A Rainbow of Birds
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Category: Academic Wings
Author: Janet Halfmann www.janethalfmann.com
Artist: Jack Foster jacktoon.blogspot.com
Print ISBN: 9781616334628; 1616334622
eBook ISBN: 9781616334635; 1616334630

Birds have their legends just like people do, and baby birds love to hear the stories. Papa Cardinal, whose job it is to pass down bird ways to his chicks, tells them the story of how birds gave the world the rainbow. Itís a tale of fun and squabbles and magic!

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"We have read a few of Janet Halfmann's books and have enjoyed them all. Her latest story, A Rainbow of Birds, is another keeper! It's a bird folk tale told by a daddy cardinal to his little chicks about how rainbows came to be. With bright illustrations and a simple story line, this was a great book for my two year old who is learning her colors. My older children enjoyed it as well. I especially liked the additional facts and activities about color and rainbows included at the end of the book. My children are especially excited to try making their own rainbow outdoors. (We just need warm weather and sunshine so we can break out the hose!) A Rainbow of Birds is a fun combination of imagination and science, great for ages 2-8." ~Baby Brainstorm blog: http://babybrainstorm.blogspot.com/2014/03/book-review-rainbow-of-birds.html

"We have read a few of Janet Halfmann's books and have enjoyed them all. Her latest story, A Rainbow of Birds, is another keeper!It's a bird folk tale told by a daddy cardinal to his little chicks about how rainbows came to be. With bright illustrations and a simple story line, this was a great book for my two year old who is learning her colors. My older children enjoyed it as well. I especially liked the additional facts and activities about color and rainbows included at the end of the book. My children are especially excited to try making their own rainbow outdoors. (We just need warm weather and sunshine so we can break out the hose!)" ~Baby Brainstorm blog: http://babybrainstorm.blogspot.com/2014/03/book-review-rainbow-of-birds.html

"Janet Halfmann’s new book, "A Rainbow of Birds," with artwork by Jack Foster, is a sweet story about the creation of one of nature’s miracles, the rainbow, or call it a bird folktale about how the birds gave the world the rainbow. This cute fable is boldly, “colorfully” illustrated by Jack Foster. His whimsical cartoon style will have kids giggling and cheering along with the chicks at the beautiful rainbow colors. Ms. Halfmann has included information at the end of the story about how rainbows occur after rain showers, rainbow facts and stories, how to make an outdoor and an indoor rainbow, how to make a rainbow book, and a hanging rainbow. These fun activities will be enjoyed by kids and appreciated by parents and grandparents on rainy days. Teachers can use this book in cross curriculum units on weather, the water cycle, nature, and for art activities"
~Penelope Anne Cole (author): http://penelopeannecole.blogspot.com/2014/03/janet-halfmanns-rainbow-of-birds.html

"Miss Grace LOVES birds, so she was thrilled to read one about her favorite birds, the cardinals, by one of her favorite authors! The illustrations are super bright and colorful as you can see: Miss Grace laughed at the different birds that made up the rainbow and it was great to see her tie in the birds from other books we have read (and reviewed!). I loved the back section, where Janet gives you questions to ask as follow up, science projects and even art projects! She even explains ROY G BIV! Miss Grace can't wait to try all the projects! Janet has scored another hit book, perfect for Spring giving, for celebrating the rainbow with the leprechaun's gold this month, or putting in the Easter basket!"~Bless Their Hearts Mom blog: http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2014/03/childrens-book-review-rainbow-of-birds.html\

"Janet Halfmann is a talented and prolific writer with a long career behind her and more ahead. In her latest release, A RAINBOW OF BIRDS, illustrated by Jack Foster, she creates a bird legend about how the rainbow came to be. Creation stories are always a success with young readers, and this one is a vibrantly colorful story (literally, full of color). It provides numerous cues and opportunities for kids to chime in (chirp in?) with repeated readings. I see potential for an eager group to generate a script from it, culminating in a colorful rainbow display at its conclusion. For the very youngest it also encourages naming/pointing to colors, playing with sounds, and careful observation of nature. ... this is another of the many titles Janet has written that offer instructional back matter related to the topic as well as crafts and suggested activities." ~Unpacking the Power of Picture Books: http://unpackingpicturebookpower.blogspot.com/2014/03/another-new-release-and-interview-janet.html