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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books (February 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824955196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824955199
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P.K. Hallinan began writing children's books 40 years ago when his wife asked him to make a book for their two young sons as a Christmas gift. He did, and the feedback he got from friends and neighbors inspired him to write more books. Since then, P.K. has written and illustrated nearly 100 children's books and has sold more than 9,000,000 copies worldwide.

P.K. was born in Los Angeles in 1944 and spent his youth primarily in Bethesda, Maryland and in the San Fernando Valley. Although P.K. never studied art, his disappointment with the work of the artist assigned to illustrate his first book motivated him to learn to draw. He has been illustrating his own books ever since.

"If I did any one thing right," says P.K., "I decided very early on to write books that help children and parents alike have better and happier lives. That decision has kept many of my books in-print for more than 25 years, because the values I teach are timeless."

His newest book, "A LIFE THAT MATTERS: Five Steps to Making a Difference", is his first book for adults. In it he describes five simple ways to add significance to virtually any career.

P.K. is also an ordained minister. He lives with his wife, Jeanne, and his boxer, Betty, in the mountains above Ashland and also at the beach, in Brookings, Oregon.

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It is a book I use every year in my kindergarten class!
Mary Jo Gilchrist
This book by PK Hallinan is a wonderful teaching tool for all children.
Cindy Goldberg
Beautiful pictures and simple text to inform kids about diversity.
E. Jackson

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
A Rainbow of Friends is wonderfully written. A children's book that adults will enjoy reading with their children. It is unique in its demonstrating universal acceptance among all cultures, races, and handicaps among people.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent approach to teaching children that we are all equal no matter what are nationality, race or handicap is.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Burton on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is powerful because of its simplicity. I can not give this book enough praise! Since our family discovered this gem a few years ago, P.K. Hallinan (who does his own illustrations) has become one of our favorites. The subtitle on earlier editions was "A Book to Celebrate Diversity". Hallinan subtly covers many aspects of diversity through his rhyming words and colorful illustrations. This book is not preachy nor is it cheesy. I like that the book does not just focus on ethnicity, disability and differences. A Rainbow of Friends touches on views, interests, dress, strengths and weaknesses; it emphasizes acceptance, understanding, friendship and working together! A great book for all ages! Our family has donated copies of this book to the school library, given copies to each student in my son's class at school and distributed the book at community events. Heartprints (board book edition)Heartprints is Hallinan's best known book; I think A Rainbow of Friends is one of his best. I would also recommend How Do I Love You.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Goldberg on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book by PK Hallinan is a wonderful teaching tool for all children. Although it is not a literary masterpiece, that doesn't matter. The adorable pictures and text portray the true meaning of acceptance and friendship. This is a great book for a child to own!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darlene M. Hollinger on July 26, 2008
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Another favorite by author P.K. Hallinan. As always the illustrations are beautiful & help to tell the story. Teaches children how to welcome others into their lives along with their differences.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Gilchrist on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book about how we can be friends with all types of people--no matter what! :) It is a book I use every year in my kindergarten class!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Allender on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a preschool teacher and wanted books to help the children feel better about being at school that first week. It worked!! It was child friendly and the childen enjoyed the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Goldberg on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
A Rainbow Of Friends by PK Hallinan is a wonderful book to teach acceptance to children. It may not be a literary masterpiece, but that doesn't matter. The words and illustrations are powerful for children of all ages! It's a great book to own.
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