‘Have you ever wondered where rainbows come from?’
As well as being a single working father of two children, the author, Luis Weston has somehow also managed find the time to write a book! ‘The Rainbow Gnome’ is a delightful adventure tale about a boy named Joe, who is seeking the secret of the rainbow. When rain stops play and he dreams of playing outside, the sun pops out and a rainbow appears – encouraging him to explore. Meeting a variety of characters along the way, he gathers help in arriving at the rainbow’s unexpected source.
This is a lovely ‘read out loud’ story. The repetitive structure and rhyme pattern meant that my two little bookworms were quickly joining in and making predictions about what might happen next. It is also a great discussion point for talk about the weather, colours, nature and where rainbows really come from. This would also be the perfect book to assist in encouraging children to do their own storytelling. ‘Where would they go to find a rainbow?’ ‘Who might help them on the way?’
As expected of a story about rainbows, the illustrations are beautifully colourful. The depictions of the weather highlight the mood of the main character Joe and contribute to the children’s understanding of the story.
I would recommend this story for 2-6 year olds. It would be a great little independent read for a KS1 child and I found my six year old reading along with me as I read it aloud to my nearly three year old. ‘The Rainbow Gnome’ is available to buy now from amazon. You can find out more about Luis Weston, the book and special offers and competitions over on his facebook page. Luis also blogs over at www.singledaddydaycare.com.
The author kindly sent me the book to review but all opinions are my own.