The Children’s Book Review | April 22, 2015
Written by Mary Clark Dalton
Illustrated by Stacy Moody
Age Range: 4-8
Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books (2015)
What to expect: Butterflies, Change, Growing Up, Patience
Rainbow Learns to Fly is Mary Clark Dalton’s second picture book in her Rainbow series, which teaches children moral values and life skills.
Rainbow is the name of a young male butterfly whose dreams have been fulfilled through the metamorphosis of his former caterpillar self. As a descendant of Queen Alexandra’s birdwing side of the family, Rainbow has become the beautiful butterfly he was destined to be. He feels special about his new wings, with their vibrant colors and broad span and he is overcome by the excitement of learning to fly. His new wings, and the challenges they present, spark his desire to explore and fly far and wide. But his father’s slow and steady teaching style test Rainbow’s patience and in his rush to learn to fly, he falls and hurts himself.
Rainbow learns very quickly that growing up requires one to act responsibly if adjusting to new transitions is to go smoothly. The story concludes with a lovely poem about rainbows, The Colors of a Rainbow, bringing home the author’s intended message: “the rainbow is a promise.” Ultimately, readers will learn that good things come to those who wait.
Mixed media illustrations found on each double page spread brighten the text with color, and the final pages include black-and-white coloring pages where children will be able to recreate their own version of Rainbow’s colorful appearance.
Mary Clark Dalton has created a sweet story for children ages 4-8, with the added benefit of a lesson in patience.
About the Author
Mary Clark Dalton is a stay at home mom with two grown children, Brent and Amanda. She writes stories for the modern day child who she believes have a more mature taste for books. She likes to write about the things they face today sometimes using animal characters. Follow Rainbow on his adventures! Visit: maryclarkdalton.blogspot.com and mascotbooks.com
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