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Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! [Hardcover]

By Marcus Pfister (Author) & J. Alison James (Translator)
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Although his friends want to ignore the new striped fish in their midst, Rainbow Fish must decide whether to help him when a shark attacks

Publishers Description
Rainbow Fish must choose between his newfound friends and a lonely little fish when a dangerous, hungry shark threatens the reef.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! by Marcus Pfister & J. Alison James has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/17/1995 page 229
  • Booklist - 09/15/1995 page 176
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1995 page 41
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 07/15/1995 page 1029
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/1995

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Item Specifications...

Studio: North-South Books
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.68" Width: 8.58" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 26, 1999
Publisher   North-South Books
Age  4-6
Series  Rainbow Fish  
ISBN  1558584862  
ISBN13  9781558584860  

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More About Marcus Pfister & J. Alison James

Marcus Pfister Marcus Pfister was born the 30th of July 1960 in Bern, Switzer-land. He attended the Art School of Bern and then completed an apprenticeship as a Graphic Designer. From 1981-1983 he worked as a Graphic Designer at the publicity agency Alexandre Ott in Zurich. He then took off six months and traveled across the United States, Canada and Mexico. When he re-turned to Switzerland he started working as an independent Graphic Artist. Between 1984 and 1985 he made the sketches for his first picture book “The Sleepy Owl". It was published in 1986 by North-South Books, this was the beginning of a long collaboration. Until 1992, Marcus worked simultaneously as a Graphic Designer and as an author/illustrator of children's books. In 1992 he burst onto the international scene with his book "The Rainbow Fish", which convinced him to focus solely on writing and illustrating his own books.

Up to now 49 books of Marcus Pfister have been published. They have been translated into more than 50 languages. The total number of published copies has exceeded 30 millions. As an illustrator, Marcus has never bound himself to a definite style of art and surprises his audience again and again with new techniques and images. One can see this in "The Magic Book" with an elaborate folder-technique, the split pages in "Milo and the Magical Stones" which tells a story with two different endings, and in "The Rainbow Fish" series with the use of holographic foil. There is always a surprise for his readers with new and exciting effects. He is now concentrating on developing new characters and artistic concepts for his picture books. Marcus Pfister has four children and lives with his family in Bern, Switzerland. His book signing tours have taken him to Korea, Japan, the United States and many European Countries. His hobbies are photographing wildlife in the Rainforest and playing

Marcus Pfister currently resides in Berne.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Fish > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Marine Life > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Values > Fiction

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Trite and rather disappointing  Aug 13, 2005
When I first read "Rainbow Fish to the Rescue," I had to check to make sure this book had, indeed, been written by the author of the original Rainbow Fish book. "Rescue" has the feeling of a quickly-cranked-out sequel, one that the author of the original would never have approved had he been given the choice.

I really don't know what came over Marcus Pfister. "Rescue" picks up where "The Rainbow Fish" left off. Each fish now has its own shiny scale, and they all play together happily. However, a new fish without a shiny scale comes along, and rather than welcome him to the group, all the fish ignore the newcomer. The Rainbow Fish goes along with the crowd even though he feels bad for the new guy. With little or no development to the story, the Rainbow Fish experiences a change of heart, the new fish is welcomed to the group (after being rescued from a prowling shark) and everyone is happy again. The moral of the story, which practically thumps the reader over the head, is to treat others nicely.

The original "Rainbow Fish" book did a much better job of presenting the exact same moral. This book feels forced and rushed, as if Marcus Pfister was working under a tight deadline and needed to get his manuscript off to the printer yesterday. I bought my copy of "Rescue" at a dollar store, and it was worth the buck but certainly not much more. Stick to the original "Rainbow Fish."
Rainbow Fish tot the Rescue ~ Marcus Pfister  Mar 17, 2003
This is a great book no teaching children how to except others. When all the fish with a sparklie fins are playing a game. They do not let a little fish without a sparklie fin play. Rainbow Fis wants to invite him to play yet doesn't know what his friends will think of him. He is afraid to stand up to his knew friends. Instead of standing up for what he believes. He follows his friends and does whatever they do. Later on in this book Rainbow Fish saves the day.

My favorite character is Rainbow Fish. He realizes how the little fish feels, yet in the end he learns how to make the little fish happy. This is a great book on teaching kids to except everyone. Everyone is different in their own ways. WE just have to learn to except that we are all not the same. I liek this book, it is one of my favorite childrens books. These books have great characters, and can relate to life very well.

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue ~ Marcus Pfister  Mar 17, 2003
This is a good childrens book on teaching kids how to behave. Children do not know how to behave properly. But when you tell them through books, and use characters like Rainbow Fish, then it is easier for them to understand. It is a great book for kidst o read to understand how to expect peoples differences. Everyone is different in their own ways, it is just harder for some people to realize it. Everyone has their own special qualities, people just need to learn that we are all different.

I like this book because things like this hapen in everyday life. Rainbow Fish is a good example of how people follow others, and do not think for themselves. When one other the other fish is not excepted becasue he is a little different, Rainbow Fish doesn't know how to react. But, he learns to stand up for himself and learns how to treat others. I think everyone should learn to try to except everyone. We are all same, yet we are all different.

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue  Oct 31, 2002
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue, Marcus Pfister's second addition to Rainbow Fish, is a short and sweet story about Rainbow Fish, and his now sparkling scaled friends feel they're too good for fish without sparkling scales.
In the last story Rainbow Fish felt he was too good for the fish without the shiny scales. He showed them off to the point where the other fish ignored him and thought he was snooty. He gets advice and decided to share his scales with the other fish. In this 2nd addition the schools of fish with the shiny scales are playing and a small yellow fish asks to play. Since his scales are dull, they say no. All of the sudden a shark comes looking for food and the small yellow fish is out in the open all alone. Rainbow Fish knows what he must do!
It's a good lesson for younger children to learn from. About sharing, accepting, and so on. I would definitely recommend it to parents looking for good children stories.
Pfister Offers Engaging Texts and Fine Artwork  Oct 28, 2001
I appreciate Pfister's ability to write stories that challenge my 2 1/2 year old's comprehension of story structure and vocabulary while sticking to themes and plots that she can understand and enjoy.
This book might appeal to readers who want the Rainbow Fish's luscious illustrations and foil highlights, but disagree with the supposedly "conformist" or "socialist" thrust of the original. This book offers a message of inclusion with which most parents would agree. I like Rainbow Fish here and in the other titles.
(Of course, it's a little unrealistic that a shark would be scared away by a few little fish darting around its snout, but hey, this isn't natural history, it's a fable!)
It's a big hit with my child- I didn't give it 5 stars because as an adult, it seems a little bit cliche. But I'm sure she would give it a top rating!

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