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Rain Before Rainbows

For anyone going through a difficult passage, this uplifting, beautifully illustrated picture book is about finding optimism in the darkest of places.

Rain before rainbows, clouds before sun,
night before daybreak—a new day’s begun.

In this heartfelt story about courage, change, and moving on, a girl and her companion fox travel together away from a sorrowful past, through challenging and stormy times, toward color and light and life. Along the way they find friends to guide and support them, and when the new day dawns, it is full of promise. With gorgeous, richly realized illustrations and immense hope at its heart, Rain Before Rainbows holds out a ray of sunshine for anyone looking for light.

Pages: 32

Ages: 3-7


Inspired by Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning,” this British import offers hope and purpose, reminding readers that waiting brings reward and sowing comes before the crop and the flower stem before blossom. . .The poetry of the text builds on the sentiment of the scripture and although it complements the illustrations, it is compelling enough to be read independently. . . An uplifting book with a timeless message—that tomorrow will be better. —School Library Journal

"After a fire damages their castle home, a child and their fox companion venture into the unknown.

As the pair treks over mountains and battles misty dragons in dark woods, Prasadam-Halls reassures readers via singsong rhymes that tough or scary situations won’t last forever. “Thunder will rumble. Lightning will flash. / The wind will start blowing, and tall waves will crash,” she acknowledges as the child rows against a double-page spread of waves teeming with sharp-eyed creatures. But, she promises, as a troupe of woodland critters welcomes them to a sun-gilded shore, “There are friends who will help us, courageous and kind.” After planting seeds, child and fox snuggle in a stick shelter. Waking to a “day full of promise, a day full of light,” they dance beneath a double-page rainbow and full-grown apple tree (that seems to have grown overnight). Litchfield’s luminous illustrations carry the story, vividly balancing light and dark hues. Even eerie nights still sparkle with stars, matching the text’s hopeful tone. Illustrations don’t always mirror the text concretely, however; for instance, an elk appears above the line “There’s a map that will guide us when troubles arise,” and there is no map to be seen. Some readers seeking solace amid similar hardships may find the fairy tale–esque framing frustratingly simplistic; others will be comforted by the rhythmic rhymes and dreamlike illustrations. The child has light-brown skin and straight, black hair.

An eye-catching lullaby for tough times. " — Kirkus Reviews

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