- File Size: 2594 KB
- Print Length: 30 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Single Drop Publishing (March 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ISDPW3G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The new neighbours finally move in and Rayne discovers they have a little girl frog, just about her age, named Sunny. Sunny has very loving parents who adore and cherish her and she has a happy disposition that will be very instrumental in changing the lives of the dissatisfied frog family that lives next door to her. As her name suggests, Sunny inspires, enlightens and brings hope first to Rayne who becomes her best friend and playmate and then through Rayne who passes these positive vibes on to her family members, transforming them into a happy, contented family unit at last. Sunny seems to shed light everywhere she goes. As she and Rayne hang out more and more together Rayne emulates Sunny's temperament and finds the dark clouds that once enveloped her family dissipate and the whole frog family learns to laugh, dance, and play and be more loving towards each other. They are able to put a positive spin on their life around them which lifts them out of their grumpiness and criticalness and makes them realize that life is a bowl of juicy flies indeed.
Despite the irony of using negativity to rate a book about positivity, I do feel my further comments can be construed as a means to improve this book.
The artwork is clearly important and takes up half of the book, as it should. There is a reason we have children's artists out there; they know how to make the beautiful prose come alive through pictures. It is not only obvious artistic talent; it is also COMMUNICATING the art. For example, when an artist tries to show a frog touching each another frog, a talented artist will actually make the reader perceive that the frogs are very close at heart, and one is reassuring the other. A less talented artist will not be as successful in showing this important subtle message.
Also, since it's a children book, the text could be much bigger, making it easy for the children to read.
The author has nailed the prose. I loved her full-length young adult novel, Desiccate. She can write. However, for a children's book aimed at very young children, the artwork is key, which is why so many children's books split the work between two creators: the author and the artist.
Ferrante uses just the right amount of words on each page to keep the pace perfect. The text doesn't rhyme, but because of the cadence to it, it doesn't need to rhyme to be engaging. I love it when children's book authors draw their own illustrations, and Ferrante's illustrations are perfect for the story.
Rayne is, of course, a frog. I liked that she and her family did "froggy" things, such as eat bugs for dinner. I appreciate it when animals in children's stories are not anthropomorphized.
The message was one of how your view on things, whether positive or negative affects everything in your life. I loved that there is character growth in this short book---something that's rare in children's literature.
Kaitlyn (age 3) enjoyed Rayne Shines too. She was very engaged in the story and when we finished reading the book, she told me how much she liked it.
Rayne Shines is a cute, fun book perfect for ages 3 and up. Kaitlyn and I both enjoyed this book and would definitely read Bonnie Ferrante again.
This is a wonderful book with a marvelous message. It tells you that, if you look at life positively, you can enjoy it more or appreciate little things. I like that the Gray family are green frogs, while Sunny’s family are poison dart frogs – extremely colorful! The illustrations were cute, but not my favorite style. The message of the story is so great, I think a lot of kids and adult will love it. The book is perfect for kindergarteners. It helps them understand the message in a subtle way.
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
This story is a great read because it teaches kids to look for the good in life and not get caught up in the bad. Otherwise, they will miss out on how wonderful life can be. In addition, Ms. Ferrante includes a list of discussion questions for parents to talk about with their children. Overall, we would recommend this book because this story has a great message and cute illustrations.