The Rainbow Fish


The Rainbow Fish learns that being the most beautiful fish in the sea can be lonely. Ultimately he learns that there is more to be gained by sharing his special qualities than by keeping them all to himself.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wonderful illustrations. Rainbow Fish is on the page opposite the narrative, so you can jiggle the page and make him shimmer while you read.

Content Awareness Factors:

The pages are not likely to take a lot of toddler handling. Reading this one requires supervision (if you want the book to stay in tact). Recommend the board version if you buy.

Little Kid Reaction

At first, s/he loved to hold the pages and make the Rainbow Fish glimmer. After a few readings, s/he would announce "the end" by page 3 and close the book. Now at 28 months, it's a regular playtime favorite

Parent Reaction

There are subtleties beyond a young toddler's comprehension. That said, the basic premise (it's important to share) is easily understood. I thought the wordiness would deter interest. I was wrong.

Type of Book:
The story emphasizes not only the importance of sharing, but the joy that comes from giving.
Educational Themes:

Even the youngest reader can understand the value of sharing. Older toddlers will appreciate how hard--but important--it is to share, even your prized possessions.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Started reading with child 22 months old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow it, and plan to borrow it again at different stages.

Title The Rainbow Fish
Author Mark Pfister
Publisher North-South Books, Inc. © 1999
Illustrators J. Alison James
ISBN 1558580093
Material Hard Cover
Genres Animal Character, Life Lessons
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