Together with our Year One buddies, we listened to the story of “The Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister. This story is a great story for children of all ages as it explores selfishness and teaches children about the importance of sharing.
After listening to the story we each decorated our own “Rainbow Fish” leaving one scale to be the shiny scale. We made it shiny by using glitter. On the back of our fish we shared one way that we try to be a good friend by showing kindness.
“The most beautiful fish in the ocean is asked to share one of his shining scales with a little blue fish, and to which he refuses. All the other fish in the sea leave him alone, and he wondered why. He goes to the wise octopus for advice, and she tells him to give away his scales. Rainbow Fish reluctantly does so, except for one. In the end, he is less beautiful then he was before, but he has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea.”
Possible questions you could ask your child:
- Have you ever owned an item that you didn’t want to share?
- If you were made to share it, did it make you happy or sad
- Would you rather keep something really special all to yourself or share it with friends?
- Is being unique more important than being liked?
- Was Rainbow Fish’s decision to share worth it?
- Rainbow Fish was happy with his scales, and he was happy with his new friends. Do you think there different kinds of happiness?
- Were they true friends, if one of the main reasons the others liked Rainbow Fish was just because he gave them something pretty?
- Rainbow Fish refused to give the blue fish the scale politely, would this have changed the other fish’s opinion of him?
- Do you try to share with your friends?
- What makes it difficult to share sometimes?
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