Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

The Rainbow Fish

Pfister, Marcus (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 1999. 28 pages
First published: 1992
ISBN: 9781558580091 (hardcover)
Original language: German
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The Rainbow Fish thinks he’s “the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean.” His scales are “every shade of blue and green and purple” with “sparkling silver” ones among them. But his vanity has got the better of him. He won’t offer even a single shiny scale to the little blue fish that wants to befriend him. With the help of a wise spirit, he discovers that being the most beautiful fish in the sea is not what is really important.

With its simple, straightforward text that makes the theme of sharing accessible to every reader, this story works effectively as a lap-read or a group read-aloud.

Eye-catching illustrations are rendered in blue-green aquatic colours with a glittery, foil-stamped design to identify the hero’s most prized possessions, his “special” shimmery scales.

This deceptively simple story has a valuable message about how you get more when you give more to others and it is an excellent resource for igniting a conversation about sharing and friendship.

  •  Do a picture walk. Make predictions about the story based on the illustrations and your prior knowledge about friendship.
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    As you read, make text-to-self connections. Discuss times when you could relate to Rainbow Fish or the little blue fish. Who can you turn to for advice (like the Octopus)?

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    How would you describe the Rainbow Fish at the beginning of the story? At the end? Organize his character traits and actions using a graphic organizer.

  •  Brainstorm a list of questions you would like to ask the characters in the story. Take turns role playing the different characters and answering the questions.
  •  Work with a partner. Retell the story using a comic strip. Give your comic strip a title that reflects the big idea of the story.
  •  Do a picture walk. Make predictions about the story based on the illustrations and your prior knowledge about friendship.
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    How would you describe the Rainbow Fish at the beginning of the story? At the end? Organize his character traits and actions using a graphic organizer.

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    After the read-aloud, draw a mind map of the story with a partner. Discuss and compare your map with another team’s map. Readjust as necessary.

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    Role play the story with a small group.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture