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Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller

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I was overjoyed to see a new installation in the Rainbow Fish franchise, as I remember being absolutely enamored with the bright, beautiful scales and illustrations and story of Rainbow Fish as a little one. This one is all about Rainbow Fish’s new friend, Humbert, and Humbert’s unfortunate habit of making up crazy tales. How do Rainbow Fish and his friends deal with this? Well, just read and find out. A new spin on a beloved classic that will have your little ones wanting to take a dip under the sea into the colorful world of Rainbow Fish.
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Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller by Marcus Pfister is a cute story.  Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller is a story that essentially talks about lying. I love the Rainbow Fish series and think Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller is a great addition to the story collection.  This book teaches a great lesson and I believe it would be great for any story time.  Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book.  My review is also on Goodreads.
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The Rainbow Fish is a children’s tale that continues through this story with a sweet storyteller friend..
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What another good story to read.
Marcus Pfister really knows how to tell a really good story with a heart warming ending.
My son has read this book so many times and each time he learnt something different.
We hope there will be more to come in the Rainbow Fish series.
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I was excited to see a new book about Rainbow Fish. The storyline of a fish who tells tall tales as if they were true. At first, I wondered if this book had a political slant, but it resolved without one. The layout and typography of the book looked dated. The beautiful illustrations could have expanded into a few pages that were white with text.
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The colors of the pictures in this story are so vibrant and beautiful. Rainbow Fish is also a good story with a lesson for young children. In this instance, Humbert is a fish that tells the other fish fantastic stories. When they realize his stories are to scare them and aren't true, no one wants to play with Humbert. But, then Humbert is all alone. So, Rainbow Fish asks Humbert to use his storytelling for good. Sometimes Humbert exaggerates, but the fish bring him back to reality. All the fish enjoy Humbert's wonderful stories. 
A good lesson not to lie and to tell stories that are lies, but instead weave stories that are interesting and true.
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A cute and timely addition to the “Rainbow Fish” collection, “Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller” tells the tale of a fish, Humbert, who tells untrue, yet frightening, stories to the other fish with hopes that they will let him protect them. Rainbow Fish believes one tale for a brief moment but the other fish don’t even give the stories a second thought. In one instance, the fish use facts to dissolve Humbert’s wild tale but for his other tales, they just simply don’t listen. I wish there had been more examples of how the fish used logic to negate Humbert’s tales as I think that could have been a great teaching moment for little listeners. Equally, it would have been interesting to dive a bit into why Humbert felt the need to tell these frightening stories in the first place. Was he lonely? Misinformed? Expressing his own fears? The story resolved quickly and nicely, as expected, and the illustrations were beautiful as always, but I think the overall messaging could have been more impactful than it was.
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Rainbow Fish is an enduring children's favorite. The new addition to the line-up will be enjoyed by preschoolers and early elementary students. The illustrations are bright and sparkly and really draw one's eyes to the pages.

Rainbow Fish has a new friend named Humbert. Humbert's stories are fantastical and more than a little hard to believe. Rainbow Fish and his friends swim away and leave Humbert all by himself. Then Rainbow Fish has an idea - why not let Humbert tell his stories as tall tales! Humbert becomes known for his excellent story-telling skills and his tall tales. And Rainbow Fish and his friends get to hear all the great stories. Did you know there is a plug at the bottom of the ocean? Hmmm, true or tall tale? You read and decide.
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I remember when the first Rainbow Fish book was published and arrived in the library, it was such a popular series and the kids loved it as the rainbow fish was multi-colored and had the most amazing scales that the children could touch and feel the differences. It was also a good story and the book became quite popular. Over the years, the author grew the Rainbow Fish books by introducing new characters and new adventures. When I saw this one on Netgalley, I was excited to give it a read as also the "storyteller" part captured my attention as I love books about books and stories. One day Rainbow Fish meets Humbert, another fish and he tells Rainbow Fish a scary tale. She believes him and rushes to warn the other fish and nothing happens. As the book goes along, Humbert continues to tell stories and soon the other fish get annoyed with his lies. Humbert starts to feel dejected and lonely as no one wants to hang around him due to his stories. Rainbow Fish feels sorry for Humbert and helps him put his imagination to use by putting on a show for the other fish and becoming their entertainment as a professional "fish" storyteller. Like the other books, this was a cute read and had a feel-good ending, and shows the readers that sometimes we just need a push in the right direction to discover what our talents are.
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My kids love Rainbow Fish and this story did not disappoint. We loved learning about Herbert and I also liked the message about not telling lies. They encouraged Herbert to instead turn his imagination into something positive like storytelling.
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I thought this picture book would be a typical “boy who cried wolf” fashioned story, but I’m glad I was wrong. This is a sweet story about a fish, Humbert, who tells wild and untrue stories to the fish population. In my experience, people tell elaborate and untrue stories because they are lonely and this is one of the only ways they know how to make friends or make themselves important. The fact that the other fish were kind to Humbert and gave him another outlet for his stories and became friends with him was a nice ending to me. The illustrations were beautiful and wonderful. Overall, I liked this story for its message of compassion.
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"The whole story sounded strange and a bit unbelievable." Is the phrase that sticks out when I think of Humbert. Humbert is a fishThis story would be greatly used in a social lesson about telling the truth. The illustrations we're pretty like in other Marcus Pfister stories. This story is recommended for children.
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Rainbow Fish meets a new friend, Humbert, who often tells elaborate and sometimes scary stories. Eventually, Rainbow Fish realizes that while the stories may be exaggerated, Humbert has a knack for storytelling and encourages him to use this skill in a gentler, more welcoming way. We loved this story about identifying tall tales as well as friendship, open-mindedness, and storytelling. Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC! My kids (ages 1, 3, 5, and 7) and I loved it!
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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller is a beautifully, sparkly, illustrated children's book about a delightful Fish called Rainbow Fish. Rainbow Fish gets tricked into believing another fish, Humberts far fetched tales. After Humbert tells him there's a plug at the bottom of the ocean that another fish is going to pull and empty the sea of water, Rainbow Fish swims off to tell his friends. They're not tricked as easily and after a second tale about a big scary whale the fish are left shaken. They find a solution to this and the story ends on a positive note with a lesson to be learned for children. 
This was a great book but I found the text very small and a little too much and long for the age group of children the book is aimed at.
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I have loved the Rainbow Fish series since I was a child and I am thrilled that there are new ones being released. I think this one had a great message for kids about exaggerating and telling white lies. The illustrations were beautiful and eye catching.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the ARC!

Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller is a great story for children with the underlying message how to trust sources. In today's world there is a great amount of misinformation and children will have to learn how to navigate tall tales, lies and the truth. This picture is a great start for this conversation with children.

In the book, Rainbow Fish meets a new friend, Humbert, who tells a lot of stories. There was, for example, a big plug that would drain the ocean! But is this plug really there? Did someone really pull it? Humbert tells other tall stories and Rainbow Fish and his friends are not sure if they should believe him anymore.
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Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller is a sweet story of the classic Rainbow Fish and his friends. Together with his friends they help another fish and learn lessons along the way. This is a cute story that I think parents and kids would like to read together! The illustrations of Rainbow Fish are beautiful.
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Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller was very cute! I think the point will get across to young children through the storyline, dialogue, and relatable problems the characters face. Rainbow fish and his friends aren't sure what to think when Humbert tells wildly made-up stories that don't seem true but are scary none the less. Eventually, the group doesn't want to hang out with Humbert anymore and he becomes lonely. Rainbow fish and another friend decide to make a deal with the lonesome Humbert, that he is welcome to be part of the group if he tells friendly and positive stories. There are many conversations with kids that could stem from this story-making good judgement calls when meeting new people/making new friends; how to compromise; how to forgive and move forward; the importance of truth-telling over exaggeration. I would love this book in my classroom!
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Rainbow fish is by far the most iconic illustration for any and all childrens books. 

This new rainbow fish did not disappoint and honestly just keeps the legend alive.
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Although I had high expectations for this book (mostly because I recognized the rainbow fish from somewhere), unfortunately, I didn't enjoy any aspect of this story.  I think the point that was coming across was way too simplistic (yes even for the target audience)  I think the story is not told in a way as to be engaging for kids (which is ironic because it's a story about a storyteller)  and even the illustrations are, although beautiful, oddly static and devoid of life. I know this is harsh, but there isn't anything inherently wrong with this. It would be a perfectly serviceable story to tell your children, but in a world where there are so many exceptional children's picture books why would I recommend just average?
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