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About the Author

PATRICIA ST. JOHN (1919-1993) was a nurse, missionary and author. She earned a nursing degree at St. Thomas' Hospital in London in 1946. In the early 1950's she moved to Tangier, Morocco where she served as a missionary nurse for 27 years. Throughout her life, she travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, as the settings of her novels reflect. In 1977, she returned to England, where she cared for elderly relatives and ministered from her home to youths, single parents, and the elderly. Patricia authored numerous books, including Treasures of the Snow, The Tanglewoods' Secret, The Secret at Pheasant Cottage, and Star of Light.
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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Patricia St John Series
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802465781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802465788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Emily Mulder on September 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I dearly loved this book as a child from about the age of 9 years and up, and still enjoy going back to the original to read the descriptions and explanations. In the original book there may be a few words that are less understandable to a school-aged child who does not normally do much reading, but the descriptions are wonderful and realistic. I've found that well-written Christian books for children are rather rare, and St. John's writing is exceptionally good. I found her capable of bringing Christianity to life in a very understandable way, while weaving a beautiful story about real sorts of people/children.
I was very disappointed, though, to read the addition revised by Mary Mills in 2002, and now the only one you can buy new. The book has been very abridged. Many of the descriptions that brought the humanness and delightfulness of the characters and their experiences to life, have been cleanly ommited. Also, most lines in the entire book have been re-written to be either simpler, or just less descriptive. I do not believe children today are so incapable of reading, to require the severe revisions done to this book.
The original book was a beautiful, joyful book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a little girl who feels lost in the world, as her mother is too busy with her own life to care for her. Her father is dead and now her mother is taking a new job in a different country, requiring lots of travelling, without Elaine. Elaine must go live with a family of six children. Through the time she spends with them, she finds Jesus and learns to love others more than herself. An excellent protrayal of real life situations, not glossed over, but told with propiety. I read this story to my four children ages 3 to 9 and they loved it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anne C on December 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I loved RAINBOW GARDEN as a little girl. As an adult, I still re-read it every couple of years. In my opinion, this beautiful story should be considered a Christian classic. Both well-written and touching, RAINBOW GARDEN is a story about how a lonely little girl finds fulness of joy. Patricia M. St. John paints wonderful pictures of happy childhood and those little incidents that have such great meaning and excitement.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn Hackett on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a child of 8 or so, I read this book to myself. At first read, I thought it a rather strange book. It was only after three more reads later in my life that I finally understood the plot. This book is well worth the money simply because of the beautiful images that made me cry as an 8 year old, but save your dollars until your child is old enough to sort through the images to find the plot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By charischild on October 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Be aware... be very aware. All the electronic versions of Patricia St John's works are the revised edition. In 1999, Mary Mills revised the original text. The words have been changed and the story line has been rearranged. As someone who loved the originals in my childhood and continue to read them in my adulthood, I find the revisions distracting and significantly less poignant than the originals. READ THE "LOOK INSIDE" before buying and make sure that you know exactly what you're buying. And ask the publishers to produce the originals again - they're now out of print even in paperback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By obed on September 17, 2010
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My daughter and I enjoyed this book very much. It helped us look at some difficulties in our own character and gave us bible references to help us know how to change them. I recommend this book very highly to any one who does not mind reading fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JC_The_Risen_King on February 18, 2013
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My 10 year old daughter loves this series. She quite enjoyed it and did a book report on it. Would recommend this to other Christian girls for a wonderful story and conservative fiction story.
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Rainbow garden is a story about how a lonely little girl finds joy. Patricia M. St. John paints wonderful pictures of happy childhood and those little incidents that have such great meaning and excitement.

Patricia St John has an ability in her books to bring Christianity to life in a very understandable way.
The revised addition by Mary Mills in 2002, has been very abridged, many of the descriptions have been left out. It does make it easier to read for younger kids, but it leaves you wanting more detail and explanation.

The book is a little slow at he beginning , but the plot and the pace pick us about half way through the book. I like some other of Patricia St John's books better than this one, but It is a worth while read because it has many important life lessons that kids grapple with.
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