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Rain Before Rainbows

Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & illustrated by David Litchfield
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Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
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“In the midst of trying times, this remarkably beautiful story reminds of hope and beauty ahead.”

As hinted in the endpapers, a girl and her fox friend are forced to leave their burning castle home to embark on a journey of “mountains for climbing” and trials to overcome, fraught with lightning, thunder, crashing waves, worries, battles, and dark days. But all the while, there’s hope ahead, assured in the beautiful, optimistic narrative—“Sowing and planting. Roots before shoot. Stem before flowers. Leaf before fruit.”—and shown in the kind and courageous friends that act as helping hands and guides. At last, the promised rainbow after the rain appears on a fresh, bright morning, presenting new opportunities, simple joys, and relief. Award winning author Prasadam-Halls weaves this inspiring, relatable, and touching tale with terrific cadence and rhyme. Litchfield’s illustrations magnificently convey the idea of trials and struggles leading to victories and good outcomes, creatively using both epic proportions—such as castles and dragons—and seemingly small, but hopeful, reflections—such as a flower growing from a seed. The illustrations spill over with waves of color, growing gradually throughout the story from dim and dark pages to sparkling, glorious spreads of color as the journey progresses from darkness to light. Light on text but heavy on meaning, this beautiful story is sure to strike a chord and inspire anyone who needs a reminder of the light waiting just around the corner, the rainbow ready to shine after the rain.

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

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Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
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Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
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Who Wrote Rain Before Rainbows

Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Smriti Prasadam-Halls has been a children’s writer and editor for more than ten years and has written several children’s books, including the bestselling Jingle Jangle Jungle, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Smriti lives in Richmond-upon-Thames.

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Who Illustrated Rain Before Rainbows

David Litchfield

David Litchfield is an illustrator of children’s books, includingMiss Muffet, orWhat Came After by Marilyn Singer, and the creator of the award-winning picture book The Bear and the Piano.He lives in Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.

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Smriti Prasadam-Halls's Book Dedication

For my wonderful sister Swapna, who is courageous, beautiful, and brilliant—all my love

David Litchfield's Book Dedication

To Katy, Benny, and George

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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 6, 2020
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Bentham.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were done in ink and paint and rendered digitally.

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