Rain Before Rainbows

Candlewick. Oct. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536212839.
Toddler-PreS–Inspired by Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning,” this British import offers hope and purpose, reminding readers that waiting brings reward and sowing comes before the crop and the flower stem before blossom. The words spill across pages that with every turn brighten like dawn. These are gorgeous, luminous works, showing a young girl with light brown skin overcoming obstacles and embarking on her journey, no matter how dark and scary the path, and in spite of storms. The poetry of the text builds on the sentiment of the scripture and although it complements the illustrations, it is compelling enough to be read independently. This has an obvious religious sensibility, but this will appeal to a secular audience as well.
VERDICT An uplifting book with a timeless message—that tomorrow will be better.

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