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New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

RainbowFishWe recorded this week’s podcast during Shark Week. What better way to celebrate than to read the shiniest fishy in the sea. This week we experimented with putting me in the left ear and Kate in the right. Is this a good way of handling the problem of our similar voices or deeply annoying to listen to? I’m going to need some feedback on this one.  Before that, however, enjoy our capering as I go off on my desperate need for a hologram book, massive fish shunning, and my inability to fight Kate effectively on this one. As ever, if you have feedback on this episode just drop us a note at

Here are some things mentioned in the podcast:

  • The original book jacket:


  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni:



  • A great little recap of GLOW can be found on Pop Culture Happy Hour here.
  • And finally, the movie The Warriors, which you really should all go and sea because it’s awesome.

And last but not least, listen to our latest episode here.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Here’s another children’s librarian who can’t stand Rainbow Fish and its message of “give away what’s special about you to fit in.” Ugh! It’s not about sharing! Sharing doesn’t mean stripping away parts of yourself to make others comfortable. Two better books about sharing? And the Doorbell Rang and Fly Free. Doorbell realistically shows that sharing does mean having less so others can have some (although some might quibble with the Grandma ex Machina at the end). Fly Free has lovely art and a real message of giving. I find it interesting that Doorbell and Fly Free were both written by women and RF was…not.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      The Giving Tree wasn’t written by a woman either, and its method of “sharing” is also pretty darn questionable. Thanks for the recommendations (and the use of the term “Grandma ex Machina” which I shall now proceed to use for the rest of my darn life it’s so good).