LOIS EHLERT has created many celebrated picture books inspired by the world around her. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In a companion to Growing Vegetable Soup, Lois Ehlert's signature stylized shapes and flat, bright colors bring forth a bountiful garden in Planting a Rainbow. Die-cut pages featuring one color per spread play up this celebration of seeds sprouting into an array of blossoms that boast the colors of the rainbow. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 1 Planting a Rainbow , a companion to Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup (HBJ, 1987), is a dazzling celebration of the colorful variety in a flower garden and the cyclical excitement of gardening. A young child relates in ten simple sentences the yearly cycle and process of planning, planting, and picking flowers in a garden. Mother and child plant bulbs in fall, order seeds from catalogs in winter, eagerly anticipate the first shoots of spring, select seedlings in summer, ``and watch the rainbow grow,'' reveling in the opulence of color. The power of this book lies in the glowing brilliance and bold abstraction of the double-page collages. Ehlert combines simple, stylized shapes of flat, high intensity color into abstract yet readily identifiable images of plants and flowers while clearly and colorfully labeling each plant on an adjacent garden marker. Children will especially delight in the six pages of varying width depicting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow. A celebration of the garden, the power of shape and color, and the harmony of text and image in a picture book. Pamela Miller Ness, The Fenn School, Concord, Mass.
The stylized representations of flower species are labeled throughout, allowing young children to get an idea of how each flower type contributes to the rainbow effect.--BooklistA splendid beginning book of colors and flowers cleverly arranged for young readers.--The Horn Book Young readers will love watching the garden grow.--San Francisco Chronicle A dazzling celebration . . . of the garden, the power of shape and color, and the harmony of text and image.--School Library Journal