Item description for The Rainbow Fish Bath Book by Marcus Pfister...
Overview A bath book edition of the popular picture book about sharing features the same foilstamped scales that fascinated young children in the original.
Publishers Description Make a splash with this appealing bath book edition--which features the same foil-stamped scales that fascinated young children in the original picture book. Sure to be a favorite tub toy, this soft but sturdy little book with its message about sharing is perfect for the very youngest child--at bath time, bed time, beach time, anytime
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Studio: North-South Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.9" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher North-South Books
Series Rainbow Fish
ISBN 0735812993 ISBN13 9780735812994
Availability 0 units.
More About 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
Reviews - What do customers think about The Rainbow Fish Bath Book?
Great book about SHARING for bath time, teething Dec 19, 2007
Seriously, some reviewers need to take a breather. The book is about sharing -- about seeing past what is "mine" and finding the joy that comes in sharing what you have with others. It's about a vain fish who finds friendship when he gets over himself. In any case, it's a favorite book in our household. My daughter, now 6 months, reaches for it and, when not chewing on its soft pages (bonus!), is content to "read" it aloud to us.
My daughter loves it Sep 18, 2007
My daughter is too young to read, but loves looking at the pictures and chewing on the pages during bath time. It is her favorite toy! The book has a cute message, and shiny, colorful pages.
Sweet tale about sharing and giving of yourself May 31, 2007
Although this is condensed from the full-length book, my husband and I think it is a sweet story. We are Christians, and we believe that true friendship requires giving something of ourselves, from the heart. Perhaps those who bash this book aren't comfortable with fable or metaphor. The book is definitely a more sophisticated message than Elmo or Baby Einstein. The idea that the author is encouraging children to give their body parts to other children to make friends is absurd, and it's up to parents to teach their children that it's wrong for a person to give away "body parts" (and by that, maybe previous reviewers meant "sex" -- I don't know). I gave it four stars instead of five because the illustrations, while beautiful, don't have enough contrast to capture a very young baby's attention. For now, our seven-month old loves mouthing this book, and we plan to check out the hardback edition when she's old enough to understand the words. I just love that no one can stop us from reading it to her! Yee haw and hooray for our constitutional freedoms!
the worst possible message for a child Apr 17, 2007
The gist of the book is that Rainbow fish is a beautiful and unique fish. The only way he is able to be happy is by giving away the thing that makes him a beautiful and unique individual. To make himself like all the other fish. Otherwise, no other fish will want to be friends with him. I'm guessing/hoping that Pfister's intention in writing this horrible piece of self esteem destroying garbage was to encourage sharing. It doesn't. The message of the book is that the only way to have friends and be happy is to destroy all that is unique and original about yourself. To destroy the individual. I suppose someone could write a children's book about how fun it is to rape and murder other children. Assuming that book isn't out there, Rainbow Fish is probably the worst children's book ever written. Terrible.
the illustrations ARE lovely. Just not so lovely to override the terrible "moral" of the story.
A Socialist Fairy Tale Dec 17, 2006
A young "rainbow" fish who is adorned with beautiful scales is approached by a little blue fish who wants one of his scales. The rainbow fish goes to an octopus who tells him to give his scales away to make friends. The little blue fish returns, rainbow fish complies with his wishes, and friends are made with a simple exchange of scales for friendship.
I believe that the rainbow fish represents a young Lenin whereas the wise old octopus represents Marx (tentacles = beard)