The Hidden Rainbow

HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062393418.
K-Gr 2–Told in rhyming couplets, this engaging concept book shows young children how people and bees can benefit each other. The seven colors of the rainbow are introduced as youngsters search for up to ten bees hidden in the cheerful, brightly-colored illustrations. “First, please brush the snow off the budding camellia trees,” “point to the crocus shoots,” and “blow a kiss to the lovely lilac trees” are instructions for readers. Trees, flowers, and shrubs are labeled throughout the book as a simple beginner plant identification guide. At one point, the story stops for a shower: “The bees don’t like the rain, but it’s important for the flowers.” The book concludes with a brief informational section about bees and their activities.
VERDICT Use this title with Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow and Jorey Hurley’s Beehive for a charming and interactive story hour.

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