Book: Rainbows in the Dark
Author: Jan Coates
Illustrator: Alice Priestley
Publisher: Second Story Press
Date: January 1, 1999
Genre: Picture book ; ages 5-8
My Rating: A touching, inspiring story to thrill all ages
I was delighted to find an author-signed copy of Rainbows in the Dark in a local independent bookstore. Look at the cover, isn’t it beautiful? This is a book I’d heard about but not yet seen, so I was happy to get my hands on it. Having read and reviewed (October 22’11) A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk by Canadian author Jan Coates, and interviewed her (October 28’11,) I was eager to read this picture book.
This is a wonderful story about the new and different experience of a little girl out shopping with her mother. Abby did not want to shop in the secondhand clothing store and was sullen and bored waiting for her mother – until a woman came in with a dog. Abby told the lady no dogs were allowed in there, and then learned Charlie was a working dog – and the lady, Joanna, was blind.
Joanna enlisted Abby’s help finding things for a special event. In that way Abby observed what it is like to be unable to see. In appreciation for her help, Joanna gave Abby two tickets for a special event. When Abby and her mother attended, what a surprise awaited them! In fact, for Abby there were two surprises – one being a wish come true.
Rainbows in the Dark is a lovely read, one that will bring awareness to children – and grown-ups, too – of what it is like to be visually impaired. Canadian illustrator Alice Priestley complemented Jan Coates‘ story perfectly, as I hope you will get a chance to see for yourself.
You can find Rainbows in the Dark listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
I love your Buy the Book option, Lynn!! I just bought Rainbows in the Dark. Thank you for making it so easy and for introducing me to this wonderful book through your review!!
Thank you, Sue, for trying it out. I’m glad it’s convenient for you.
I know you’ll love Rainbows in the Dark as much as I do. 🙂
This looks like a wonderful book by Jan Coates. I loved the Hare in The Elephant´s Trunk. A great review Lynn.
It IS a wonderful book. She is a good author, puts loads of thought into writing her books.
What a lovely book and a thoughtful review. I am such a fan of the books that Second Story Press publishes!
Then you would enjoy this one, Pat. 🙂
Thanks for your comment.
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I can hardly believe RAINBOWS is 10 years old this year, but I still love sharing it with kids when I visit schools – in particular 400 5 and 6 year olds at a Sikh private school in Surrey, BC last week. Thanks so much, Lynn, for your thoughtful review.
Wow! That is so nice, Jan! How wonderful. Rainbows is a beautiful book, such a sweet and touching story.
Thanks for sharing about your school visit. 🙂
Great review! It sounds amazing! 😀
You and Josie would enjoy it, I’m sure.