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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite
The Rainbow’s Argument by Rocco Lo Bosco starts out with summer rain, ending up with a rainbow, the biggest one ever seen by the villagers of Dada Village. The rainbow colors were so pleased with the villagers liking them that the colors began to compete. Red said it was the best, fierce and bold. Orange spoke up, saying it was the color of the sun, whether rising or setting. Yellow said that children like yellow best, whether in toys or clothes. Green said it was the best as it covers the Earth. But then Blue said it covers the Earth, whether in the sky or sea. Indigo said that the first stars of the night sparkle through it. Violet was quiet but said it is easy to look at but hard to forget, such as a lilac flower. So, the colors argued and the villagers heard them. The sun attempted to quiet them down and told the colors that each plays a part. The colors would not listen. The sky turned into Night. The colors became quiet as the Night sky asked how their day was. They had wasted a whole day fighting. Night asked if they’d rather be black. The colors claimed that black was not important. So, Night took away their colors... How will they get their colors back?
The author, Rocco Lo Bosco, writes smoothly about the colors of the rainbow, giving vivid descriptions of each. The illustrations by Danielle Mathews are very pretty and bright, showing examples of how each color stands out. The colors argue over who is better in the sky, not expecting Night to be listening. Night appears and explains how to get along during the day and how each color is unique, beautiful, and plays its own part. Night teaches them not to waste a wonderful day. This delightful book is appropriate for children to have read to them or to read personally in order to practice how to get along with others, learn good social skills, and not to fight.