Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!

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Fans of Rainbow Fish won't want to miss this mini book edition and audio tape of his second exciting adventure in which Rainbow Fish must risk losing his new friends--and maybe even his life--to save a lonely stranger.Children will be enchanted by the glittering holographic foil-stamped illustrations as they listen to the spirited reading by Blair Brown, the multi-talented star of stage, screen, and television. ADDITION: audio cassette, mini-book

Although his friends...

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Overview

Fans of Rainbow Fish won't want to miss this mini book edition and audio tape of his second exciting adventure in which Rainbow Fish must risk losing his new friends--and maybe even his life--to save a lonely stranger.Children will be enchanted by the glittering holographic foil-stamped illustrations as they listen to the spirited reading by Blair Brown, the multi-talented star of stage, screen, and television. ADDITION: audio cassette, mini-book

Although his friends want to ignore the new striped fish in their midst, Rainbow Fish must decide whether to help him when a shark attacks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mini-book edition of Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! by Pfister (the second adventure in the series) includes the complete text and the same glittering illustrations, as Rainbow Fish and his friends help the little striped fish avert a shark. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Rainbow fish meets a striped fish who doesn't have a shiny scale. He asks to join their game but is rebuffed. Rainbow Fish remembers how sad he felt when he had no friends. Then when a shark threatens the striped fish, Rainbow Fish and his friends know what they must do. Another story about the little fish with the shiny scales, presented in board book form, with a lesson that will not be lost on kids.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3When a little striped fish approaches the established school of fish, each of whom has one silver scale, and asks if he can play, he is turned away because he is not equipped to play ``flash tag.'' Although Rainbow Fish remembers how it felt to be excluded, he does not come to the rescue until later when the school escapes a snapping shark's jaws, leaving the striped fish to fend for himself. Then Rainbow Fish spearheads the school's diversionary maneuvers and leads the smaller fish to safety. The next game is changed so that the new member of the group can join in. Pfister uses the same ocean-hued watercolors and foil-stamped scales that he used to illustrate Rainbow Fish (North-South, 1992). The faces of the fish reflect the emotions of the text, from derision to fear. The shark is appropriately fearsome. Although it is not mandatory to have read the earlier title first, it would be helpful in order to understand his recollection of his loneliness before he shared his scales and became one of the group. The gently implied themes of sharing and friendship in the first story are expanded here to include courage. Groups may be inspired to talk about befriending others, even if they are different, or about doing what is right, even if it is not popular.Betty Teague, Blythe Elementary School, Greenville SC
Carolyn Phelan
A sequel to the enormously popular "Rainbow Fish" (1992), in which our hero makes friends by sharing his sparkling scales with his plainer cousins, this picture book continues the theme of belonging. When Rainbow Fish and his friends exclude a little striped fish from their game of flash tag simply because he doesn't have a flashing scale, Rainbow Fish wants to help. Unfortunately, he's afraid that he'll lose his friends if he goes against the flow. It takes a threatening shark for Rainbow Fish to rally his friends to the rescue and for the fish to accept the newcomer. Parents and teachers will find the book a good vehicle for discussing courage in the face of peer pressure. Children will find the iridescent silver highlights in the watercolor artwork beguiling and the emotions played out underwater familiar from the playground.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558584860
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Rainbow Fish Series
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 266,009
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.68 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Much More Valuable If Read After The Rainbow Fish

    This book is a superb sequel to the wonderful children's book, The Rainbow Fish. Although Rainbow Fish to the Rescue can be read as a stand-alone, the lesson from the book's moral is clearer if The Rainbow Fish is read first. The Rainbow Fish establishes the pleasures and benefits of sharing and belonging. It can leave a child feeling that there are no other issues. Rainbow Fish to the Rescue expands that vision to the idea of inclusiveness, rather than forming and maintaining cliques. You will also enjoy seeing the spectacular foil highlights on the pages, as you did with The Rainbow Fish. 'Ever since Rainbow Fish had shared his scales [with the other fish], these fish had done everything together.' 'They played . . . ate . . . [and] even rested together.' 'They were so happy together, they had no interest in other fish.' Their favorite game involved tag using the shiny scales that Rainbow Fish had shared as the 'it' spot. When a little striped fish comes up and wants to play, some of the fish reject him because he doesn't have a scale like they do. In essence, they have become as vain and self-satisfied as the Rainbow Fish was at the beginning of the first book. Although Rainbow Fish feels a twinge of sympathy for the little striped fish, he ultimately ignores the newcomer. Suddenly, danger stalks the reef. The shiny scaled fish head for cover, leaving the little striped fish to his fate. The book's resolution is full of good examples of how the many can change to accommodate the few without any serious harm or loss of fun to themselves. You can use this story to talk about the special issues of unpopular children and those who are new to the school. A helping hand in either direction is a great thing for a more popular child to provide. Many children would be willing to do that, but just either don't think of it or are not quite sure how to do it in terms of the group of friends the child has. With your helpful comments, those hurdles can quickly be overcome. I suggest that after enjoying this book, you ask your child if anyone in her or his grade is ever left out like the little striped fish is here. Then, you could ask him or her what it probably feels like to be that child at those moments. From there, you can shift into how a helping hand of friendship can be usefully extended in an acceptable way. May all be appreciated! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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