Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert

[This review is based on the paperback edition published by Harcourt, Inc. in 1988.]

So what’s it about?
Planting a Rainbow is a book about gardening! It walks through the stages of flowers’ life cycle, from planting bulbs and seeds in the fall to sowing them and watching the flowers grow in the spring, and from cutting the flowers to make bouquets throughout the summer to starting the process all over again in the fall.

What did we think of the book?
This is a particularly good book for beginning gardeners; it’d be perfect for a science lesson on the life cycle of a plant. For little ones like Joshua, pointing out the many colors is fun, as well as naming each type of flower and discussing its parts (stems, roots, leaves, etc.). He had a really good time learning about the flowers and how they grow, and we’re going to grow some seeds of our own in little cups to watch them go through their life cycle!

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Certainly! Planting a Rainbow may have been written when I was just a little girl, but its lesson is timeless. We’ll certainly revisit the book when Joshua gets older and really wants to get into gardening! It’s also great for emerging readers, who can use its large print to start picking up sight words! It’s a keeper!