Saturday, March 8, 2014

Children's Book Review: A Rainbow of Birds by Janet Halffman, Illus. by Jack Foster

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And now a  new children's book from one of our favorite authors!

A Rainbow of Birds cover


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. It’s a tale of fun and squabbles and magic!


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:

A Rainbow of Birds sample page

Miss Grace and I read together, as some words were above her level. It is aimed at ages 3-8, and I would say it's to be read to for 3-5, assist 6 and 7, and read by self for age 8. 

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!

About the Author:
Janet Halfmann ( is an award-winning children's author who strives to make her books come alive for young readers and listeners. Many of her picture books are about animals and nature. She also writes picture book biographies about little-known people of achievement.

Before becoming a children's author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of four. When Janet isn't writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, WI
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About the Illustrator:

Jack spent years as a political cartoonist for several Illinois newspapers, but has found his comfort zone and joy in children's book illustration. He has done illustrations for Guardian Angel Kid's Magazine and Stories for Children Magazine. He is a member of SCBWI. Jack lives in Lisle, Illinois, with his wife, Aleithia, who he married in 2005. He has five grown children and six grandchildren. Visit him online at his blog:  


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm so happy your daughter liked the book and was amused by the birds, to whom the illustrator Jack Foster gave such engaging personalities. Have fun doing the rainbow activities. Happy Reading and Happy Spring to All!

    1. Thanks for stopping in Janet- we always adore your books!


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