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Planting a Rainbow

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,872 ratings  ·  224 reviews
This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert's bold collage illustrations include six pages of staggered width, presenting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 28th 1992 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1988)
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Gulzar Malji
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a little girl and her mother who plant seeds in their garden. The girl sees these different coloured flowers come out but thinks they are rainbows.

This is a great book for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Nursery can use this to be introduced to colours. Reception children will develop their KUW of how plants grow. We could bring in some real plants and flowers for the children. KS1 /2 will be able to use this to learn about the life cycle as part of science and perhaps base a lesson aro
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents and early elementary or preshool children
Shelves: programbook, gardens
I use this every year for spring-flower-gardening story time. It is always a big hit with preschool. We end by making a flower picture on a flannel board. 1992

A girl picked this (I had her select, so she would listen to a story instead of going to the Early Learning computer.) tonight and had Ms. Piggy (her stuffed animal?) name all the colors (a boy and his dragon got in on the act too). 5/22/12

Used this for a preschool garden program, since we had it in a big book format and I had 2 day cares
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children; Parents; Teachers
Every year Mom and I plant a rainbow.

Each letter in the word 'rainbow' is a different color.

In the fall we buy some bulbs and plant them in the ground.

This book is a good book if you want to teach a child about plant names. Although the text is extremely simple, We have some red flowers, and orange flowers, the names of all the flowers are listed (on the flower, or on the Popsicle stick that marks each plot) in every single picture. So you have terms like zinnia, tiger lily, and delphinium litte
Nancy Kotkin
A simple story about planting a garden doubles as a concept book to teach colors. The names of all the flowers are labelled as well. Bright, boldly colored paper-cut illustrations and sparse, large print will appeal to the youngest picture book audience. I especially like the staggered-length array of rainbow pages that feature the types of flowers found in the garden, according to color.
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
Bright clear illustrations on a white background make this a good one for a very littles one storytime. Simple text. I don't read all the labels of all the plants, just one or two a page.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Perfect book to teach about colors, flowers and gardening to a pre-schooler.
Nicole Gray
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Lois Ehlert uses all the colors of the rainbow to teach children about how to plant a garden. The book starts with planting seeds then adding plants to their garden. Through the book you watch the garden grow as it gets warmer. She goes through all the colors of the rainbow and the different flowers that were grown. Lots of bright colors used and great illustrations!
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

"Planting a Rainbow" is a great kindergarten book to help reinforce colors!!!! The imagery in the picture book is awesome and engaging. Vibrant colors are definitely a good tool in this book, all of the flowers share colors and some are just single colors, as showcased by the child explanting how he creates a garden every year. While reading the book, have the students decipher and talk about the colors they see. Students need to make connections and this is a good way t
Kelli Bratten
Louis Ehlert books are wonderful for the colorful illustrations and introduction of new words. Many of the plants will be new to the kids and will present new vocabulary. I would use this book for a kindergarten or first grade, possibly second grade classroom, since there are less words throughout the book. This book could be used on a unit in teaching living v. nonliving. As a class we would plant our own plants to ingrain the steps in the book and other books we would have read. Since many of ...more
Tanya Bornstein
This book so much fun! I love how they used the colors of the rainbow to help children understand how to plant seeds and tend to them. This book is quiet colorful and easy to read. Children will love it!

L.E: After reading this book allowed the children can plant their own seed in the classroom have each plant up by the window and the children can check its progress everyday and water it when they think it is needed.

1. Plants grow in the spring time.
2. Seeds need to be in warm soil to g
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
We really enjoyed this book, the whole family. Bright colorful pictures, all about planting colorful flowers so you have a rainbow garden, this book is a solid level 1 reading book, as long as you don't count the names of the flowers. A great book to expand your vocabulary for flowers, although, even I had a difficult time remembering how to pronounce some of the names of the flowers.
Planting a garden full of different colours.

Great for learning colours and seasons but I don't know about the whole complex flower names in a board book.

V @ 7 months old.
Amanda S.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I loved the intentionality in this book...use of words that would stretch a child's vocabulary and plants that are labeled with the colors that the plant will grow to become.
Updated January 28, 2019: after planting several rainbow gardens as a family, this book was more enjoyed and understood this time.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Colorful, sweet and simple story about a flower garden.
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-books
My daughter LOVES this book. As a nature-lover, I am happy to find child-friendly books that encourage planting flowers.
Ashley Heil
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This picture book is intended for ages 4 and up. Painting a Rainbow is a colorful way to teach a child how to plant flowers. It has small descriptions of the flowers and shows the more simple process of planting a garden.
Ehlert's picture book is educational and full of color that is eye-catching and inviting. The narrator is a child who explains the detailed process in a manner that is appropriate and easy to understand for the reader. Ehlert give the reader a detailed yet simplistic explanatio
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations! Big, bold, and colorful, the simple shapes really pop against the white background, making this great for storytimes. The six "cutaway" pages are especially effective at showing how the different colored plants and flowers make a rainbow. It reminded me a little bit of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." I think preschool-aged kids would enjoy naming the colors they recognize. It might be fun too to try pronouncing some of the more obscure flower names. I plan to use this on ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That punk Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today which means six more weeks of winter. Liar. I believe (hope?!) it will come sooner. This book will help get us through. It talks of making plans of a flower garden, from ordering the seeds in the winter to cutting for bouquets in the summer. So if you need a little color to get you through the rest of winter pick up this book and maybe some flowers from the market. 💐 #kidsbooksworthreading #kidslit #plantingarainbow #loisehlert #childrensliteratur ...more
Brightly colored, big and bold colored flowers bloom as a narrator and their mom plan and plant their rainbow (their garden). Real flowers too - not just generic "purple" but "phlox," "pansy" and "violet" - so a nice touch for gardeners to read with their kids. Good for a storytime on seasons, flowers, gardens, colors. Could also be one to read/have out for a younger STEM program involving plants.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
In this picture book, a child and their mother plant various bulbs, tend to them as they grow and then watch them bloom into flowers of various colors. This book explains the steps of planting a flower garden and goes over different colors in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. The pictures are also colorful and bold and it teaches basic vocabulary. Overall, a great picture book about gardening and colors.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My goto book for spring story times! Preschoolers love the colors. Bright beautiful illustrations of many flowers arranged in single colors until the end when a rainbow of flowers appears! I love to pair this book up with a flower seed planting activity with the littles. They so enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow in their classroom windows!
Jenna Parsons
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think that this book is great for a science lesson in an elementary classroom. I do not think it would be something that a child would pick up to read. If they did, it would only be for the beautiful pictures. I would give this book to a child that is a hands-on learner to take a reading and transfer it to real life.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with many flower names, seed shapes and types (bulbs, rhizome, seed packets), and beautiful foliage and bloom illustrations. A great book to introduce kids to flowers or to review plant names in gardens they know.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book. If you have a little one with a green thumb, this book is fun to read. Very colorful illustrations and the pictures are cover to cover.
Raquel Turner
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to teach children about their colors. The illustration is good. Bet colorful and bright. A great book to use for a lesson plan.
Diana Thomsen
Pretty little thing, this one. I enjoy the fact that they use bulbs AND seeds AND seedlings to get their garden. And the orange page is gorgeous. Just sayin'.
Radha TheLibrarian
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this one. Although my child is more interested in planting veggies, which I am just fine with.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good books for preschoolers. I took my time with it and really asked the kids a lot of questions about the colors and had them pronounce the names of the flowers. A good book all-around.
Eliot Reads
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this colorful review of beautiful flowers.
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Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin