Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls – Book Review

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls – Book Review

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls

Rain Before Rainbows

Author – Smriti Halls
Illustrator – David Litchfield
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 32
Released – 22nd April 2021
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover
Rating – 5 Stars
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An uplifting, stunningly beautiful book about optimism in the darkest of places.

A girl and her companion fox travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. Along the way, they find friends to guide and support them. Together, they build a glorious future and discover there is a way out of the darkness, into the light of the rainbow.

A book with immense hope at its heart, this is a positive message for anyone who’s ever gone through a tough time.

Review by Stacey

Rain Before Rainbows is a children’s picture book that I have already read three times. The first time I read through it I marvelled at the beautiful artwork that adorned each page. These full-page illustrations are simply beautiful, they capture the eye with their soft colours and delightful scenes with so much to take in.

The second time I took note of the rhyming words and as the book progressed my thoughts turned to the book being more of a metaphor regarding the child, a young girl and her fox friend going through a tough time. I read it as the girl was going through some mental health challenges and the book was showcasing her bad thoughts and then there was a brighter new day.

However, the third time I noticed the castle on fire which is set before the story begins and I had missed it. This then took the plot in a different direction for me as it then was about a young girl and her fox friend having to travel over mountains, through stormy seas to get away from their home that had been destroyed and finding a new place.

Whichever way you read this book one thing is certain, it truly is amazing. It is comforting, engaging, captivating, and it makes you want to read it over and over again as well as hopefully making children understand that even though there are sometimes dark days in their life that after the dark the light will come.

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Smriti Prasadam-Halls is an award-winning, internationally bestselling British author whose books for children include I LOVE YOU NIGHT AND DAY (Publisher’s Weekly #1 bestseller, Wall Street Journal bestseller), THE WAYS OF THE WOLF (English Association Non-Fiction Winner) and DON’T CALL ME SWEET (Booktrust Treasure Pack).

Smriti worked for the BBC and across children’s publishing and television for twelve years, as a writer and commissioning editor. She began writing books of her own in 2012 and is now published in more than 30 languages worldwide. Smriti lives and works in London with her husband and three sons.

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6 Responses

  1. Sounds like a book you truly get something new from upon each read.

  2. Nadene says:

    What a lovely review of Rain Before Rainbows. Good you loved it.

  3. I really need this book. It looks so cute!

  4. Thank you Kate, I certainly do. Especially from children’s books.

  5. Thanks Nadene. The book really is so adorable and yes I loved it.

  6. Thanks Bianca, good to hear you liked the book and I agree you need this book.