Rainbows in Bloom: Discovering Colors with Flowers by Darroch Putnam & Michael Putnam. Phaidon, 2021. 9781838662981
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Format: Board Book
What did you like about the book? I love this new board book about colors! Not only do the gorgeous spreads of flowers show the primary colors, but the authors ask kids to observe what they see between two colors: between red and orange, orange and yellow, etc. Each double gatefold spread is a four-page composition of flowers, insects, fruits, and little plastic items, such as a purple barrette, a turquoise octopus, an orange crab. These little additions add whimsy and visual appeal, as readers can search for so many different classes of things – by color, by species, by food, by flower. Flower-loving families can begin to know what their favorites are, as many are named. The questions on each spread have open-ended answer possibilities, so readers can enjoy new ways of answering and seeing.
Phaidon’s usual high quality finishing has gone into this board book. It is sturdy and little hands will enjoy turning all of the folds. Even the fore edges form a pretty rainbow.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For 2-5 year olds and their flower loving care givers.
Who should buy this book? It’s a lovely addition to board book collections in libraries and day care centers.
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you select board books for your library, then yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 30, 2021