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Format: Hardcover

Condition: Good*

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Book Overview

For the youngest readers, the board book edition from the New York Times bestselling Rainbow Fish series. The award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he... This description may be from another edition of this product.

Customer Reviews

18 ratings

Book had torn pages

I loved this book as kid. As I started reading it to my little one I noticed that the book had torn pages. In some parts of the book I couldn’t even read it properly because the page was completely torn! Very disappointing. I purchased an acceptable book and thought the books would come with stickers or writing at most but to have a book that is essentially not readable to outrageous.

My son loves this book

Came in g sat condition and my son loves it

I bought a book with "very good" condition, but quality of book is so bad

I bought a book with "very good" condition, but quality of book is so bad. it is so dirty, so I don't want to touch it.

Multiple Pages Ripped Out

Absolutely ridiculous. Over 4 pages completely ripped out of this book and the cover was drawn all over. Not sure how this passed as “Good” or even “Acceptable” quality. Makes me very reluctant to purchase from this site again. Buyers beware of their quality standards because they are obviously obsolete.

Seller sold ripped up book

Book would have been good if it had the pages

Was missing pieces


Half the book missing

The book is a great one. But it showed up with the second half torn out.

Order filled with Pocket size version of original - disappointing

I really wanted the original full size version of this timeless classic not the pocket size travel copy. (The price tag on it is a fraction what I paid when I ordered.)

This is a terrible lesson for kids.

If someone is jealous of the things that make you special, you should give it all away to be liked? That is the lesson in this book. The other creatures are mean to the rainbow fish until it gives in. If the illustration wasn’t so good, this book wouldn’t even get a second look.

received english version

I received a copy written in English, not in German.

Incomplete and not as described

The book is missing at least one page and a couple more are torn. There's also a wad of dried gum on the cover 🤮

first time I've gotten a "bad" book

The quality of this book could have been a little better, I usually receive great books even in just the acceptable category. This one had part of a page missing. I would not have cared if it was for me. But I was planning on giving this to someone else.

Only fair

The book itself is a wonderful classic. I laughed because I somehow missed this was in both Espanol and English. But the particular copy was very well worn on the edges.

The Rainbow Fish book is one of my favorite books for my preschoolers

The Rainbow Fish book I received had about 5 pages at the very back coming out of the binding and over half way detached from the book. We love the story and I purchased to use in our homeschool class so I was disappointed to have so many pages not attached properly.

We love it

This is the original Rainbow Fish story which is a simple moral tale designed for very young children. The Rainbow Fish is beautiful, but arrogant and selfish. He has to learn that superficial qualities such as beauty and wealth cannot be valued over friendship and happiness. It is at best an oversimplification to say this is a book about sharing, and I cannot agree at all with the reviewers who claim it is about being forced to give up one's unique identity in order to fit in with the crowd. To me that is yet another case of people impressing adult attitudes and ideals on to a children's book and I'm sad to see so many people seem to have missed the point, which is not that the Rainbow Fish gives away his shining scales, but that he learns humility. This is a charming and classic children's book from my home continent and I'm proud to have it on my daughter's bookshelf.


This book is great for kids. The illustrations are wonderful, the story is interesting and educational. My daugther loves it.

This is a wonderful story!

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!

Shiny Fish

Rainbow Fish is a great book with bright color. In the book, Rainbow Fish learns to share with others and that's very good for a young age. The author is Marcus Pfister and this book has a setting of the ocean. The book Rainbow Fish is full of color and all the drawings look like a cartoon. I would so check this book out if I were you because even if you've read this book ten times you would still want more. The pictures to me are the best part because all the pictures are filled with wonderful color. Rainbow Fish's scales are wonderful shades of green, purple, blue, red, and best of all shimmering silver scales. I would say Rainbow Fish is a good book for young kids because the pictures are wonderful colors. I would also say Rainbow Fish is a good because the book looks like a cartoon. But besides the pictures the setting and plot are fine to. Some of the characters in Rainbow Fish are Rainbow Fish and Little Blue Fish. Rainbow Fish is a fish with wonderful scales and learns a very important lesson. Little Blue Fish was a fish that probably do anything for Rainbow Fish's silver scales. Little Blue Fish was also the first fish to have one of Rainbow Fish's scales. At the end of the story Rainbow Fish shares and the other fish want him for a friend again. I hope they write a Rainbow Fish 2 because the colors. I think it would be cool to have a second Rainbow Fish. I think it would be cool because the story of Rainbow Fish. And it is very good book for young kids. That is what I like about the book Rainbow Fish. Rainbow Fish is a book I would so recommend and read. This book is good for young children because of the pictures. With the plot, pictures, and setting this book should be a little Newbery book. The book Rainbow Fish is a book that once you read it once you would want to read it again and again. And I think everyone should read it.

The Rainbow Fish Mentions in Our Blog

The Rainbow Fish in Gifts That Are Kid Tested and Parent Approved
Gifts That Are Kid Tested and Parent Approved
Published by Melina Lynne • December 14, 2015

Many memories will be shared over a good book, starting with the time-honored tradition of the bed-time story. Who here remembers begging their parents to read just one more book? "I promise I will go right to bed after the next one;" "I'm not tired yet;" "But I really like both of the books. I don't want to choose." Do any of these sound familiar?

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