“… Dalton wishes to instill in her grandson, and in all the children who read her stories.” – Rainbow Learns to Fly by Mary Clark Dalton, Illustrated by Stacy Moody
Rainbow has finally received his beautiful rainbow wings. Now he can’t wait to fly! How hard can it be? he thinks to himself. He’s thrilled when his dad tells him it’s time to learn to fly. Impatience rears its ugly head again as Rainbow is in a hurry to fly. “These things take time, Son. You’ll fly soon,” his father tells him. Follow Rainbow as he learns once again, some things are worth the wait!
Margaret Welwood, Scissortown
Perhaps upon graduation, or maybe on your wedding day,
or with the birth of a child, you thought you’d arrived—and then found that another journey had just begun. So it is with Rainbow—after all, what does a butterfly need besides wings? And what wings these are, bigger than his dad’s, and glowing with the vibrant colors of Queen Alexandra’s side of the family! And yet, Rainbow’s dad counsels patience and daily practice, requisites for true competence. Despite his initial impatience and the overconfidence that stems from lack of experience, Rainbow displays a teachable spirit. It is this patience and teachableness that Dalton wishes to instill in her grandson, and in all the children who read her stories. Rainbow Learns to Fly, the second book in the Rainbow series, builds on the lessons of patience, self-acceptance and helpfulness presented in Rainbow’s Promise. Rainbow is “human” enough to make mistakes, but wise enough to learn from them—and we hope the children who read his stories will also learn from Rainbow’s experiences.
Being the last caterpillar in his class to receive his wings causes poor Rainbow’s classmates to tease him. He dreams of having beautiful colors and flying with his friends. But his mom tells him to be patient and look for things that only a caterpillar can do. Follow Rainbow along on this adventure in Rainbow’s Promise.
Margaret Welwood, Scissortown
A strategy for contentment and fulfillment
It’s not fun to be teased because you are “less” than others, and it’s not fun to wait for things to get better, either. But Rainbow doesn’t just wait; he learns. With courage, compassion and ingenuity, he reaches out to those whose predicaments are worse than his own. Then, with his eyes finally off himself, he discovers that the promise made to him has finally come true. What a lesson for children who are disappointed with their current situation, abilities, or achievements! Rainbow did what he could when he could, following his mom’s advice and using his time wisely until he “graduated.” Mary Dalton has presented a strategy for contentment and fulfillment for all of us.
It seemed that Amanda was always in competition with Sandy. To make matters worse, Sandy was her best friend. Just once, Amanda would like to take first place to Sandy for something, anything! The new school year had just started and Amanda had a new teacher, Miss Turner. This was Miss Turner’s first year of teaching, so she didn’t know anything about her class; she didn’t know that Sandy always won everything! Maybe this could be the year that Amanda finally won something! Her hopes were dashed, though, when her new teacher called for a test on the first day of school! Who gives a test on the first day of school?
Mercy hovered in the back of the cage at the shelter. She knew people were coming through the shelter looking for the perfect dog! Why put herself through more pain? Mercy had accepted the fact that no one was going to choose her long ago. All of the other dogs made fun of her homely face and wide-set-apart eyes. She didn’t have any friends. The keeper of the shelter tried to encourage Mercy, telling her that one day just the right family would come and take her home. Aidan was born blind. Today was his eighth birthday. His father had promised him he could get a dog for his birthday. His father wanted a service dog, but Aidan wanted a dog to love. As Aidan came to the end of the shelter, he was disappointed. He asked the owner, “Is this all the dogs you have?” “We have Mercy,” he said unenthusiastically. “Bring her to me!” As soon as Mercy stood before Aidan, he knew she was the one. She was trembling and afraid. “Don’t you see, Mom and Dad?” he said, smiling. “I can’t see what Mercy looks like, and she doesn’t care that I’m blind.” Follow Mercy and Aidan on their great adventure, proving once again, love truly is blind.
The adventure continues for Princess Anna as she finds the end to one mystery, only to be thrown unsuspectingly into another one. Was this a dream or did it really happen? How can she remember Prince Alexander (Alex), the name she so fondly calls him, so well when no one else seems to remember him. Clue after clue turns up for Anna to solve. Is she getting closer to the answer? Prince Alexander tries hard to solve his own mystery. How did he get home? Why is everything so different now? What does his father mean when he says that if you want something badly enough, you can believe that it really happened? Follow Princess Anna and Prince Alexander as they try to solve their shared mystery–two kingdoms apart!
Alexander is a prince. Who could ask for more than that? To be heir to the throne, have everything you could wish for. Sure, there are plenty of perks being a prince, but just once, Prince Alexander would like to be a kid named Alex, with no responsibilities, who can play, eat pizza, cheeseburgers, french fries, and of course, milkshakes! The son of a king can’t go anywhere unaccompanied, so he can’t pick his friends or go to fun places, except of course, when he is reading. In a book, Prince Alexander can escape; he can go where he wants to go, with whom he chooses, and stay as long as he wishes. One night, when Prince Alexander is reading, he finds himself in the land of his dreams. There are kids playing fun games, and all of his favorite foods. The only trouble is, he is no longer just reading—he is in another kingdom. How did he get there, and more importantly, how can he find his way back? In this mystery-fantasy you will follow the prince to see if this was a dream… or did it really happen?
Shadow, a redwing blackbird, and Bright, a bluebird, were best friends. The two were always swapping stories about their exciting adventures while they were apart during the winter season. All too soon, the weather would turn cool and the two birds would realize that their fun times were coming to a close for a few months. That is, unless they could come up with a plan! The two birds put their heads together asking, “Can we really trade places? What could go wrong?” Follow Shadow and Bright as they find out that adventures do not always turn out as planned!
It is beautifully illustrated as well
This is a delightful story about friendship and lessons learned while growing up. It is beautifully illustrated as well! Inspirational for aspiring young writers and artists. Highly recommended for all ages!
Squirrelly loved to play. In fact, there wasn’t a squirrel around who knew more acorn games than he did. He loved to make all the other squirrels laugh, and that he did time after time. All his friends would say, “Squirrelly, you’re the funniest squirrel around!” What he didn’t like though was working to store up for winter. ‘I have plenty of time,’ he would say when his father would warn him winter was coming soon.
Wanda is not your ordinary ant. Most ants are content to follow orders, stay in a straight line, then head back to headquarters. That is not how it is with Wanda. If she had her way, the life of an ant would be much more exciting! She dreams of exploring. One day, Wanda’s curiosity gets the better of her. She just has to see for herself what is over that hill. Find out what happens when Wanda disobeys, and learns a hard lesson in obedience!
In this, the last of the Rainbow series, Rainbow learns the hard way that it’s not much fun to be the strongest, most beautiful butterfly if you do not have friends to share it with. After a time of showing off and a little taunting of his own, Rainbow finally learns the Golden Rule. He must treat other butterflies the way he would like to be treated. Follow Rainbow as he tries to rebuild friendships and trust that he has broken through all his prideful acts.