The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow


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.

A note at the end explains the science of rainbows and the Roy G. Biv naming tradition.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807544556
  • September 2010

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  • 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.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The whimsical cartoonlike illustrations have action and detail.

    - School Library Journal


Nancy Cote

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.50