Literacy and Art: The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a wonderful tale with a moral that isn’t too deep even for the smallest of children to understand.  The story belongs to a very vain fish who discovers how rewarding it is to share with others.  Another great read aloud for your class or at bedtime.

Once you are finished reading the book, you can create your own Rainbow Fish to display!

Picture courtesy of Homeschooling Fun.


  1. says

    i actually read this gorgeous colored children’s book (it’s in most libraries) and the book has many an illustration that would lend itself to a beautiful and / or meaningful art project.

    it’s a creative mind to translate the book into school projects. good on ya!

  2. Marlena Hansen says

    I have used this story line of Rainbow fish in art projects for my k-1 grade students. I have done this project twice and so far have done it different the two times. The first time we used crayon resist and students listened while I read and show the images from the book. We later created our own underwater Rainbow fish painting. I used liquid brillant watercolors, pencils, white construction paper,and sharpie marker. The students were mesmorized by the effects of using a white crayon to resist areas of their paintings.watching the white crayon become “invisible” in application. The impact was when they used tropical, brilliant liguid watercolors to paint over the crayon revealing the images written with the white craon. I juat happened to have the principle in the room when it oocured. It wasn’t easy prying the little fingers away from their creations so that I could display them for all to see!

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