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This week’s children’s book review is all about Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield. It was published by Walker Books and can be purchased on Amazon*.
A girl and her companion fox travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. Along the way, they find friends to guide and support them. Together, they build a glorious future and discover there is a way out of the darkness, into the light of the rainbow. A book with immense hope at its heart, this is a positive message for anyone who’s ever gone through a tough time.
The first thing that hits me about this book is the stunning illustrations. The front cover is especially stunning and I know that if I had seen this in a bookshop that I would have certainly picked it up to look at. Inside the book is no different either as you start with a story full of cold and grey and up with bright, bold amazing colours by the end.
Rain Before Rainbows takes on an easy rhyming style throughout the book and each page only has a few words or sentences so it’s really easy for children to follow. It’s not just adults that have bad days, or go through something that’s not exactly happy, but children don’t have as many ways of dealing with things as we do. Rain Before Rainbows has a beautiful way of showing children that even if they are going through a dark and troubling time, there are people and friends who will be there to help them through it.
With Covid-19 still being such a worry for a lot of people, this book has really come at the right time. It can be hard to talk to children about specifics and sometimes taking a different approach is a great way to ease their worries. Rain Before Rainbows definitely adds a bit of a magical element to the story and it’s such a beautiful book to read. I’m sure this will be staying on Erin’s shelves for quite some time.
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