The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish

Title: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Why I chose it: "Rainbow Fish" is a beloved classic that appeals to young children with its vibrant illustrations, engaging storyline, and valuable lessons about sharing and friendship.

Reading Comprehension Questions:
18 months to 3 years old:

  1. What color is the Rainbow Fish?
  2. Why does Rainbow Fish initially refuse to share his shiny scales?
  3. How does Rainbow Fish feel after sharing his scales with the other fish?

4-7 years old:

  1. Why do you think Rainbow Fish changes his mind about sharing his scales
  2. How do the other fish react when Rainbow Fish shares his scales?
  3. What do you think Rainbow Fish learns about friendship by the end of the story?

Craft idea: Sparkling Rainbow Fish Craft


  • Paper plate
  • Aluminum foil
  • Blue tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Googly eye
  • Marker or crayon


  1. Cut the paper plate in half to create the body of the fish.
  2. Cover the body of the fish with aluminum foil, crumpling it slightly to create a textured effect.
  3. Cut out scales from the blue tissue paper. You can use various shades of blue for a more colorful effect.
  4. Glue the scales onto the aluminum foil-covered fish body, overlapping them slightly.
  5. Glue a googly eye onto the fish's head.
  6. Use a marker or crayon to draw a smiley face on the fish.
  7. Allow the glue to dry completely before displaying your sparkling rainbow fish craft!

Snack idea: Underwater Jello Cups


  • Blue gelatin (prepared according to package instructions)
  • Gummy fish or sea creature candies


  1. Prepare the blue gelatin according to the package instructions.
  2. Pour the gelatin into small clear cups, filling them about halfway.
  3. Place the cups in the refrigerator and allow the gelatin to set completely.
  4. Once the gelatin has set, add a few gummy fish or sea creature candies on top of each cup to create an underwater scene.
  5. Serve the underwater jello cups as a fun and refreshing snack for your little ones to enjoy while reading "Rainbow Fish" together.

Enjoy the crafting, snacking, and storytelling fun with your little ones and the magical tale of "Rainbow Fish"!

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