The Rainbow Fish

full color throughout $ 19.95 US / $ 26.95 CAD Hardcover / 8.5 x 11.5 32 pages / ages 4 to 8 ISBN: 978-1-558-58009-1

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish, originally published in 1992, is an international bestseller and a modern classic.

The rainbow fish with its iridescent scales is the most beautiful fish in the whole ocean. But since he is also vain and proud, he becomes more and more lonely over time. Then he realizes that you can’t win friends through beauty. He overcomes his pride and begins to distribute his glitter scales to the other fish.

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.

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The Rainbow Fish follows a little fish in the ocean, but, as readers learn, this isn’t just an average, everyday fish, it’s “the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean.” Unlike ordinary fish, this one has gorgeous, sparkly scales in various shades of beautiful colors. The fish could keep all of his beauty to himself, but instead, he shares it with his friends and feels immense joy in doing so. This book is full of gorgeous artwork.

The delicate watercolors of underwater scenes are a perfect foil to the glittering scales that eventually form a part of each fish's exterior. This is certainly a story written to convey a message, but in its simplicity, it recalls the best of Lionni. Besides, what three-year-old doesn't need reinforcement about sharing?
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Will fascinate preschoolers.

  • #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • An IRA-CBC Children's Choice
  • Winner of the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize
  • A Christopher Award Winner