannot find anyone. And then he doesn't hide himself very well. He gets frustrated and quits the game, spoiling everyone's fun. Hi best friend, Red Fin, helps him see the error of his ways, and gets the game back on track.

I could really relate to this book. Losing is hard for my son, and none of us really handle it very well when he gets upset whil
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
So, everybody loves Rainbow Fish, right? What's NOT to love about the original? You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish is a new(ish) (2017) book in the Rainbow Fish series and aims to teach another moral lesson -- in this case, how not to be a sore loser, basically. Most kids are familiar with Rainbow Fish (I think each of my kids has come home from school with Rainbow Fish artwork at least once), so it's a great way to keep them engaged and learning through a familiar character, but to me this on ...more
Carolyn Injoy
You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a children's book for ages four to eight years. It's about sportsmanship and being able to lose a game, without throwing a fit or quitting. It's about being able to shine in spite of adversity. I gave it four stars.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from North South Books Inc. and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
It is in pre-order status until June 6, 2
Michelle Castaneda
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first grade class and I read You Can’t Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. We re-read the original Rainbow Fish book and compared the two. In this new book, Rainbow Fish wanted to win every game but he did not so he got mad and had to learn a lesson. We thought this book exciting, funny, and inspiring. This book was our favorite of the two books we read. We highly recommend this book to children of all ages. It teaches an important lesson about getting along and being a good sport. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, netgalley
I received a copy of this through NetGalley and read it with my daughter. She has loved reading the Rainbow Fish books and this one was no different. Rainbow Fish plays a game of hide and seek and Rainbow Fish does not do well during the game. The book works through different emotions with Rainbow Fish and friends. It was an easy read but my daughter enjoyed it, talked about the message of not always having to win or be perfect at everything, and was captivated by the pictures throughout the boo ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish is a great book! I read it to my Year 2 class and every single one of them was engaged from the beginning to the end. The storyline is very revelant to all children. It brought up lovely discussions about what to do in the playground as we often have this situation arising!

It's well written and with beautiful illustrations. Definitely a book which will be purchased for the school's library!

Thanks to Netgalley and North South Books for the pleasure of readin
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You Can Win Them All, has a wonderful message about learning that you will not always win. Rainbow and his friends showed that having a bad attitude about loss will only soil the moment and possibly ruin a moment of joy or positive self esteem for another friend. The dialogue in the book was written in a wonderful way to which children could understand the thinking process of how to deescalate a "sore loser" situation that could simply be avoided.
This book will make for a wonderful read aloud w
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, net-galley
I liked the illustrations in this book, as it added an element of 'hide and seek' - the child can spot the fish hiding amongst the reef, which helps to keep their attention. I did feel that many of the paragraphs were too long, as often kids can be eager to turn the page to see the next picture. Also, there were some lengthier sentences and adjectives which may have been too much. On the whole though, the message is good, i.e. not to be a sore loser, and that it's okay to lose sometimes - a grea ...more
Jacque Stengel
Another great installment in the stories of Rainbow Fish. Not only do we learn a valuable lesson, we learn it as a child would through a simple game of hide and seek. Trying to find the fish in the pages is fun in itself but the story brings home the point that sometimes you aren't the best but having fun is always a good thing with friends. The illustrations are great as they always are in a Rainbow Fish book! Highly recommend for all ages!

I was given a copy of the book for an honest review by
Kristen Jett
Adorable book showcasing the need for being a good team player, and being a good sport no matter how the event goes. I loved that the message wasn't overtly obvious, because those always felt condescending to me as a child. While the message is obviously the point of the book, it isn't in your face - especially as it's presented in the premise of children playing hide and seek. Everything is SO relatable that you have to love it.

As expected, the artwork is absolutely gorgeous. My son loved it.
Alicia (aka Rozzie) Chamberlain
This is another great Rainbow Fish book. I read this to my three-year-old daughter and she loved it. It had a great moral that will help me get her to play with her baby brother much better. The moral is one of those, "can't get everything you want, it won't' always go your way, can't win them all" types.

I am personally a fan of the Rainbow Fish books. They are written really good. They are good talking points. I also like the Duck & Goose books too. I think these are two series that I personall
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Marcus Pfister was born in Berne, Switzerland, and began his career as a graphic artist in an advertising agency. In 1983, he decided to dedicate more time to artistic pursuits, and began to write and illustrate his first book, The Sleepy Owl, which was published in 1986. His best-known work to date is The Rainbow Fish, which has remained on bestseller lists across the United States since 1992.


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