The Rainbow Fish
By Marcus Pfister
Story designed by Michelle Backes
The story begins in the deep, blue sea where the
beautiful fish lives. The rainbow fish is decorated with many
beautifully, colored scales on his body. His scales are shades of
blue, green, and purple. Some of his scales are a shiny silver
color that glitter in the ocean water. These shiny, glittery
scales are the rainbow fish's most prized possessions. The rainbow fish
was very proud of his shiny scales.
Because the rainbow fish was adorned with such
beautiful scales, he became very proud and selfish. He was
consumed with his outward appearance. He refused to share his
shiny scales with other fish in the ocean. This left him with no
friends or admirers. Suddenly, the shiny scales did not seem so
important. So, the lonely fish seeks advice from the wise
octopus. The octopus tells rainbow fish to give away his beauty
and "discover how to be happy".
As the rainbow fish gives away some of his scales,
he begins to feel different. He learns that sharing what he has
with the other fish brings him happiness. The other fish in the
sea also accept him now. The rainbow fish has truly found his
generous heart, which was once hidden by pride and selfishness.
He has discovered the real value of personal beauty and friendship!