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Book Review/Giveaway: A Rainbow of Birds. Ends April 19th

A Rainbow od Birds


A Rainbow of Birds by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Jack Foster

About the Book: 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! Suggested age range for readers: 3-8


My Review: Have you ever wondered about the rainbow in the sky, or how does the colors of the rainbow stay up high in the sky? Well, a rainbow of birds by author Janet Halfmann gives an insight.

While waiting for the summer rain to stop, Papa Cardinal tells his chicks a story about how birds get livelier after the summer rain and soar high in the sky. He went on to say how the cardinals flew from one end of the sky to the other, forming a band of beautiful bright red. Next in line are the robins with their orange breast, the yellow warblers, the parrots, the blue jays, the indigo buntings and the purple martins all lined up to form the rainbow of birds. The chicks were so excited to see the magic in the sky as the sun peek out of the sky.

This is a well written story by the author Janet Halfmann with bold vibrant color illustrations by Jack Foster. At the end of the story, Janet Halfmann included the rainbow facts and fun, the rainbow’s name, rainbow stories, how to make a rainbow outdoors/indoors and many more. I love that the book is full of fun and imagination for kids. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.


Pages: 20


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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Winners are #5 – jct6878 and #16 – breenibooks 


March 29, 2014 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. Love the cover and the rainbow. We have had a few bird nests in our yard and the kids have been excited because we have been able to see the birds hatch and then fly away. Very precious to see and share. This book is something that my daughter could read to her brother. I enjoyed your review Ella, it brings the book alive.

    Comment by your1chef | March 29, 2014 | Reply

    • Wow, that’s such a great experience to be able to see the birds hatch. I’m always hoping a bird will lay its eggs where we can watch them. Happy Reading to All!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 30, 2014 | Reply

  2. How interesting to have the legend about rainbows told from the birds’ point of view! This is a clever way to get children interested in reading the book. The cover is bright and colorful, too!

    Comment by Janice M. | March 30, 2014 | Reply

    • Janice, thanks so much for the nice comments. At the time I wrote the book, I was doing a lot of research about birds and legends for other projects, and this book grew out of that, plus a host of lively birds right after a rain.

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 30, 2014 | Reply

  3. Right now we have a Bald Eagle on the other side of town who laid three eggs in her nest. One was hatched on Friday and another one is due to hatch tomorrow. I’ve been watching it on the webcam that are news channel has up. It’s really interesting. She is so gentle with the new baby and with the other two eggs. I hope they all survive. My grandson is becoming more interested in birds. I know he would love this story. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Comment by Carol M | March 30, 2014 | Reply

    • That would be so much fun watching the eagles! Hope all the babies do fine. Thanks for commenting!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 30, 2014 | Reply

  4. Your book sounds like a good one.

    Comment by janetanncollins | March 30, 2014 | Reply

  5. This sounds like the perfect book for my 2 girls – ages 3 & 4! And what a cute story line. Love the bright colors too!

    Comment by jct6878 | March 30, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks for your lovely comments. It was fun picking out the bird for each color when writing the book!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 30, 2014 | Reply

  6. We (the grandkids & I) have loved every Janet Halfmann book we’ve read, and we have several in our home library. Having the different types of birds form the different colors of the rainbow is an interesting bird fable.
    We had morning doves lay eggs in our bedroom window boxes – their cooing is very loud when it is just feet from where you are sleeping.

    Comment by tmy56 | March 30, 2014 | Reply

    • Your comment sure made my day! It give me goosebumps to think kids (and adults) are having fun reading my books! I love morning doves, but I must say I would hope they wouldn’t lay their eggs too close to our bedroom window. We actually often have to close our bedroom window in the morning because birds love to sing in the nearby pine tree.

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 30, 2014 | Reply

  7. Sounds like a nice story! I used to love to read to my children when they were smaller!

    Comment by Valerie Gray (@valmg) | March 30, 2014 | Reply

    • Me, too, Valerie. It was the favorite part of my day! And I’m so thankful they all grew up to be readers!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  8. Janet’s intriguing writing style and Jack Foster’s illustrations make for a delightful story to be shared over and over again. Congratulations to you both!

    Comment by donnamcdine | March 31, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks so much, Donna. Jack gave the birds such fun personalities!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  9. Right now, it’s springtime. We’re looking for rainbows. Based only on the review above and the illustration, it makes me miss rainbows. Maybe it’s just me, but when I see the birds at the end of an arc on their way down, it reminds me of Angry Birds. I’m almost looking for the piggies and the wood blocks to demolish.

    Comment by jmcgarryxx | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  10. My Daughter in law just hosted her annual rainbow party. I would have loved to have gifted her this book. I resonate with the idea of a rainbow made of flights of bright colored birds. And I always love Jack Foster’s illustrations. Thanks for the wonderfully evocative review.

    Comment by sueberger3 | March 31, 2014 | Reply

    • An annual rainbow party. What a fun idea! Thanks for the lovely comments, Sue.

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  11. Oh my, my daughter would love this! She is so intrigued with rainbows. I love the bright colors and storyline for my 4 yr old. We are making a rainbow cake as I write this!

    Comment by Holly | April 4, 2014 | Reply

  12. A rainbow cake! What a fun idea! Thanks for your nice comments about the book, and Happy Reading!

    Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 4, 2014 | Reply

  13. I’m excited to read Janet’s new book! The vibrant colors and interesting story will make for a great picture book!

    Comment by Sabrina spets | April 8, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for the nice comments, Sabrina. Happy Reading!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 8, 2014 | Reply

  14. Awww I love to hear tales of how things are made. I’m curious how the birds helped the rainbow.

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | April 9, 2014 | Reply

    • It’s an original legend, so I (and the birds) could have lots of fun with the story. Happy Reading!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 11, 2014 | Reply

  15. Love the bright colors! This looks so adorable!

    Comment by lisa | April 11, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for your nice comments, Lisa!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 13, 2014 | Reply

  16. Janet Halfmann is by far one of my favorite children’s book authors. My little one loves birds. Looks like another winner!

    Comment by breenibooks | April 13, 2014 | Reply

    • Hope the birds in this book make your little one happy! Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 14, 2014 | Reply

  17. Janet Halfmann is one of my grandson’s favorite authors as we have read several of her books. What a lovely story for this time of year about the rainbows. I know that my grandson would enjoy the story of how the birds form the rainbows.

    Comment by Christine Womack | April 18, 2014 | Reply

    • Christine, thanks so much for your nice comments. So happy that your grandson likes books so much!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 18, 2014 | Reply

  18. I love all the books I have read of Janet’s, cannot wait to read this one to the children I take care off. What child doesn’t like birds and rainbows?

    Comment by Chris Turley | April 19, 2014 | Reply

    • Chris, thanks so much for your support all of the time. You’re right. Birds and rainbows—favorites all around!

      Comment by Janet Halfmann | April 19, 2014 | Reply

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