HOW THE FIRST RAINBOW WAS MADE by Ruth--Adapt. & Illus. Robbins

HOW THE FIRST RAINBOW WAS MADE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In perfunctory picture-book format, this prosaic retelling might serve better, if at all, as an easy reader. It starts in a time of endless rain, which sends the Indians to Coyote for help. And Coyote has all the animals and people work together to send two spiders up through a hole in the sky for a sign from Old-Man-Above. This venerable figure, all feathered headband and white beard, has the spiders imagine different colors arching across the sky; then he promises to send such a rainbow as a sign when he is about to clear away the rain clouds. For their part in the episode, spiders will have rainbows of their own--in their webs. Lifelessly told and lifelessly pictured, despite the rosy color.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1980
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin