- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
- Series: Picture Puffin Books
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Open market ed edition (December 14, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140503285
- ISBN-13: 978-0140503289
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Rainbow of My Own Paperback – December 14, 1978
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About the Author
Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.
Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.
He was introduced to the world of children’s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"
Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.
Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.
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So far, this is one of the few books I have found to use for St. Patrick's Day that I actually like. I like to teach about rainbows around St. Patrick's Day because Irish tales say the leprechauns hid their gold there. This book reveals you cannot ever reach the end of the rainbow and thus sheds some light on the Irish leprechaun stories (and Irish humor).
Overall, i wish the book spent more time on making a rainbow of our own using a prism rather than the pretending to play with a rainbow. I think playing with a rainbow you make could be even more fun than the imagination, but then again I teach science for a living ;-)