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*Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea* by Marcus Pfister
Also by Marcus Pfister:

The Little Moon Raven

Rainbow Fish and the Whale (Tuff Books)

Questions, Questions

Rainbow Fish Opposites/El Pez Arco Iris Opuestos [bilingual]

Milo and the Magical Stones

Copycat Charlie (Touch and Feel)

Rainbow Fish Hide & Seek Cloth Book
Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea
by Marcus Pfister
Ages 4-8 32 pages NorthSouth August 2009 Hardcover    

The beloved Rainbow Fish returns for a journey to the deep in Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea. Marcus Pfister’s award-winning The Rainbow Fish first introduced the world of the sparkling fish that children love to ogle. Now they have a brand new array of sparkling, mesmerizing delights to enjoy. With just as many sparkles and bright colors as before, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea follows the example of its predecessor.

Looking down into the deep, dark ravine where no smart fish dare wander, Rainbow Fish is horrified to see his last beautiful sparkling scale spiraling into the dark depths. He must get it back. Mustering the courage, Rainbow Fish plunges after the small remaining glimmer of his scale into a dark world of mysterious creatures.

Somehow, these creatures of the dark can produce light and sparkles of their own, and Rainbow Fish is impressed. However, his sparkling scale is his last, and he must find it! A friendly firefly squid, several kinds of glowing jellyfish, a sea slug, and some other fascinating creatures (decked out in all their sparkling glory) aid Rainbow Fish in his hunt among the ocean’s darker depths. In his single-minded hunt of one treasure, Rainbow Fish manages to find many new potential friends.

Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea is a great book for the illustrations, and of course—the sparkles! What kid could resist more of the same art, if not better, than that which debuted in the original The Rainbow Fish?

Unfortunately, the storyline is not this book’s greatest selling point. Aside from the introduction of unique sea creatures, whose names and images are probably unfamiliar to most children, there is almost no substance. The majority of the tale—from plot to dialogue—can be summed up in four words: where is the scale?

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