Timeless Thursday: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
April 22, 2010 in Books with Health Content, Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Personal Connections, Pfister Marcus, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Timeless Thursdays Tags: Marcus Pfister, Rainbow Fish Counting, Rainbow Fish Finds His Way, The Rainbow Fish, Timeless Thursday
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is the Timeless Thursday choice this week. In looking over some information for this book, I discovered that it was originally published in Switzerland! It was published in the United States by North-South Books just under 20 years ago. Can you believe it? The Rainbow Fish is almost 20 years old. When I saw a copy of the board book this past week, I couldn’t believe that it was so old–that’s what made me think it would be a good Timeless Thursday pick since children are still enjoying it today.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s a about a little fish who is just absolutely beautiful on the outside with sparkly scales. But he’s not such a nice little fish and is actually pretty greedy. Another fish comes up to the rainbow fish and asks him to share one of his sparkly scales, but the rainbow fish is like, “NO WAY. I’M NOT SHARING.” (If you are around any preschoolers, this might sound familiar to you.) Rainbow fish soon finds out that in order to have friends, he has to share; and so he gives away his sparkly scales–keeping one for himself. Since he shared, he now has friends. Oh, and the sea is much more sparkly!
Besides the first book by Marcus Pfister, there are some rainbow fish sequels such as Rainbow Fish Finds His Way or Rainbow Fish Counting and much more. The reason why the rainbow fish is still around, and he has all these sequels is because the concepts in the stories are things that young children are dealing with on a daily basis. They can learn about their world and how to deal with problems through the rainbow fish’s world. When you finish reading this cute book with great illustrations, then talk with children about sharing and friendship, using the fish as an example.
Do your kids or students love The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister?