The Rainbow Fish

World Premiere at Two River Theatre
Red Bank, NJ, December 2017

Premiere Tour beginning April, 2018 at
Kravis Performing Arts Center 
West Palm Beach, FL

“The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!”

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s elegant new show, The Rainbow Fish, will include an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colourful story as well two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites.

Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.  The Rainbow Fish features these same elements.

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry.

Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title–the sweet message of The Rainbow Fish series has resonated with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers around the world.

The Stories

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow. He is admired by the entire underwater world, and the other fish dream of owning one of his magnificent shiny scales. Resentment and isolation ensue when he is unwilling to give any of them away, and he becomes the loneliest fish in the ocean. Following the advice of a clever octopus, he gives each fish one of his scales. The more he shares, the happier he becomes.

The idea of depicting the exceptional beauty of the Rainbow Fish with shimmering silver foil came from the author himself. The result was the first picture book of its kind to appear on the market, and The Rainbow Fish took the best seller lists by storm when it was published in 1992. To date more than 30 million copies of the various Rainbow Fish volumes have been sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages. Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year of publication, The Rainbow Fish is undoubtedly one of the classic titles of children‘s literature.

Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea

Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea highlights further adventures.  When his last glittering scale falls off and sinks down into the deep sea, Rainbow Fish finds the courage to follow it into the great unknown, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors that are eager to make his acquaintance.


Opposites uses striking images from Rainbow Fish’s underwater wonderland to introduce very young children to the concept of opposites such as up/down, in/out, over/under, big/little, long/short. As a fitting finale, and story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all—give and take—as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.


The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister™
©1992 NorthSouth Books, Inc.
Licensed by RJM Licensing, Inc. 


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