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The Rainbow Fish [Hardcover]

By Marcus Pfister (Author) & J. Alison James (Translator)
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Item description for The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister & J. Alison James...

The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship

Publishers Description
The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value. A CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNER WINNER OF THE BOLOGNA BOOK FAIR CRITICI IN ERBA PRIZE AMERICAN BOOKSELL ABBY AWARD WINNER AN IRA-CBC CHILDREN'S CHOICE

Awards and Recognitions
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister & J. Alison James has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Florida Children's Book Award - 1995 Winner - Pre K - 2nd Grade category
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award - 1994 Nominee - Children's category
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award - 1995 Winner - Children's category
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award - 1995 Winner - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister & J. Alison James has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 01/01/1993 page 811
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/1992 page 75
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1992
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/02/1992

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Item Specifications...

Studio: North-South Books
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 27, 1999
Publisher   North-South Books
Age  4-6
Series  Rainbow Fish  
ISBN  1558580093  
ISBN13  9781558580091  

Availability  1544 units.
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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.

Marcus Pfister has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Rainbow Fish
  2. Rainbow Fish & Friends (Paperback)
  3. Rainbow Fish (North-South Books)

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Rainbow Fish?

Why Society is screwed up  Jan 18, 2009
Stories like this teach children to grow up and give into greedy users that never liked you for anymore then what you have.I think it has good intentions to share and give(in an ideal world where people appreciate) but in reality when you give so much of yourself, you end up like THE GIVING TREE(left with nothing).Over the years I was giving all my scales away then was left with nothing but resentful feelings.I grew up and grew all my scales back..
You can find good messages from what seems like a bad one.  Jan 15, 2009
When I first read this book I was a bit annoyed by the so-called friends because of their antics. They are simply ostracizing the rainbow fish for not giving them what they want. Even Beatles knew better to sing `can't buy me love'; this book almost teaches that you CAN buy love. Friends swarming around you because of what you have are no friends at all.

At the same time there IS a lesson to be learned in this book. The rainbow fish's attitude in the beginning is full of pride. He thinks lowly of those who don't have beautiful scales like his. The pride drives others away, and in the end he humbles him self by giving what he has.

When I saw so many 1 star ratings I was a bit surprised. I see the parents concerns about what kind of message this book is sending but I think it's up to the parents to guide their kids to find the right message. I focus on the `humble' aspect, that bragging would turn off friends. Another good message I got from this book was even though the rainbow fish didn't have anything to give the friends stayed.

I think this book is beautiful in its self and my daughters love this book. They pick out this book quite often for me to read to them, and I do.
Calm Down People  Jan 15, 2009
Calm down people. This book isn't anything that deserves this much discussion. It's an average quality children's book; in the story and in the illustrations. The illustrations are nothing more than a marketing gimmick to get the attention of children and parents as they pass by the shelves at the bookstore. You take away the sparkle and the illustrations become forgettable. The story is predictable and cliche', but it does appeal to children. It's a very simple story about sharing. It won't turn your child into a communist or a socialist, and it won't make them lose their individuality. The author isn't attempting to brainwash your children. He's a capitalist that figured out a way to sell books because he noticed that small children like sparkly things.
I'm Conflicted, but My Daughter Loves It  Dec 21, 2008
My daughter has always loved this book, and it's beautiful illustrations are no doubt why. The moral of the story is that if you are greedy and selfish you will also be lonely (not unlike the message Scrooge learned one christmas eve). The author took it a bit too far, in my opinion, when all of the fish see Rainbow fish sharing with the little blue fish, and every fish swims over and demands a shiny scale. The Rainbow Fish gives away every scale but one, and is surrounded by fish that didn't want to play with him before he gave them a scale.

When I read this with my daughter, I always point out that the other fish are being greedy, too, and that it's not nice to play with someone only because they give you something. Rainbow fish should stand up for himself, he can share with his friends, but still keep some of his treasure, too. Talking about it doesn't change the ending, but I hope it gives my daughter something to think about. I have always wondered if something was lost in translation, or if it's my American point of view that changes the meaning of the story for me.
Rainbow Fish - love it or hate it?  Dec 15, 2008
I have used The Rainbow Fish in my junior high math classroom this year. While I realize that some people feel as though Rainbow Fish feels he must share his beautiful scales to be liked, he also experiences how great it feels when you share your "gifts" with others. As I explained to my students - we ALL have gifts - and we have hundreds of "choices" each day in which to use and share our gifts.

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