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The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James

Written by: Marcus Pfister


This book is about a fish who has to be the most beautiful fish in the ocean and knows it. Because he thinks he is so beautiful, it makes him proud and rude at the same time towards his friends in the ocean. When his friends leave him alone because they get tired of his rude attitude, he starts noticing something is wrong. When he gets advice to share his beauty with everyone, the others start treating him better. The rainbow fish then realizes that beauty on the inside is what makes someone truly beautiful, not what is on the outside. 


This book would be good for 2nd-4th graders. It teaches a valuable lesson on accepting others and treating everyone with kindness. As an activity, you could have each of the students color a scale and place them on the rainbow fish. Then the students could gather around in a circle and throw a ball to each other, telling one thing they like/ admire of another student.