The book I chose for this week, I have to say, is one that I didn't choose. My now four-year old son chose it. Not because he said, "Mommy, this is the book you should include this week," but because since he received it for his birthday, just last week, he hasn't put it down. Both his older sister and brother have read it to him, and I read it to him three times yesterday afternoon. He loves it, and to me that is the sign of a perfect picture book.
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Written by: Betty Schwartz
Illustrated by: Dona Turner
Published by Piggy Toes Press, 2003
Suitable for: 12 months to any older sibling who can read to a younger one.
Theme/Topics: Rainbows, colors, field animals and insects
Overview/Synopsis: From the first page: Little Rabbit and his mother were sitting under a big, red flower petal. "Look!" said Little Rabbit. "It stopped raining." "Yes," said Mama Rabbit. "Soon we'll see a rainbow." The story continues to follow Little Rabbit's search for the colors of the rainbow, all with the help of animals and insects in the forest.
Activities: Look for rainbows (I always do with my kids after a storm). Have children arrange the colors of a rainbow, and then rearrange them. What do they like/dislike about it?
Why I chose this book: I chose it because there is something so simple, beautiful, and appealing about it that my son constantly wants it read to him. That's worth sharing with others.