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The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow
     

The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow

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by Sean Callahan, Nancy Cote
 

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It’s raining, and Colleen is sad. How can her grandfather play his bagpipes in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? His music is so beautiful it makes people laugh and cry at once. Suddenly, a leprechaun appears before her. He says he can make the sun come out by creating a rainbow—but to build its colors, Colleen must give up the thing she holds most dear.

Overview

It’s raining, and Colleen is sad. How can her grandfather play his bagpipes in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? His music is so beautiful it makes people laugh and cry at once. Suddenly, a leprechaun appears before her. He says he can make the sun come out by creating a rainbow—but to build its colors, Colleen must give up the thing she holds most dear.  Sean Callahan’s sweet, surprising story is complemented by Nancy Cote’s bright paintings. A note at the end explains the science of rainbows and the Roy G. Biv naming tradition.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
All that adults tend to remember about rainbows is that a pot of gold is hidden at the end of each one and that "Roy G. Biv" is the acronym for the first letters of the colors in the order they appear. Callanan has created a charming story out of these elements and blended in good moral as well. Colleen wants to be sure her dear grandfather's St. Patrick's day bagpipe performance will not be spoiled by the rain. As she plays her penny whistle and worries, Mr. Roy G. Biv, a leprechaun, appears and asks her to help him restore his lost rainbow by tossing items she treasures into his top hat: her red licorice stick, her orange basketball, her yellow umbrella and—to fill in the space left in the middle of the arc—her treasured green penny whistle. The sacrifice is hard, but in the end Colleen not only sees her grandfather happy but learns that when we are willing to give of ourselves, the reward is worth more than gold. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—As her grandfather heads out to play his bagpipes in the St. Patrick's Day parade, Colleen worries that the rain will keep people away. While she waits on her front stoop, along comes a leprechaun who has lost his rainbow along with his pot of gold. He needs Colleen's help to make a new one and requests that she part with several different possessions, including a prized green pennywhistle, a gift from her grandfather. Colleen is loath to give it up, but Roy G. Biv promises a sunny day in return. The slight story sometimes gets bogged down in wordy prose, but youngsters might enjoy guessing which item Colleen will be asked to give up next. The whimsical cartoonlike illustrations have action and detail. The book concludes with an explanation of rainbows and the use of "Roy G. Biv" as a mnemonic device. Additional.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Colleen's grandfather is set to play the bagpipes in the St. Patrick's Day parade, but rain threatens to bring an abrupt end to his performance. Enter Roy G. Biv, a leprechaun who has lost his pot of gold. Roy explains to Colleen that if she helps him find it by making a rainbow, the sun will come out and the parade will be saved. Colleen readily gives the leprechaun an item of each color his rainbow requires, hesitating only about the green penny whistle given to her by her grandfather. Finally, she gives this up as well and is rewarded by a rainbow, a happy grandfather and a new flute. While the prose is a little clunky in places, the fantastical story and Cote's bright, cheery illustrations will keep kids interested. With the focus on leprechauns, bagpipes and parades, this one is sure to be popular around St. Paddy's Day, for which there is a relative dearth of stories. An endnote discusses rainbows and the use of Roy G. Biv as a handy tool for remembering a rainbow's individual colors. (Picture book. 5-8)
From the Publisher

"Colleen's grandfather is set to play the bagpipes in the St. Patrick's Day parade, but rain threatens... Enter Roy G. Biv, a leprechaun who has lost his pot of gold. Roy explains to Colleen that if she helps him find it by making a rainbow, the sun will come out and the parade will be saved... the fantastical story and Cote's bright, cheery illustrations will keep kids interested... this one is sure to be popular around St. Paddy's Day..." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480485426
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,016,568
File size:
16 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Callahan has written five books for children. He works a day job as a business reporter. He also was the founding editor of Masters Athlete magazine. Before that he was a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His freelance journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon.com, and Notre Dame Magazine. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. Nancy Cote has many fond memories of St. Patrick’s Day. She wore every shade of green imaginable and always hoped she’d find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Today she considers her family her pot of gold and feels like the luckiest person in the world because she can write and illustrate children’s books. Nancy is the illustrator of The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes and Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah
Sean Callahan has written five books for children. He works a day job as a business reporter. He also was the founding editor of Masters Athlete magazine. Before that he was a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His freelance journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon.com, and Notre Dame Magazine. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. 
Nancy Cote has many fond memories of St. Patrick’s Day. She wore every shade of green imaginable and always hoped she’d find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Today she considers her family her pot of gold and feels like the luckiest person in the world because she can write and illustrate children’s books. Nancy is the illustrator of The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes and Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah.   

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The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bookladygran More than 1 year ago
I wanted something on topic, but not too complicated, to read to my grandchildren (age 3 and 5), after my recent trip to Ireland. This story is about rain threatening a parade and a young girl who needs to give the leprechaun items that are the correct colors to make a rainbow appear so her grandfather's music can be heard. The story is short and, as soon as I finished reading it, the 3 year old said "read it again, please" - can't give a better recommendation than that!
child-advocate More than 1 year ago
When Roy G Biv needs help building a rainbow, so he can find his lost pot of gold, Colleen reluctantly agrees to help. Colleen gives up many things she loves to make a rainbow, that will also make the rain stop for the St. Patrick's Day parade, which makes many people happy. A surprise reward then makes Colleen happy!