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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 170L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152626107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152626105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With her characteristically vibrant artwork, Ehlert depicts the planting of a family garden. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1992 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

I love the vibrant colors in this book.
Friedman
My son has loved this book since he was 1 year old and is now 2.
S. Meldrum
It is a great book to teach colors as well.
Nancy D. Owen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 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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19 of 19 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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13 of 13 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Friedman on October 21, 2009
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By little book worm on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
My daughter loves this book and I believe it is partly because we planted some bulbs together in the garden last fall. She just turned 3 and is in her first year of kindergarden. At school they are focusing on gardens this semester which is another reason I bought the book. She loves to pick flowers and will certainly enjoy seeing our "rainbow" grow this Spring. I only wish the book had been available as a board book or in a sturdier format as I fear it will not last too long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thomas f madison on November 8, 2013
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
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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