I’ve talked about our love of sea animals around these parts just once or twice. I don’t meant to sound like a broken record or anything but, well, we all have our preferences. That, and when we find a book we really, really love we want to share it with the world, correct? It just so happens that most of the picture books we love around here involve ocean life. That is my defense. Take it for what it’s worth.
True confessions: I had no idea who or what Rainbow Fish was until just recently. I had pretty much ignored the little sparkly creature until my son started going gaga over marine life. Then I sat up and took notice. I’m probably the only one alive who hadn’t read a Rainbow Fish book, but in case you haven’t, you should know that Rainbow Fish is a friendly little guy who likes to make friends with all sorts of sea creatures. Rainbow Fish also has sparkly scales which make the illustrations in these books absolutely fantastical!
I recently picked up a copy of Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale for our perusal and we enjoyed that one very much. That was our first introduction. When I discovered this new title, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea I knew we had to read it!
In this particular story, a strong current blows off the last of Rainbow Fish’s silvery, sparkly scales. The current sweeps it over the edge of the canyon wall, down in the darkness of the deep ocean. Reminiscent of Finding Nemo, the fish are not supposed to swim down deep but Rainbow Fish declares his intention to descend into the darkness to find his scale and see what other sea creatures live down below. The rest of the book is about his adventures with things like a firefly squid, a dumbo octopus and glowing jellyfish. We were in awe and wonder reading this book. If you haven’t yet tried to make friends with this sparkly fish, we enthusiastically recommend him. Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea has secured our interest in this series and we’re happy getting to know him a little bit better.
The obsession in Carrie’s house over sea creatures is catching. Even she has begun to dream at night about whales and plankton, proving that they are a much discussed topic in her home. She blogs about books regularly, and fish occasionally, at Reading to Know and Reading My Library.
We used to love Rainbow Fish in our place. Books, stickers, just about anything!
Stephanie's Mommy Brain says
We have a Rainbow Fish book around somewhere. It’s not really about the ocean but about everyone being unique and doing their own special things.
Jennifer, Snapshot says
Kyle brought home an easy-reader Rainbow Fish (a different story), and we enjoyed it. It actually didn’t really feature Rainbow Fish much at all, but Amanda saw it, and said, “Oh, Kyle — you have to read the REAL one.” I am vaguely familiar with the story, but she must have heard it at school.
So I think we’ll check it out at the library.
We just happened to pick this up from our library’s “new books” shelf last week! My little ones are enjoying it, although they are not nearly the undersea enthusiasts that your son is. 🙂
This was an amazing story to read when I was growing up, and reading it brings back wonderful memories! I got my book and many others at http://kidsbooks.gknv.com/shop/shop.php?c=books&n=1000&s=sr&p=2&x=Childrens_Books