The children’s book Rainbow Fish tells a story about a beautiful fish with multi colored scales. His name is Rainbow Fish and he has always loved his scales. One day, he encounters a small fish who asked him if he could have one of his beautiful scales. Rainbow fish said NO to him in a very rude manner. The other fish were upset with his behavior and they did not want to play with him anymore. So Rainbow Fish goes to an Octopus for advice and the Octopus tells him that he should share his beautiful scales with his friends. Finally, the Rainbow Fish decided to give the small fish one of his scales which made the fish very happy. Seeing how happy this made the little fish he instantly felt better and decided to give many of his scales away to other fish that wanted one. Rainbow Fish ended up with only one of his beautiful scales left but seeing how happy his friends were made him feel good about his decision.
Overall Rainbow Fish introduces the idea of sharing and how happy it can make you as a person. I feel like the book wanted to show children the good concept of sharing. Most kids are selfish at first and want to keep everything to themselves without knowing what sharing really means. This book could really reiterate the happiness that comes with sharing with others. I think this is an appropriate book for kids because it is very memorable. I remember reading this book as a kid in school and what it taught me, so it could also have that same affect on other kids.
Locke stated, “Manners, as they call it, about which children are so often perplex’d, and have so many goodly exhortations made them by their wise maids and governesses, I think, are rather to be learnt by example than rules; and then children, if kept out of ill company, will take a pride to behave themselves prettily, after the fashion of others, perceiving themselves esteem’d and commended for it.” This statement perfectly explains how children can learn by example and that example could be something as simple as reading a book. I feel that this book goes against Locke’s views because he thinks that kids should be hidden from the real world so that they stay kids as long as possible and are not influenced by bad things that happen in the real world. And this book is basically teaching kids to go out and make new friends in the world because helping others will make you happy as a person, and to reach outside your “bubble”.
Although Strasburger’s views are similar to Locke’s, Strasburger explained, “Images and sounds are more realistic than ever.” What I took from this is that images can really put a picture in children’s head and it can stick with them so if children read this picture book, the images of Rainbow Fish sharing might stick with them and remind them to not be selfish and to share if necessary. Strasburger also states “Surveying more than 2,000 children ages 8 to 18, the study documented that youth today are surrounded by media. The average child in the United States lives in a home with three TVs, four CD or tape players, three radios, three VCR/DVD players, two video game consoles, and one computer.” I think we need to get children reading more books like Rainbow Fish so they can learn through reading and not by playing on the computer. With all the technology in the world today, parents should take charge and make their children sit down and read books like children used to do. Some technology that children are watching are not good influences on them at all and most children’s book have a very good life lesson to them.
“Schoolboy” by Blake could also be like Rainbow Fish because it was about how a boy loves summer but he has to attend summer school. If children were to read “Schoolboy” than maybe they would try harder to do good in school during the winter so they could enjoy the summer without having to go to summer school. So maybe if children were to read Rainbow Fish they would learn that sharing and being nice to others is the best way to be. The aspect of learning by example is what I took from “Schoolboy” because if children read that poem they are going to want to enjoy their summer without school and if children read Rainbow Fish, they are going to want to be nice and share with their friends. The poem and book relate very well to each other by giving children good life lessons to learn from. Also, Blake’s poem “Introduction” says, Sing thy songs of happy cheer!”
So I sung the same again, I wrote my happy songs Every child may joy to hear. This relates because the poem basically is stating that the children liked his songs and kept asking him to sing them because they made them happy so he did, and Rainbow Fish realized that giving his scales away made the little fish happy so he kept giving them away to keep others happy.