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Nov 06 2020

Rain before rainbows by Smriti Halls

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Illus. by David Litchfield. Walker Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781406382358.
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Rain Before Rainbows is a very poignant and thoughtful story of the journey a young girl and fox take while filled with worries and sadness. They have difficulties to overcome and do so through their own courage and resilience. Along the way they find companions to support and guide them as they journey to reach a happier and more hopeful place.
The visually stunning and colourful illustrations support the simple yet meaningful rhyming text, i.e. "Thunder will rumble, and lightning will flash. The wind will start blowing and tall waves will crash." The reader is drawn into exploring each illustration with great delight and awe.
This is a story to be shared and discussed with younger readers as the message and meaning may not be necessarily obvious at first glance. It is a story that will fill both adults and children with hope that things can get better. Teacher's notes are available.
Themes: Worries, Journey, Courage, Friends, Hope.
Kathryn Beilby

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