Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what's on the other side? BookBairn loves rainbows - she loves to spot them as they swo...Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what's on the other side? BookBairn loves rainbows - she loves to spot them as they swoop across the sky; she loves that our front door creates little prisms that spread rainbows across the walls and floor if the sun shines through at just the right angle; she likes to sing the rainbow song; she likes to play with her rainbow colour wheel; anything rainbows and she's sold!
So it's no surprise that she thoroughly enjoys the story 'How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow' by Monica Sweeney with illustrations by Feronia Parker Thomas. This is the story about the Sun and Clouds who were best friends, working together to make those rainbows that make us all smile at their colours! But one day the Sun and the Clouds have a big fight and they stopped being friends and wouldn't be in the sky together any longer. And that meant no more rainbows and without the rainbows the world started to lose it's colour until the Earth was only black and white. Except, that is, for one little forgotten box of crayons. These beautiful and brave little crayons set out to restore colour to the Earth by save the rainbows. So they draw rainbows everywhere, they draw them bigger and bigger and bigger until they made the biggest, brightest, most colourful rainbow the world had ever seen. Soon the Clouds and the Sun notice the marvellous rainbow and they apologise to each other, becoming friends again, creating lots of rainbows and restoring colour to the world.
BookBairn's synopsis of this book is much shorter but very sweet. It goes something like this: "Sun and Clouds in sky. Sun and Clouds make rainbows. Sun and Clouds not friends, make big noise. No rainbows. Rainbows gone. Crayzons. Red crayon. Green crayon. Lellow crayon... Draw rainbows. Very big rainbow. Sun and Clouds friends. Very really big rainbow. The end."
As you can see she has grasped the storyline even at two years old. And what a great way to talk about working together and friendship with her at a level she can understand!
The illustrations in this book are also wonderful! The whole thing looks like it has been drawn in crayon which, artistically appeals to me and to BookBairn it looks sort of like her drawings. The Sun, Clouds and crayons are very expressive and incredibly sweet you certainly believe in their characters beyond simple objects. Clearly, the use of colour in this book in incredibly important and the pages that are simple black and white are not without their charm but it's the rainbows that really are the star of the show. As it should be!
As we see more Spring sunshine and April showers over the coming months BookBairn and I will be out spotting rainbows and hopefully doing some lovely rainbow artwork together to brighten up the house with beautiful pictures!