Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Book Synopsis: A fish with beautiful scales learns to share.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Character Actions (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B)
Creating the Costume: This was one of the first character costumes I created. I cut felt scales as well as sequin scales and sewed on a skirt I didn’t wear often. The sequin silver scales are velcro and removable so they could come off during the story. However, the first time I did that I had a mob of kids trying to pull the other ones off afterward, so that’s a secret I keep to myself now.
Delivery: Sometimes I think that something was lost in the translating of this book, as there are some questions I have, like why does the female octopus have a deep voice? However, there are some great words in this book that can be used in a vocabulary lesson such as wavered, shimmering and the like. It’s a good read to to help with behavior, making friends and sharing. Problem and solution as well as character actions are other areas we focus on when we read this book.