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The Rainbow Fish Mini-Book [Hardcover]

By Marcus Pfister (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2000
Publisher   North-South Books
ISBN  0735812322  
EAN  9780735812321  

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Item Description...
Outline ReviewIf you read this very popular book just before bed, and the light is still on in the hallway, you can make the rainbow scales glitter on the page, and realize why the Rainbow Fish was so proud of his beautiful decoration. Sometimes, though, being too proud of outside beauty can blind a fish, or a child (or even, heaven forbid, a parent) to the beauty people hold inside. That's the lesson of this simple tale, imported from Switzerland. It's a useful one for future sneaker and designer clothing shoppers, for rainbow fish--and for quieter, plainer minnows, too.

Product Description
A glittering stocking stuffer that will add sparkle to any child's Christmas! Marcus Pfister's international bestseller has been specially packaged for holiday giving in an attractive mini-book edition. The book contains the complete text of the original hardcover edition along with the eye-catching holographic foil stamping that has captivated Rainbow Fish's millions of fans.

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More About Marcus Pfister

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 our customers think?
Good presentation, questionable moral  May 18, 2008
Although the book is quite attractive and catches the attention of younger readers, the subtext is somewhat concerning. The moral of the story could well be interpreted as encouraging children to share their toys with others or to put their talents towards service to the community, and as a parent I would be loathe to put that sort of moral pressure on them before they are old enough to make up their own mind about such matters. Otherwise, I and my wife fear, they might grow up to be the sort of person who donates money to victims of earthquakes or typhoons, or who asks what they can do for their country rather than what their country can do for them.

The otherwise innocent story book also implicitly condones moral coercion by putting social pressure on individuals to comply with the social expectations of others, whereas we believe that the only legitimate incentives for encouraging proper behaviour are economic and legal. For example, we never put any emotional pressure on our children to discourage them from telling lies, or using bad language. Both their mother and I have made it a policy to give them chocolates or money to tell the truth and not to swear, that is, providing them with a carrot rather than a stick to encourage desirable behaviour. We recognising their fundamental right to choose to behave any way that they like as long as it isn't illegal (like jaywalking or stealing). We also both find it quite frustrating when other parents encourage their children to shun ours simply because our children have learnt to be assertive and are able to get their own way most of the time, and this book legitimises that kind of social coercion.

There is also a strong undercurrent of promoting social conformity, which we also find quite disturbing. For example, our neighbours are stuck on enforcing some artificial notions of "decency" on us even when its hot, whereas we just take off our clothes rather than conforming to their behaviour. If we were to encourage our children to conform to social expectations in this way we are fairly sure they would end up feeling obliged to appear "professional" as adults in any employment environment rather than feeling comfortable with the idea of being able to express their individuality by how they dress.

In sum, this book, despite being beautiful looking and being very easy to read, encourages self-sacrifice, unassertiveness and discourages individual self-reliance, teaching children that they should conform to the expectations of others rather than making their own decisions, and to appear like everyone else rather than standing out. In my grandparents Chinese culture they have a saying "The nail that sticks up must be hammered down" - and this is the dangerous social message that this book encourages.
This is a great book!  Apr 10, 2008
This is a book about sharing and not being arrogant and proud. I think it's a great message. It makes sense that the rainbow fish should share something good with his friends rather than keeping it greedily for himself and acting like he's above the other fish. I think the message is opposite of what the negative reviewers are saying - the message is that people will like you because you are a good person who shares, not because of what's on the outside.
The anti-value book  Apr 2, 2008
This book preaches conformity and enforces that different is bad. I will NOT allow my children to read this trash. Each and every person and animal on this planet is different, and for someone to actually waste the paper to publish a book like this absolutely disgusts me. Differences should be accepted or even celebrated. This book teaches the very opposite.
What a waste.
Terrible, Terrible Lessons for Children  Mar 4, 2008
Rainbow Fish in concept doesn't actually start out badly right could have been a nice little "morality play" about vanity and pride and how to be considerate of others while celebrating what makes you glitter, literally or figuratively. But that's not where Marcus Pfister chooses to go with it at all. True, at the beginning the little fish is not a very nice or sympathetic character, and does nothing to mitigate the envy of other fish towards his glittery scales. But the lesson he is taught by the octopus is just wrong in so, so many ways! I don't know what is more of a problem for me. Is it...

1) The idea that having something unique and special about you in and of itself makes you deserving of scorn and hatred (as opposed to how you choose to act because of or in spite of that uniqueness).

2) That you should "buy" yourself friends

3) That the only way to make friends if you are unique or different is to shed what is unique to fit in and stop inviting envy

4) That you should give into whatever peers and friends want from you and demand of you, just to get them to like you

5) That you should be ashamed or apologetic about your natural talents and inner or outer beauty

To those who say that it's just about "sharing" and those of us who don't like the book are reading too much into it, I respond that there are some children who process learning very deeply from books... I know because my 5 year old is one of them. I rely greatly on books (good ones..not like this one) when she is facing a crisis like friend trouble, a developmental block like potty learning, a struggle like a death in the family, a fear like her first haircut. I ask for recommendations and read books until I find one that is supportive, but subtle so that she can draw from it what she needs. I shutter to think what messages about peer pressure and self-deprication she would draw from this. She is VERY much perceptive enough, as has been for many years, to draw these negative messages from this book, and I would never want that to color her relationships with other kids or adults.

There are incredibly good books out there about sharing.. one of my favorites is "How Kind" by Mary Murphy.

Please, please don't read Rainbow Fish to your kids or anyone else's.
This is a wonderful story!  Feb 26, 2008
PLEASE do not listen to the negative reviews about this book. I am so glad I didn't! This is a great story for children about the importance of sharing and being kind to others. For the life of me, I cannot understand how people can write about communism and politics in reference to this book. It is utterly ridiculous. My daughter is 4 and she loves this book. She talks about how it makes the rainbow fish feel nice to be able to share with his friends. What more could I ask for out of a book? I almost didn't buy this book b/c of the reviews, and it was my daughter who asked me to get it. She had read it in her preschool class. I am glad I listened to my 4 year old over many of the adults who wrote a review. Clearly, she is able to see this book for what it is: a simple story about sharing and kindness. Enjoy!

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