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Children's LiteratureMarcus Pfister's best-selling book Rainbow Fish is the inspiration for this "Festival Reader." The story is set in Miss Cuttle's underwater classroom and the new class project is to make seaweed soup. The sea creatures are paired up by the teacher and each team will work together to make the best tasting soup. As is common in a typical classroom, there is a disagreement about the assigned partner. Rosie did not get to work with Rainbow Fish and she is upset. The story emphasizes fair play and good sportsmanship. While young children will enjoy the colorful illustrations and the brief, animated text, all elementary students could learn many valuable character lessons from the book. Teamwork, responsibility and being a good loser would be good topics for discussion. In the end, the offender does confess to the prank and all is forgiven. Forgiveness is also a worthy lesson for young children. "A Note to Parents" on the back inside cover gives helpful tips for encouraging reading at home. 2003, HarperFestival,/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 7.
— Ann Sanger