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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st ed edition (April 11, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152626093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152626099
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Every fall "Mom and I plant a rainbow," by carefully placing bulbs in the gardenstiger lilies, yellow daffodils, blue hyacinth and purple iris, among others. And every winter they order seeds from catalogues for zinnias, daisies, marigolds and much more. The bulbs sprout in spring; seedlings are set out. Come summer, it's time to harvest the rainbow-colored crop. Despite a die-cut insert that relates the colors of the spectrum, this new title lacks the fresh approach to the natural cycle of planting, growth and reaping of Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup. While still welcome for its bursts of color and well-documented labeling of flowers, this book cannot add to the concept of gardening, precisely because its predecessor was so comprehensive. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Planting a Rainbow , a companion to Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup (HBJ, 1987), is a dazzling celebration of the colorful variety in a flower garden and the cyclical excitement of gardening. A young child relates in ten simple sentences the yearly cycle and process of planning, planting, and picking flowers in a garden. Mother and child plant bulbs in fall, order seeds from catalogs in winter, eagerly anticipate the first shoots of spring, select seedlings in summer, ``and watch the rainbow grow,'' reveling in the opulence of color. The power of this book lies in the glowing brilliance and bold abstraction of the double-page collages. Ehlert combines simple, stylized shapes of flat, high intensity color into abstract yet readily identifiable images of plants and flowers while clearly and colorfully labeling each plant on an adjacent garden marker. Children will especially delight in the six pages of varying width depicting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow. A celebration of the garden, the power of shape and color, and the harmony of text and image in a picture book. Pamela Miller Ness, The Fenn School, Concord, Mass.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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My son has loved this book since he was 1 year old and is now 2.
S. Meldrum
Excellent children's book that really teaches kids and adults about flowers and gardening.
Friedman
This is a delightful book and children love the bold colorful pictures of flowers.
Maryliz

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
My son and I BOTH loved this book. It was both fun to read and informative. The pictures were brilliant with color and seemed to bounce off the page. Every color of the rainbow was represented. After we finished reading the book, my son wanted to plant his own rainbow. It awakened his curiousity.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old daughter loves this book! We borrowed it from our local library, read it 2-3 times daily, and had great trauma returning it. It has now been a month since it went back and she is still talking about it and has it on her christmas list. She has impressed the neighbors by asking if they had any morning glories or delphiniums and she was eager to help me plant my bulbs and explore all the flowers in our yard. She has always been a flower lover, but this book really stimulated her interest.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 12, 2008
Format: Board book
"Every year Mom and I plant a rainbow." Thus begins this wonderful children's classic, Planting a Rainbow.

With its vibrant, full-page, cut paper (or the look of) illustrations, author Lois Ehlert demonstrates in simple text the flower gardening process. The magic of this book is in the illustrations. Though they are simple, the different bulbs, seeds, seedlings, sprouts and plants are highly recognizable. It is as if she was able to zero in on the one defining characteristic of the various living things and put that to page.

My four-year-old son loves the format of this lap-sized board book. It is sturdy enough for even him to haul around and suffer his abuse and big enough to be like the big kid books that don't fare so well under his watch. He loves the color and the varying sized pages.

Mom is most enamored with the teaching nature of the illustrations. I love how each plant is identifiable and labeled on every page. I appreciate the teaching of seasons and the time various gardening activities take place. As it is currently February and dreary, I'm also appreciative of the hope and color of spring when my own bulbs will sprout and I can dig in the dirt to plant my seedlings.

I think it was a great decision to reprint this book in the lap-sized board book version and I know my family will enjoy it for years to come.

Armchair Interviews says: Good read for the little ones-and Moms, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Friedman on October 21, 2009
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Excellent children's book that really teaches kids and adults about flowers and gardening. I love the vibrant colors in this book. Comes in two sizes small and large, so be sure to know what size you are ordering if this is important to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cady Hayden on September 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book would be perfect for a child who enjoys helping their parent with a garden, or a child mastering their color knowledge. It briefly explains the process of how a garden is started from seed/bulb, shows the growth of different colorful flowers and name the most common garden flowers. The pictures are basic but bold and color fills the pages which allows you to appreciate the next step in the process and the next page in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara Cope on December 30, 2013
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This was one of my favorite books as a child, and it's become one of my daughter's as well! We've been reading it to her since she was a baby; when she was tiny, the bright, bold flowers were incredibly interesting. Now that she's bigger, she's beginning to understand that plants come from seeds and have roots, and grow with certain seasons. Love it!

Oh, it's also great for teaching colors too ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thomas f madison on November 8, 2013
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This is a beautiful book, and it helped my cousin's grandchild understand more about my grandmother's and my aunt's love of gardening. I hope my grandchildren will enjoy it as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DocMel on April 14, 2010
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a gift for my neice's third birthday. The book is absolutely beautiful with bright bold colors, very reminicent of Eric Carle's books. The book is educational and teaches about different types of flowers. I bought the lap-sized board book and I am glad that I did because it is very durable and perfect for little hands. This is a great buy for a young child who loves the garden.
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