The Hidden Rainbow
One little bee peeks out on a world of gray and snow.
She’s looking for bright colors and needs you to help them grow.
Bees need a healthy and colorful garden to survive. Luckily, all the colors of the rainbow are hidden in this garden—but the bees need the reader’s help to find them. Brush off the camellia tree, tickle the tulips, and even blow a kiss to the lilac tree. With every action and turn of the page, a flower blooms and more bees are drawn to the feast.
Christie Matheson is a master at creating simple picture books that encourage children to engage with the natural world. In The Hidden Rainbow, she introduces the colors of the rainbow, counting, and the basic ecosystem and vocabulary of a garden. Beautiful collage-and-watercolor art captures all the bold colors of a garden throughout the seasons, and the interactive text will captivate young readers at every story time.
What I loved: I am always on the lookout for books that can teach the basics, including counting and colors, and the length of this one is perfect for older toddlers and preschoolers to bring these concepts back to mind in older children. The interactive nature of the book also makes this a really fun read for children, alone or in the classroom, as they "help" with nature and the bees. The book also manages to teach little facts about different plants here and there as well as convey the importance of bees to nature.
This is really just a delightful book, both to read aloud and for children to hear. The text is also large and easy to read at a distance, making this great to read to groups of children as well as one-on-one.
Final verdict: With learning and interactive experiences, THE HIDDEN RAINBOW is a fantastic picture book that combines counting, colors, and lessons about bees. Highly recommend for older toddlers and preschoolers.