Union Bridge Books

Rainbow

An adaptation in narrative verse of a children’s fantasy tale, ‘The Other Side of the Rainbow’ (1910) by Florence Bone (1875–1971), ‘Rainbow’ presents a series of magical adventures that lead the heroine and us to a greater sense of wonder about the living world.

To increase her sense of wonder Grace is chosen by Nature’s spirit guides and guardians to travel on ‘a funny sometimes fearful journey’. Her unlikely allies are small, often overlooked plants, flowers and insects. She seems to be about to discover what lies in and beyond the rainbow, but her decision to help a lost, bitter boy – Downcast Don – to rediscover ‘wonder’ diverts her through colourful and disturbing forests, down a well to find an underground forge, and into a meeting with an ancient desert giantess. Her chief guide, Heartsease, assures her this is all part of a search for rainbow wisdom, to see how all things and people matter.

Allowed then to climb the ‘Shining Stairway’, Grace is nearer the rainbow but in more danger of being sidetracked by strange, even dangerous forces. The promised places are beautiful and intriguing but she learns to look back below the surface of her adventures and to make important choices. Suddenly back in the everyday world she is still herself but more so because she can see and understand more acutely.

An adaptation in narrative verse of a children’s fantasy tale, ‘The Other Side of the Rainbow’ (1910) by Florence Bone (1875–1971), ‘Rainbow’ presents a series of magical adventures that lead the heroine and us to a greater sense of wonder about the living world.

Born in Birmingham in 1943, Michael Tolkien grew up in South Oxfordshire and North Yorkshire. He studied classics and English at St Andrews and Oxford. He has lived in Rutland since 1968 and was a secondary school teacher until early retirement in 1994. Since 1998 his verse has been published in two booklets and five full collections, most recently in 2012. His work has been widely and favourably reviewed. Two of his major themes are deceptive appearances and the conflict of active and contemplative approaches to life. This is also apparent in his recent narrative verse adaptations of Florence Bone’s now largely forgotten fantasy fiction for children.

‘“Rainbow” is delightful, delicate, and imaginative, just like the illustrations by Maureen Ward. Its story, though featuring Grace and her many exciting adventures, is just as much about the readers, as it strives to teach them to also wonder about the world and to seek their own adventures. Those who have wonder, explains “Rainbow”, never grow old.’ —‘Rainbow by Michael Tolkien’, review at Pages Unbound

Imprint
Union Bridge Books
Publisher
Union Bridge Books
Language
English
Product Format
Hardback
Dimensions
9 x 6
Weight
1 gram
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
182
ISBN
9780857286482
Product Format
EPUB
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
182
ISBN
9780857282101
Product Format
PDF
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
182
ISBN
9780857282040
Product Format
MobiPocket
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
182
ISBN
9780857282163