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Dora's Rainbow Egg Hunt (Dora the Explorer) by Kirsten Larsen, Steven Savitsky. (2006 - Baby-Preschool)
Dora and Boots are going on a special egg hunt: they need to find one egg for each color of the rainbow. If they find all of them, they'll get a suprise! Help Dora and Boots find the eggs by peeking under the flaps!

Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Turn the graduated pages of this unique shaped book to help Duckie find her way home — and you’ll marvel at the dazzling rainbow that appears when she gets there. Duckie is in a hurry to get home. She walks through a red poppy field, hops under an orange bridge, waddles around a yellow cornfield, rushes past a big green tree, and paddles across a deep blue pond. By the time she reaches her nest, purple clouds have begun to rain...

How the Sky's Housekeeper Wore Her Scarves by Patricia Hooper and Susan L. Roth. (1995 - Ages 4-8)
When the sky's housekeeper neglects her duties, only a whirlwind bout of spring cleaning will restore order to the sun, moon, stars, comets and planets. The situation is so urgent that she must go out during a downpour; so that she will later find her way home, she marks her path by draping her colorful scarves across the lackluster sky, and the first rainbow is created.

If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow by Cooper Edens. (2002 - Ages 4-8)
"If tomorrow morning the sky falls...have clouds for breakfast. If you have butterflies in your stomach...ask them into your heart." Such are the unconventional solutions offered to life’s problems in this book. The magical words and pictures illustrate the universal emotions of fear, doubt, joy, and loss, and reveal the unexpected silver linings to be found in any cloud. This whimsical book proves that it’s possible to face obstacles with a positive attitude.

Imagine a Rainbow: A Child's Guide for Soothing Pain by S. Brenda and Nicole Wong. (2006)
Through a series of beautiful illustrations that engage all of the senses, each accompanied by a verse couplet, this book asks the child to imagine several things to cope with pain. Some are calming, some are delighting, some are empowering, some are inspirational. As a group they are intended to introduce the child to the skill of using imagery to refocus the mind away from pain.

Magic School Bus Makes A Rainbow (The): A Book About Color (Magic School Bus) (TV Tie-In) by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degan, Carolyn Braken. (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Ms. Frizzle does it again! With her remarkable bus, silly wardrobe, and bag of tricks, she teaches the gang alot about light. This time she teaches using an amazing laser-powered pinball machine. The kids can't wait to play—it is pinball after all—but the problem is that Mr. Rule (the principal) is about to take the game away if they can't `win' a game.

Rainbow Bird: An Aboriginal Folktale from Northern Australia by Eric Maddern and Adrienne Kennaway. (1993 - Ages 4-8)
"Long ago in the Time of Dreams when the world was being born," Fire belonged only to rough, tough Crocodile Man. He guarded his possession jealously and when the other animals complained and begged him to share it, he just laughed and growled, "'I'm boss for Fire!'" Bird Woman felt sorry for all those, including herself, who lacked light and warmth. She watched and waited patiently until Crocodile Man opened his jaws to yawn...and then...

Rainbow Crow (Dragonfly Books) by Nancy Van Laan. (1991 - Ages 4-8)
This story of how the Rainbow Crow lost his sweet voice and brilliant colors by bringing the gift of fire to the other woodland animals is "a Native American legend that will be a fine read-aloud because of the smooth text and songs with repetitive chants. The illustrations, done in a primitive style, create a true sense of the Pennsylvania Lenape Indians and their winters.

Rainbow Fish (The) by Marcus Pfister. (2004 - Baby-Preschool)
If you read this very popular book just before bed, and the light is still on in the hallway, you can make the rainbow scales glitter on the page, and realize why the Rainbow Fish was so proud of his beautiful decoration. Sometimes, though, being too proud of outside beauty can blind a fish, or a child (or even, heaven forbid, a parent) to the beauty people hold inside. That's the lesson of this simple tale, imported from Switzerland.

Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale by Marcus Pfister. (1999 - Ages 4-8)
Rainbow Fish must make peace with a big blue whale when a misunderstanding threatens him and his friends in this board-book edition of the third title in the best-selling series. Here is a perfect introduction for children ages one to three to the glittering Rainbow Fish and a simple first lesson in the dangers of jumping to conclusions.

Rainbow Fish Opposites by Marcus Pfister. (2005 - Baby-Preschool)
Up/down, in/out, over/under, big/little, long/short. This glittering board book, filled with colorful images from Rainbow Fish's undersea world, is the perfect introduction for very young children to the concept of opposites. The book ends with the most satisfying opposite of all give/take, showing Rainbow Fish sharing one of this shining scales with a grateful friend.

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! by Marcus Pfister. (2001 - Ages 4-8)
You won't want to miss this mini book edition and audio tape of his second exciting adventure in which Rainbow Fish must risk losing his new friends--and maybe even his life--to save a lonely stranger. ?Children will be enchanted by the glittering holographic foil-stamped illustrations as they listen to the spirited reading by Blair Brown, the multi-talented star of stage, screen, and television.

Rainbow Goblins (The) by Ul De Rico. (1994 - Ages 4-8)
After seven goblins try to steal it, the Rainbow is careful never again to touch the earth.

Rainbow of Friends (A) by P.K. Hallinan. (2006 - Ages 4-8)
With brilliantly-colored marker illustrations demonstrates the timeless lesson of acceptance of others. This heartwarming book explains that each person is unique and adds immensely to the lives of others. Hallinan's verses encourage children to respect the disabled to help those in trouble and to reach out to the people around them.

Rainbow of My Own (A) by Don Freeman. (1978 - Ages 4-8)
Another of Don Freeman's classics, this book will delight young listeners and readers. The text is easily understood and the words flow well. The pictures seem to be water color, and the shades suit the story perfectly. Charming book that brings a smile!

Rainbow Magic #2: Amber The Orange Fairy: Amber The Orange Fairy (Rainbow Magic) by Daisy Meadows. (2005 - Ages 4-8)
When Rachel and Kirsty arrive at Rainspell Island for vacation, they have no idea what kind of magical adventure awaits! The seven Rainbow Fairies have been banished from Fairyland by the wicked Jack Frost. If they don't return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be colorless and gray. The girls have already found one Rainbow Fairy, but now Amber the Orange Fairy is trapped in a seashell! Can they rescue her, too?

Books in this series by Daisy Meadows. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
Rainbow Magic #3: Sunny The Yellow Fairy: Sunny The Yellow Fairy (Rainbow Magic)
Rainbow Magic #4: Fern The Green Fairy: Fern The Green Fairy (Rainbow Magic)
Rainbow Magic #5: Sky The Blue Fairy (Rainbow Magic)
Collection: Books #1-4 (Rainbow Magic)

Rainbow People (The) by Laurence Yep. (1992 - Ages 9-12)
Culled from 69 stories collected in a [1930s] WPA project, [these 20] tales are organized into sections with themes like 'Tricksters' or 'Virtues and Vices,' each with a thoughtful introduction placing the individual stories in the context of feelings and background of the original tellers. Yep's telling is vigorous, often poetic, imbued with earthy humor and realism touched with fatalism.

Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot o' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky and Dan Andreasen. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Following a year of fun in Dublin, Finn O'Finnegan, who "looked like a rogue and walked like a rascal," plans to recharge by loafing around his mother's cottage in Dingle. But his plan hits a snag when Finn learns that cobbler leprechauns have been keeping the whole town up at night with all their "infernal tapping," as they craft footwear for the local fairies. Finn insults the leprechauns' style and craftsmanship, inciting their anger...

What Makes a Rainbow?: Pop-Up by Betty Ann Schwartz and Dona Turner. (2000 - Ages 4-8)
A rainbow of ribbons magically appear when you open the pages of this innovative book! Toddlers will love listening to the charming story and seeing a different colored ribbon with the turn of each page. The last page is sure to delight with all the colors of the rainbow. What a fun way to learn colors!

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Online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to find more stories / information.
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Short descriptions included for your convenience and to save you research time.

"The Rainbow Book of Fairy Tales for Four-Year-Olds" from The Baldwin Project.

"The maker of rainbows, and other fairy tales and fables" from Internet Archive.

How Rainbows Work from How Stuff Works.

Rainbow Legends, includes "The Pot O' Gold and the Leprechaun" (Ireland), "The Rainbow Maiden" (Hawaii), "The Legend of Rainbow Path" (Iroquois Nation), "At the Rainbow's End" (Navajo Nation), "Coyote Brings Fire" (Karok Native American Indians), " a Cree Legend, "Legend of the Beautiful Rainbow Bridge" (Guam), "Legend of the First Rainbow" (Philippines), "The Rainbow" (Arawak Indians), "The Rainbow" (Africa). Also includes legends from around the world.

Indigo - Color of the Midnight Sky, includes information about how rainbows are formed, the meanings of the different colors in a rainbos, and "Rainbow Bridge."

"How the Rainbow Was Made" from Michigan as retold by S.W. Schlosser, full text version from American Folklore.

"Rainbow Crow" from the Lenni Lenape Tribe as retold by S.E. Schlosser, full text version from American Folklore.

Spring Weather, activity book about rainbows by Carolyn Buhai Haas from Early Childhood Education Journal.

"The Legend of Slappy Hooper," an American Tall Tale told by Aaron Shepard.

"The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow" by Marilyn A. Kinsella. A puppet play with five puppets.

Myths and Legends about Rainbows.

"The Rainbow Maiden" (Hawaii). Full text.

Questions about rainbows answered.

Rainbow Legends: Discovering Rainbows—Legends and Quotes.

"The Legend of Rainbow Path" (Ojibwa Legend) from First People—The Legends.

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Advice, Discussion and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
(excerpts from Storytell posts plus original research)

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1) Query: I would like to find some stories for older groups, 12 and up, on Rainbows.
John 7/27/07


a) The Anishinabe (you may have heard the names of Ojibway or Chippewa & Odawa or Ottawa) tales about Nanabazhoo have him sitting among the white flowers, painting them, when some birds come along & get in his paints, spilling it & carrying it up into the sky where they dribbled the three primary colors of red, yellow, & blue, which dripped down in an arc as the colors blended together forming our rainbow.
Simon Otto has several excellent books & a version of this is in his Walk In Peace: Legends and Stories of the Michigan Indians.
LoiS 7/28/07

b) I did find this website with the words and a musical accompanyment just in case you want to link it to yours:
Nice melody too, by the way.
John 7/27/07

2) An American Indian Legend - Nation Unknown
Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.

GREEN said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."

YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."

ORANGE started next to blow her trumpet: "I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and pawpaws. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."

RED could stand it no longer. He shouted out: "I am the ruler of all of you - I am blood - life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy."

PURPLE rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me - they listen and obey."

Finally, INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."

And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening - thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak: "You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The rain continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow."

And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.

3) The Rainbow People (spirit of acceptance of diversity)
[Teaches how to deal with prejudice.]

Greens live at bottom of hill. Live in green houses, drive green cars, wear green clothes, believe everthing good is green.Teach children song: "Green is good, blue is bad, green is happy, blue is sad."

Blues live at top of hill. Blues live in blue houses, wear blue clothes, drive blue cars, think everything good is blue. Blues teach their children: "Blue is good, green is bad, blue is happy, green is sad."

Green boy walks with green father, sees blue boy fall and get hurt. Green boy wants to help, father says "no," didn't your mother and I teach you "Green is good and blue is bad. Never let a blue touch you." and they walked away.

Green boy walking dog, falls, gets hurt, can't get home. Same blue boy finds him, helps him home, makes a crutch, tears shirt and puts blue strips to hold splint. Green father hears about it later, screams at green boy for letting a blue touch him.

When green boy heals he goes up mountain to find blue boy.Knocks on doors, gets doors slammed, get spit on, gets called names, but he keeps knocking. Finds the blue boy but he's wearing a blue and green shirt.

"Aren't you afraid of what people will say?"
"No, ever since I touched you, it touched me. "

They grow up and are friends, get their children together when they have families of their own. Visit the purples, and yellows, and oranges. Teach their kids the song, "Green is good and blue is, too, Yellow Purple Orange too. Now all children can be glad, there's no color that is bad."

What do they call themselves now? The Rainbow People.

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Created 2004; last update 6/11/09

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