ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Catherine Rose
Illustrated by Jeff Dale
Ages: 3-8 | 32 Pages
Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press (2023) | ISBN: 9781643436371
Publisher’s Book Summary: Coloring the Rainbow: The Power of Connection tells a story of the magic created when the unique talents of a diverse group of children are shared in a colorful adventure.
The adventure begins when we see through a boy’s window to find a young trombonist pausing his practice to wonder if other musical voices exist. When an alluring treble note wafts through his window, he begins an excited quest to find the answer. Playing his horn through his neighborhood, the boy draws other curious children to play their unique instruments along with him.
Together, they played:
“Lend your voice, play your part!
Something grand is beginning―
join us for the start!”
The procession of music makers is touched with magic when their combined voices, raised in harmony, orchestrate a colorful miracle.
The ease of poetry and vibrant illustrations make this book a perfect keepsake for any gift-giver wishing to explore the values of diversity and inclusion with young, loved ones.
This positive story features a boy who loves music. As he played his trombone in his room he wondered, “Was there more to be heard?” When he hears a new instrument playing a melody he decides “Every voice must be found!” and sets off on a journey to find other musicians and instruments. Slowly a parade forms as more and more children join in. By the end of the search a diverse group of young musicians are playing together and ribbons of color rise from their instruments to form a rainbow in the sky, a visible symbol “from the song of each heart.”"
The cartoon style illustrations and rhyming text match the upbeat message of this story. Along with the children there are also various animals enjoying the music. At first it is only the boy’s dog keeping him company, but along the way through the neighborhood there are birds, a cat, a squirrel, a raccoon, and a rabbit dancing to the music as the group passes by. Readers will also be introduced to a variety of instruments - trombone, piccolo, bagpipes, janguu, trumpet, guitar, saxophone, oboe, violin, and even the triangle. A fun way to introduce the themes of cooperation and creating something beautiful from many parts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Rose is enjoying that time of life when one thinks of creating a legacy. What are the lessons learned from living life’s adventure that would benefit generations to come?
As a pediatric nurse, she wrote therapeutic stories to help children cope masterfully with injury and illness. Her present stories weave tales with similarly empowering messages to support children’s development of resilience, confidence and empathy.
Rose writes from the back porch of her log home, inspired by the profile of Mount Jefferson in North Carolina. Married to her high school sweetheart, they now enjoy perpetual recess with their two grandchildren, whose favorite activity is to read a book written by Nana!
For more information, visit www.catherinerose-childauthor.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Jeff Dale’s foray into artistic design began when his boss at a printing shop asked him to design a logo for a client. While the logo was an impressive design, creating the art had an even more impressive effect on motivating a true passion for creative design.
Educated in the design world of Washington, DC, Jeff’s wide scope of interest and talent has inspired him to design, create, and build just about anything one can conceive of creating, including this debut as an illustrator of a children’s book. Jeff is the founder of Dale Design, situated in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife and two grown children.
His varied talent in artistic design can be appreciated by visiting his website: www.daledesign.com.