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 Rainbow Fish
 Author: Pfister, Marcus


 Publisher:  North-South Books
 Pub Year: 1992

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 29 cm.

 BTSB No: 713685 ISBN: 9781558580091
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Personal appearance -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Fishes -- Fiction

Price: $21.39

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

Series:
Rainbow Fish


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 14998
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 22808

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 3 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 3.RF Fluency

Reviews:
   School Library Journal
   Booklist

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/1992 PreS-Gr 1-- Children will be immediately drawn to this book that features an iridescent, metallic-looking main character whose ``scales were every shade of blue and green and purple, with sparkling silver scales among them.'' Adult suspicions of the gimmick overwhelming the story quickly fade as the plot unfolds: none of the other fish will have anything to do with the Rainbow Fish, who always swims by superciliously and refuses to give away any of his special garb. He is lonely and without admirers until a wise female octopus advises him to give away his scales. Rainbow Fish then discovers that sharing brings happiness and acceptance. 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? --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT - Copyright 1992 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/1993 Proud of his shimmering silver scales, Rainbow Fish disdains the plainer fish who asks him to share his treasures. When word of his refusal gets around, Rainbow Fish finds that the other fish swim away at his approach. A wise old octopus advises him to share his scales. When he does, Rainbow Fish finds that the more he gives to others, the happier he feels. The plot is rather predictable, but the artwork certainly catches the eye. Incorporated into the fluid, watercolor paintings, iridescent foil catches every light and radiates colored sparkles that would be the envy of any fish and will fascinate preschoolers. A gimmick? Well, yes, but in context it works. A popular choice for picture book displays. (Reviewed Jan. 1, 1993) - Copyright 1993 Booklist.

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