About the Book
Book: The Happy Rainbow
Author: Lillian Jane McAdoo
Illustrator: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Picture Book – Pre-school to Third grade
Release date: December 8, 2022
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A precious promise from God is fading fast when a cloud meanders between the rainbow and the sun, shadowing it. The forest animals must act fast to save the beautiful happy rainbow.
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McAdoo, Lillian Jane. The Happy Rainbow. Illustrated by Grami McAdoo. NP: Peaceable Publishing, 2022.
The book starts with a cute story about a rainbow. It tells when rainbows form and what causes them to disappear. McAdoo also included some fictional aspects such as conversations between the animals and the rainbow. The book ends with some rainbow facts, making this a useful science resource. You can tell that the book was written by a child. Lillian McAdoo could be an encouragement to other young writers.
Caryl McAdoo, Lillian’s grandma, is the illustrator of the book. She and Lillian worked together to do the research necessary for the book. The colorful illustrations are computer generated and complement the text but do not add to the story the way some illustrations do.
The Happy Rainbow could be added to the picture book section of a K-12 Christian school library. The book could be used as a lead-in to a Young Author’s Day to get the students interested in writing. I received a complimentary copy of The Happy Rainbow. This is my honest review.
About the Author – Lillian Jane McAdoo
Lillian Jane McAdoo, about to celebrate her seventh birthday, wrote this story while in Kindergarten at the Primrose School of Highland Village, Texas, and she’s now a first grader at Hilltop Elementary School in Argyle. Besides telling stories, she enjoys t-ball, ballet, and roller skating. An only child, Lillian knows how special she is to all, and THE HAPPY RAINBOW is her debut book!
Singing and playing with cousins and friends are some of her favorite things to do. She lives with Daddy in Carrollton, Texas—he’s a great DFW Metroplex real estate agent—and her mother at her Nanny and Pops in Argyle. Lillian loves visiting Grami and O’Pa’s home, The Peaceable, out in the country where she plays with all the dogs, rides four-wheelers, and collects the hens’ eggs for her paternal grandmother!
About the Illustrator – Caryl McAdoo
Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over sixty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. She’s always enjoyed drawing and graphic arts! Sharing four children and twenty-five grandsugars (six are greats), Caryl and Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-four years, live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.
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Oh, what a joy family is! I’m so glad the Father thought of the generations! It was my blessing to help my grandsugardoll Lillian Jane McAdoo write her debut story THE HAPPY RAINBOW. I asked her questions and she wrote her story in a purple composition book with a Crayola when she visited The Peaceable this summer. Lillian is six years old!
I asked, “What’s something you love?”
“I love rainbows, too. So how is this rainbow?”
“Happy!” she says.
“All right then! Do you want to call your book THE HAPPY RAINBOW?”
“So, you might start your story by introducing the rainbow. Then where is your rainbow going to be? What’s beneath her?”
“She’s in the sky and there’s a forest under her like your house, Grami!”
And so it went. At first, she wanted to be through before it even got to the middle, so I explained every good story had a beginning, a middle, and an end. I told her how everything had a beginning, a middle, and an end—except for God. A day has a beginning, morning, breakfast—a middle, noon, lunchtime—and an end, evening, supper.
A house has a beginning, middle, and end when it is built, lived-in, then is torn down. Trees, animals, fish, bugs, flowers, vegetables . . . everything—except God—so that they were very important! Those beginnings,wrote a blog post middles, and ends! But we could do something else if she needed time to think about her story.
“That’s what authors do,” I told Lillian. “You don’t have to write your whole book in a day.” That made her happy.
We had several discussions while we were away from the actual writing. We researched rainbows on Google and learned so many interesting things about them.
I told her how in my stories, Grami liked to have something bad happen—a crisis—that the main character has to overcome. “Can you think of something that might happen to the rainbow?”
Lillian came up with the rainbow fading, going away, but she wanted to stay in the sky. So, I asked, “What do you suppose could make it fade?”
“The sun not shining.”
“Can you think of something that keeps the sun from shining down on you?”
“Sure! So, what if a cloud got between the sun and the rainbow? Could it shade the rainbow and make it fade?”
And so it went, the questions based on her answers. And over her visit, the story came out, all handwritten—she asked how to spell many words—in the composition book with her crayon.
She was so proud, but not as proud as Grami was of her! She told me more than once how she was the author and her name went on the cover! Politely, of course, but she sure had me grinning.
After she left, I started the illustrations, all done on the computer with free images at PicMonkey. I would send each to her and get her approval.
A couple of months back, I had the honor of leading my sugardoll to invite Jesus into her heart. As the story came forth, I’d share ways that her story honored Him.
Like the rainbow didn’t get angry with the cloud, but politely asked it to move, or the sweet little cloud, sad about the dilemma he caused, wanted to oblige the rainbow, but couldn’t without the wind (help)!
How the animals joined together to pray for the rainbow like we can join together and pray for our friends when they are in trouble. Of course, about how the rainbow shows bright and proud again at the end, proclaiming God’s promise to all men!
It thrilled me to be a part of Lillian’s first picture book! The whole process proved a very rewarding experience. Perhaps she’ll keep writing!
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To celebrate their tour, Lillian and Caryl are giving away the prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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Jane, Thank you for sharing. The Happy Rainbow sounds charming.
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This sounds like a charming book for a child who wants to learn more about rainbows and enjoy a story.
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Thank you for sharing your review of The Happy Rainbow, this sounds like a wonderful book to read with my grandchildren
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The cover is beautiful! It’s very appealing to kids.
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