The Rainbow Fish Is An International Bestseller And A Modern Classic Eye Catching Foilstamping, Glittering On Every Page, Offers Instant Child Appeal, But It Is The Universal Message At The Heart Of This Simple Story About A Beautiful Fish, Who Learns To Make Friends By Sharing His Most Prized Possessions, That Gives The Book Its Lasting Value I m always on the look out for new, well written children s books for my son We had been reading him Help Mom There Are Liberals Under My Bed and Why Mommy is a Democrat.He loved the story and drawings However, he didn t seem to take to them as much as I thought he wouldso I decided to find something else as informative, well balanced and fun to read with my child.Then I came across The Rainbow Fish by Macrus Pfister The Rainbow Fish is a story about a spectacular fish with amazing scales Soon, other boring fish come and request a scale from the fish who turns them all down The boring fish leave, causing the Rainbow Fish to be lonely The Rainbow fish goes on a journey to discover why the other fish don t like him.The Rainbow Fish is soon told by the octopus that it is because he won t share his amazing scales The Rainbow Fish then goes to the other fish and gives them his scales Eventually all the fish have a shiny scale and the Rainbow Fish now has only one shiny scale left as well The fish all play together happily The end.Fantastic A book about learning Isn t that brilliant I suggest that you go buy this book for your children It s important that your children realize that it is NEVER okay to be different from other children After all, we as people are not allowed to be stronger weaker, smarter less intellectual, creative logical, physically, spiritually or emotionally better than others In fact, we should ALL be the same And it s also important that you teach your children that, in life, they are entitled If someone has something then it is okay to expect that they give it to you In fact, you should shun them if they don t If you work hard and have much please remember you must share it all Even if you don t want to Don t expect to be liked just for your personality You must give everything you have to ensure that you are liked.Nothing is worse than being unliked Don t let you children think differently or it could go very badly for them Your individuality is not precious and there is no degree to which it can t be compromised in order to make people like you Remember WHO you are your morals, intellect, personality and charm aren t nearly as important to you as they are to other people Never be afraid to give away any part of yourself in order to be liked Just like See Even culture can be bastardized to fit in Maybe I am being the grinch Maybe I am bespoiling a perfectly good children s book Or maybe I m just wondering what the world would be like if all the Rainbow Fish gave away their pretty scales until there weren t any Rainbow Fish anyJust think we could all look like this Who wants to share an earring Ahem Nice little book that teaches sharing, or subtle liberal socialist propaganda which teaches to give away all and anything special about yourself or what you have for the betterment of the whole You might think I m being ridiculous, but I was a bit alarmed at this children s book when a professor in a teaching class read it to us aloud Basically, Rainbow Fish is special because, unlike the other fish, he is special and has many colors of the rainbow on his fins The other fish grow jealous and hostile and demand that Rainbow Fish give away his beautiful scales to the others so they can have part of his beautiful colors He refuses at first, but then yields, giving away the colored fins to all the other fishes so they each have one or two colored scales, thus equalizing the entire school Rainbow fish is no longer special, but is happier having given this unique characteristic away because the other fish are now happy and accepting of him.Are you kidding me This is basically telling kids that if they have something special, they should share it so that everyone is equal But then, no one is special It s very much like the socialist belief that if you have a skill or make money, that money should not belong to you, the one who has it or has earned it you should not be able to do with this as you please which very well may be to help others No You are to give this away for the betterment of the group because they demand that you do so Nobody should have any kind of special thing or advantage Nobody should make money than someone else or have nicer things, because it upsets people and they won t like you then Well, too bad Uniqueness, individuality, and independence or the very qualities that spur new ideas and new inventions which affect the greater whole for the better without the weight of dictatorship and being told to do something A child should want to share because it is the innately right thing to do They should want to do so out of kindness, not out of fear of reproach For a children s book that appears to at first be about sharing, this book is good at conveying the lesson that people will always look down on others and want what they have for their own I disagree with this moral and will not read it to my children to teach sharing, but to teach the points above when they are old enough to understand the difference between sharing and ceding. I ve just read a one star review of this book that was, to me, highly amusing It has been one starred because the reviewer thinks it is nothing but socialist propaganda, in other words it s going to lead toddlers and little children straight down the Red Road to Communism I m pretty sure the reviewer is American since no one in Europe would actually care whether it was socialist propaganda or not, socialism being a perfectly acceptable political philosophy there Indeed many governments have been socialist, and why not It s only another variant of capitalism as practised.Anyway, it was an enjoyable review so if you d like to read it for yourself it s here Leila s review 2 Rainbow Fish s A BEAUTIFUL book that has an UGLY message I absolutely loved this book when I was in elementary school But looking back now, I don t think I completely got the message that I do now Back then I was just so enthralled by the illustrations because well let s face it the artwork is gorgeous and sparkly I thought it was a book that teaches kids the fundamentals in sharing and making friends and giving of oneself But at last, that is not the case The little Rainbow Fish basically has to give away EVERYTHING that makes him uniquely special so that all the other fish will be his friend Therefore the fish give s away all of his pretty scales to all the jealous fish This Is Not Sharing This is giving up everything that makes you you, to cut yourself into pieces, and then give them away because other fish want what you have Say WHAT How on earth is this fair or giving young kids the right message It s not, it s teaching children that they have to change who they are just to make others like you and to be happy I really just didn t like the fact that he gave away his scales Sure the Rainbow Fish needed an attitude adjustment But what does giving up parts of yourself have to do with your personality Or How to Buy Friends Who Were Jealous of YouDon t get me wrong, I m all for teaching kids to share and to not act like little snots But there s something disturbing in the idea that Rainbow Fish has to give away all but one of his beautiful sparkly scales toys, possessions to the other jealous fishies so they ll be his friends. all I remember is reading this over, and over, and over, and over as a child don t remember what it s about, but I loved it. This is another one of the books that horrified me when I read it to a younger family member without pre reading Another, you are a bad adult moment I still can t believe how popular this book is with the self crippling message it espouses Everyone says, this is all about sharing and isn t that wonderful We all want children to learn the value of community and sharing These are basic tenets of being a social animal and being in a group Admirable goal without a doubt That s not this book s message.THIS isn t sharing This is give up everything about you, dissect yourself into pieces, and give them away because others are jealous It is one of the most horrifying conformist and self sacrificing books I ve read and it is geared to children Teaches children to be ashamed of themselves and change who they are to make other people happy It s a pretty book that hides an ugly message. I m all into sharing and stuff, but this little guy was basically told that he had to give away everything that made him special just so other fish wouldn t be jealous and mean Is this fair Heck no Reminds me of one of my favorite lines from The Incredibles, when Dash says something along the lines of, If everybody s special, then NOBODY is. A chilling tale about a young fish who learns that no one will ever like him until he gives up the thing that makes him unique and becomes just like everyone else.Of a genre with The Giving Tree and the stalker classic Love You Forever. I also thought the message in this book was not good for children We have to give things to people so they will like us What Sure, this book is trying to teach about friendship and giving of oneself, but where in the book do the other fish stop being selfish and jealous Those are not qualities that should be rewarded, and the poor rainbow fish has to give away all of his lovely scales to jealous, hateful fish Just awful I think it would be a lot different if the other fish were in need of something instead of just being jealous.
- 24 pages
- Der Regenbogenfisch
- Marcus Pfister
- 03 February 2018 Marcus Pfister