The Last Rainbow Bird

The Last Rainbow Bird
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Polly Lawson
Publisher Name
Floris Books
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Release Date
September 06, 2022
Two children search for a unique endangered bird in this vibrant, hopeful story which joyfully celebrates difference.
Unless Jo and Alex can find the last Rainbow Bird, its species will become extinct. Journeying by riverboat through a spectacular forest, the children find many extraordinary birds – elegant Underwater Birds, glowing Lamp Birds and excitable Big-to-Little Birds – but will they find the last Rainbow Bird?

The singularly fabulous world of the Rainbow Bird, created by award-winning author-illustrator Nora Brech, is a riot of color, imagination, and wonder. Children will love the heartfelt and humorous story that gently conveys an important conservation message.

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whimsical picture book about endangered species
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THE LAST RAINBOW BIRD is a charming picture book about endangered birds. Jo and Alex hear the professor crying, and when they go to learn why, they find out that he has one rainbow bird and cannot find the other to help them mate and live happily together. Jo and Alex set out to help, asking imaginative birds along the way. Eventually, they find the last rainbow bird and bring them back to the professor and the other rainbow bird for them to live happily together.

What I loved: This is a really imaginative and whimsical story about endangered species. The birds imagined throughout are quite unique, such as the house birds, lamp birds, and water birds. The images are quite lush and creative with plenty of colors that bring these creative species to life. The story is relatively simple and features a unique journey to locate a particularly special bird, and it will work well for a wide range of ages.

Final verdict: THE LAST RAINBOW BIRD is a whimsical picture book about endangered species and a need to protect them.
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