Tuesday 27 July 2021

Iris and the Rainbow Day

Iris and the Rainbow Day by Josie Montano illustrated by Andrea Peixoto Emmerick (MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing) PB $18 + $2 postage HB $25 + $5 postage RRP $13.99 ISBN9781643724539

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

Iris is an odd little girl who loves colour so much that she has a daily ritual: every day of the week is dedicated to a colour by which she lives her life. On Monday, for example, she feels energetic so dresses entirely in red, with a red beret, red top, red shorts, and red sandals. She eats red foods (strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, and watermelon) and plays on red swings and reads a red book. Tuesday is an orange day, so all her clothes are orange, she eats orange foods and plays on an orange seesaw and solves an orange puzzle. Wednesday is a yellow day, and so on.

After Sunday (a purple day), comes Monday again, but oh no, there’s a disaster! All her red clothes are no longer available, nor her red fruits, and the red swings are out of bounds, and the red book is missing. Over the previous week as she followed her ritual, Iris felt energetic, excited, happy, calm, healthy, sophisticated, and creative, but now she feels lifeless and sad. Happily, Mum comes to the rescue, explaining that Iris can have any colour any day she wishes. Thereafter, Iris dresses in all the colours of the rainbow, every day she  eats a colourful range of food, and so on.

This thin book is cleverly written and illustrated insofar as it shows small child readers a wide range of colours as well as the days of the week. Not only that, but it is also Dyslexic inclusive, printed in a font that everyone can read, including people with dyslexia. In keeping with the colour subject matter, the illustrator has made sure that the book bursts with brilliant colours. The final illustration, for instance, shows Iris dressed in red beret, purple top, green earrings, and black gloves, looking up at a rainbow with the words ‘Iris loves rainbow days’ underneath.

This book is likely to appear to readers aged 6 years and up, especially developing readers.

Please contact Josie Montano josie@booksbyjosie.com.au if you wish to purchase a book/s (cost is above).



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