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Summary: A beloved soul comes to earth and finds itself in the dark. Immediately it begins asking questions, searching for what it can do and what its value is. Ultimately, the soul discovers that love and hope are part of a journey, and with each step of understanding, the light becomes brighter. This is a parable of faith and discovery.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler, upon discovering this book, kept calling it "Reading Rainbow." S/He sat "reading" it for a long time, adding commentary and perspective to the pages. When s/he was ready to read, we sat together and enjoyed it several times in succession.
Adult Reader Reaction: Given the level of abstract thinking involved, we weren't sure how much a five-year-old could absorb. Given that s/he hasn't come back to the book after the initial reading would suggest that the interest was mostly in the pictures and the "logical" process of how rainbows come to be. This was a nice poem.
Pros: The illustrations offer the opportunity for young readers/pre-readers to create their own version of the story, with our without words. Because of the allegory, the book has something for everyone.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. If you like having books that calm just by looking at the pictures, this is definitely one to consider. Otherwise, it is worth borrowing at the library.