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A Rainbow of Friends

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  39 reviews
This book is for ages 3-5. Friends come in all colors and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 13th 2005 by WorthyKids (first published 1994)
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Benjamin Smith
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3 to 5 year olds? Why limit such an important message to just those children. All children can appreciate this book and the message that it spreads is so important that it should be repeatedly taught, felt and encouraged. Being inclusive is such an important part of life, and is something I have worked heavily on with my class in particular these past couple of months. Having read this book, and currently focusing on poetry, I will not hesitate to share it with my class. No matter what we look l ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read this to my first grade class who enjoyed it. They also were quick to understand the message that you can play with, or be friends with all kinds of people. No matter your skin colors, clothes, or personalities. The illustrations are colorful and cute. The text of the book has a basic rhythm and rhyme to it to make it interesting.
Katalina Townsley
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Friends come in all colors and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I read this to my four year old class and was impressed with some of the messages. Most importantly I think they could understand some of the ideas generated by the story.
Mary Alexandre
If you are looking for a simple, well illustrated book for young children that includes children of different races, abilities, interests, and needs then look no further. A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan is written with a rhyming format making it fun and easy to read as a group while the illustrations bring the words to life. Children with various skin color, wearing glasses, using a wheelchair, or choosing to have blue hair are just a few examples of the diverse nature of the characters in ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this was a book that others helped me find while I was trying to match a piece of wall art to the story it was based off. We are not quite sure that this is the title, but if it is not it should be. I can see why this book has been republished multiple times. I think it is time to do it again. Give it a new cover using the original art and reprint it again please. This book is about all walks of people. How they are different no matter the reason, that that is okay. At the very end what is re ...more
This book is perfect for children. It is a simple book that addressed the topics of diversity and differentiation. This characters within this book represent a mixture of children from different backgrounds. It allows the reader to connect by creating a broader spectrum of people within the book to connect with. A rainbow of friends does justice to the topic with its illustrations. The pictures represent difference and express the ability to get along with one another. Although not broadly state ...more
Moore, Maureen
A Rainbow of Friends is a fictional picture book targeting children ages 3 to 5. The story presents a realistic scenario about children of all walks of life; children of various ethnicity, appearances, abilities and disabilities and personalities. The story illustrates that children with disabilities and challenges still enjoy companionship & activities like non-disabled children. The story encourages children to view differences in one another as positive characteristics that makes each of us u ...more
RLL22018 Danielle Razo
I enjoyed reading this book. I think the author did an adequate job of trying to give minority groups representation. I was a bit disappointed that on every page was a child with a light complexion. Every other page featured a brown person and maybe two pages were dedicated to kids with disabilities. Despite the adequate representation of people of color, I did enjoy the message of the book. We are all different, but we are better together.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute rhyming book targeting young children. The pages are bright and colorful with illustrations of children with visible physical differences and clothing from a variety of cultures. One of the children is in a wheelchair, another has a service animal, etc. Like many children's books about diversity, the pictures on each page lend themselves to important teachable moments.
Josefina Bustos
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2203-guidance
This book is a good conversation starter for embracing others' differences. It promotes prosocial behavior and suggests that one also notice others' differences as strengths. The differences could be clothes, hair color, or skin color. Conversations about other's culture could also be invited using this book.
Jiya Felder
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
This genre would be poetry. It has nice rhythm and flow with very nice pictures. they do not focus on any race in particular more so who people are. A Rainbow of Friends is literally referring to everyone, we can all be friends no matter our abilities, our skin color, our place of origin. this is very appropriate for children to read and hear because we all need to learn to accept each other regardless of our need to categorize people and keep them in this contained image. It's very well written ...more
Hannah Groeschen
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to read when talking about diversity! The story is easy to follow and the text has a musical quality to it. The pictures are just as fantastic as the text! Each one has a variety of characters that portray different cultures, nationalities, and abilities.
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
This is a great rhyming book that talks about a rainbow of friends and what that might look like. Despite everyone's differences, there is always some way to connect with them. No matter what they wear or their interests, we should always be kind and caring.

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ATOS: 3.1
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-kids-books
Great, diverse story about friends. Really recommend for any child.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skylar
Cute book about having lots of friends!
Ossy Firstan
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book! Love the message and illustrations too
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute book that teaches about race and diversity. The pictures that go along with it are nice as well. The idea to get across is that everyone is different and you can be friends with anyone.
Luda Gogolushko
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and it had a fun rhyme book feel to it with a sweet story element to it with great inclusion aspects and diversity in friends that didn’t feel forced.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-kinder
Cute book about friendships, love and peoples differences!
Natalie Ransom
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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A rainbow of friends is a book about friends and how they can come together despite their differences. This is a great cultural book to add to your library if you are looking for something new and encouraging.
Kelsey Vayens
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This children's fiction book discusses the topic of friendship and diversity. The author/illustrator, P.K. Hallinan, provides a story that encourages harmony from all different types of people. Friends are different in many different ways, and being different should be celebrated because it is what makes us special and unique. (ex. "all friends are special and add in some way to the richness of life-how we think, what we say", "each friend is given a share of our hearts, so no one feels differen ...more
Amanda Boschee
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Rainbow of Friends by P.K Hallinan is a story that embraces everyones differences. This picture book brings together everyones differences wether they are appearances, talents, or hobbies. This story encourages and shares the many benefits that comes from being different than one another and how we as a society accomplish the most when we bring together and work with all our differences.

This book uses a lot of colors and pictures that cover the whole page. It has drawings of children with all
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
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, disabil
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
Friends come in all different colors and sizes. The friends that people find have many different traits and qualities about them and we are to welcome people who are different than us with open arms. Remember people's feelings and think about what you say because anything hurtful can get in the way.

This book teaches children and reinforces the idea that you need to treat people the same way you would want to be treated. Teaching students to accept peers of different race, religion, and ability i
Jess Standiford
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is great to read at the beginning of the school year to promote community and create a caring classroom environment. It highlights differences among us and has a really nice metaphor. The title, "A Rainbow of Friends", refers to the fact that we are all different and unique (like the different colors of a rainbow), and the classroom (or rainbow as a metaphor) would not be complete without each and every child, just like the rainbow would not be complete without each color. It promotes ...more
Ann Ferber
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural, ideas
This cool thing about this book is that it has pictures of kids that look different from one another. However, the text talks about differences such as "funny or serious," and "outgoing or quiet." The writer purposely had the differences be about who we are as people on the inside and not even mentioning what we look like on the outside. This is a great book, because kids can learn that yes we are all different but we also are so similar. This would be a great book to read when you were teaching ...more
Adrian Stephens
This book lets students know that friends come in all colors and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special.
So what?
I would use this in a K-2nd grade class, because students are making friends and understand each other.
Now what?
I would pair students together and ask them to point out the differences in each other but also similarities.
Hana Sm.
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A nonfiction poetry book that talks about the traits of friends. I especially like these lines on page 8: "A friend may be challenged in movement or speech. 9 A friend may be distant or difficult to read. 10 Still, each friend is given a share of our hearts, so no one feels different, unloved, or apart."
Children can think about their favorite friend or friends and spend time journaling about the things that they like about them.
Kristina Bulluck
This book is great because it shows that friends come in different shapes, colors, sizes, backgrounds and much more! Even from having braces to the way that people dress and what they do with their families. I loved loved loved this book.

LE: I would have the children to draw a picture of them and their family doing what they like to do with their families.
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P.K. Hallinan is the author and illustrator of more than 80 children's books, with over 7,500,000 copies sold worldwide. P.K. first began writing and illustrating 35 years ago when his wife asked him to create a picture book as a Christmas gift for their two young sons.

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