PRINCESS ROSIE'S RAINBOWS by Bette Killion

PRINCESS ROSIE'S RAINBOWS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sulky Princess Rosie is only happy when there are rainbows in the sky.

Determined to please the little princess, her parents offer a bag of gold to anyone who can bring her a “forever rainbow.” People come from far and wide, offering rainbows of all types. But Princess Rosie remains disappointed, for none of them are real. The Royal Astronomer has better luck, placing a glass of water on a windowsill, at least until the clouds roll in and the rainbow vanishes. (A backmatter activity extends this lesson.) Finally, Becca, “the Wise Teacher of Farthest Village,” arrives and tells the princess that the rainbows live inside her and that she can enjoy them whenever she wishes. The princess’s unrealistic expectations and dour disposition don’t make her a very sympathetic character, and in the end, she seems too easily persuaded, rendering the resolution unconvincing. The lesson, though, is a good one: true happiness comes from inside, from focusing on the things and people we hold in our hearts. Soft, intricately detailed illustrations accompany the text, helping to establish a believable fairy-tale universe for Rosie and her family to inhabit.

Fans of fairy tales as well as adults looking to reinforce lessons in how to create and sustain happiness from within will appreciate this well-meaning effort. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-937786-44-1
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Wisdom Tales
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2015




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