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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Janet Halfmann's "A Rainbow of Birds," Illustrated by Jack Foster



fur and feathersTo begin with, I loved Janet Halfmann’s Fur and Feathers! So right away you know I’m already smitten. Her new book, A Rainbow of Birds, with artwork by Jack Foster, is a sweet story about the creation of one of nature’s miracles, the rainbow. Or a bird folktale about how the birds gave the world the rainbow.



After a rain, Papa Cardinal regales his chicks with this lovely tale, ascribing the colors of the rainbow to a colorful array of birds. Red Cardinals form the first color. Robins with their Orange breasts are next. Sweet Yellow Warblers line up next. Squawking Green Parrots are followed by raucous Blue Jays.  Deep Indigo Blue Buntings come next, with royal Purple Martins the last bird “color” in the rainbow. The chicks are delighted with Papa’s tale and wish they’d been there long ago to see the magical rainbow of bird colors. Papa Cardinal says they can still see it. As the sun peeks out again the chicks see:


about 

A rainbow of Red, Orange,Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet

shimmered across the afternoon sky.

Papa and the chicks joined the chorus of bird song,

once again filling the air with a Bird-tastic cheer!




This cute fable is boldly – shall I say “colorfully” – illustrated by Jack Foster. His whimsical cartoon style will have the kiddies giggling and cheering along with the chicks at the beautiful rainbow colors. Mr. Foster has illustrated award-winning books for Guardian Angel Publishing, and for online magazines, Stories for Children and Guardian Angel Kids. You can see more of Jack Foster’s work and leave him a comment at: www.jacktoon.blogspot.com

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Ms. Halfmann has included information at the end of the story about how rainbows occur after rain-showers, rainbow facts and stories, how to make an outdoor and an indoor rainbow, how to make a rainbow book, and a hanging rainbow. These fun activities will be enjoyed by kids and appreciated by parents and grandparents on rainy days. Teachers can use this book in cross curriculum units on weather, the water cycle, nature, and  art activities. Ms. Halfmannn is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who strives to make her books come alive for children. Many of her picture books are about animals and nature. She also writes picture book biographies about little-known people of achievement. Visit Janet Halfmann at:  http://www.janethalfmann.com.


Available from:  http://guardianangelpublishing.com/rainbow-birds.htm

Amazon.com, B&N.com and other quality on line book sellers.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review of my book, and for the shout-out for Fur and Feathers. Happy Reading to All!

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    1. Hi Janet, Yes, I had to get my very own copy of "Fur and Feathers!" I thought it was a perfect book. Wishing you much success with this colorful new one.

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  2. I love Jack's illustrations and what a cute picture book idea. ;)

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    1. Hi Margo, yes, it is a cute picture book idea. I just received my own copy of "Fur and Feathers" in the mail, and it is such a delight. I'm a fan and wish her much success with this new book, too.

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    2. Thanks, Margo. I think Jack gave the birds so much personality! I chuckle every time I read the story.

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  3. Congratulations, Janet! What a delightful book, full of beautifully illustrated pages to enhance your lovely words and ideas. As educator as well as author, I love that you include information at the end about rainbows too.
    Another great review, Penelope!

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for your support and comments! Wishing Janet much success with this new one and all her books.

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    2. Thanks so much for your kind words, Barbara! It was lots of fun trying out all the activities as I wrote them. I get excited every time I see a rainbow as I water the garden!

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  4. Janet, I have already added this review of your delightful story to my Book Reviews (kids to YA) on Pinterest.

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    1. Hi Margot, Thanks for all your support and help! Always appreciate what you do for all of us!

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    2. Margot, thanks so much for your lovely comments about my story and for adding the review to Pinterest. I appreciate it so much.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the great review, Penny. Janet, that is a wonderful idea for a story and sounds fun. I always enjoy Jack's illustrations too.

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks for your support and comments. Wishing Janet continued success!

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  6. Thanks so much for your kind words, Connie. I can't wait to see the first rainbow of this spring—and listen to the birds singing about it!

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