The Last Rainbow Bird

by Nora Brech (Author)

The Last Rainbow Bird
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Two children search for a unique endangered bird in this vibrant, hopeful story which joyfully celebrates difference.

Unless Jo and Alex can find the last Rainbow Bird, its species will become extinct. Journeying by riverboat through a spectacular forest, the children find many extraordinary birds – elegant Underwater Birds, glowing Lamp Birds and excitable Big-to-Little Birds – but will they find the last Rainbow Bird?

The singularly fabulous world of the Rainbow Bird, created by award-winning author-illustrator Nora Brech, is a riot of color, imagination, and wonder. Children will love the heartfelt and humorous story that gently conveys an important conservation message.

Kirkus Reviews

A joyous conservation message wrapped in a colorful feast for the eyes.

Review quotes

The extraordinary illustrations, hand-drawn, using digital methods, have an "other world", old-fashioned retro feel. They are quirky and unique.
- Youth Services Books Review

'Stunning in its simplicity and playfulness'. While the theme about the importance of safeguarding rare animals from extinction comes through clearly in this Norwegian import, the rich, rainbow-colored illustrations are truly the stars here.
- Kirkus Reviews

'The Last Rainbow Bird is filled with beautiful, colorful, and whimsical pictures. This story is a sweet adventure of finding the last Rainbow bird. I can't wait to buy my own physical copy for my classroom library to share with my class!'
- NetGalley Educator

'Great story, great illustrations, and hits close to home as our animals disappear from the planet.'
- NetGalley Librarian

'One of the most visually stunning books I have seen in years! Vibrant colors, watercolor like textures, artwork that conveys movement & energy and a quirky color palette. A great tale to teach younger readers about conservation and the importance of saving and protecting animals from extinction.'
- NetGalley Reviewer

'What a beautiful book! The illustrations in this story are award worthy and the story it's self is a beautiful and gentle introduction into conservation for children. While the birds in the book are whimsical, it is easy to translate the story into an educational and practical experience for young readers. I would highly recommend this book for all children and very much look forward to planning a conservation story time with this book!'
- NetGalley Educator

'The Last Rainbow Bird illustrations draw you into the look for the last rainbow bird. Beautifully written as a way to easily understand the importance of conservation. The story also celebrates the uniqueness of different cultures and people.'
- NetGalley Educator

'A beautiful story of kids helping an ecologist save a bird species. The illustrations are so vibrant, stylized, and full of movement that I felt swept into the story world and stayed there until the very end. I am so excited to see more of Nora Brech's art!! Wonderful messages about conservation and how children can take action. Loved this book!'
- NetGalley Reviewer

Praise for Cornelia and the Jungle Machine:

'An imaginative fantasy that gives readers plenty of room to roam.' - Kirkus Reviews

'Illustrative details abound in this atmospheric picture book.' - Shelf Awareness

Nora Brech
Nora Brech is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator from Oslo, Norway. The Last Rainbow Bird won a Silver Award for Cover Design at the Norwegian Designers' Guild Book Prize and has been published in twelve languages. She is also the creator of Cornelia and the Jungle Machine.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2022

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