Rain before rainbows. Clouds before sun. Night before daybreak. A new day's begun. A girl and her companion fox travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. Along the way, they find friends to guide and support them. Together, they build a glorious future and discover there is a way out of the darkness, into the light of the rainbow. A book with immense hope at its heart, this is a positive message for anyone who's ever gone through a tough time.
Themes of resilience and friendship will resonate with parents and teachers – even young children need to learn ways to overcome stress and worry. David Litchfield's award-winning artwork draws the reader in to a rich world of texture and colour – giving this journey depth and heart. An uplifting and inspiring poem, gently told in storybook form with captivating and elating pictures.
About the author
Smriti Halls is an award-winning, internationally bestselling children's author whose books include the No. 1 bestseller I Love You Night and Day, T-Veg and Don't Call Me Sweet. She is published in over 30 languages ... and counting. Her stories, sometimes fast-paced and funny, sometimes lyrical and tender, are always full of heart and speak to the child in all of us. Previously Smriti worked at the BBC and across children's publishing and television as a writer and commissioning editor for twelve years. She lives and works in London with her husband and three sons. Find her online www.smriti.co.uk and follow her on twitter @SmritiPH.
About the illustrator
David Litchfield first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones "mash up" comics for his older brother and sister. Since then David's work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. David's first author/illustrator picture book The Bear & The Piano won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. He has also illustrated picture books for authors Ross Montgomery, Andy Stanton and Sally Lloyd-Jones, as well as book covers for David Almond, Kate DiCamillo, Neil Patrick Harris and many more. David lives with his family in Bedford, England. Follow him on instagram @david_c_litchfield on twitter @dc_litchfield and visit his website www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com.
Rain Before Rainbows
Walker Books Australia
Author: Smriti Halls
Illustrator: David Litchfield