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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Rainbow in Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne is the adorable story of Mala, a colorful rhino that carried a rainbow in her right hand pocket wherever she went. It was not a whole one, just a piece from the end, but it was brighter than bright. Everyone wanted to know how she got it and Arnie the giraffe decided to tell them the story. The story went as follows: Mala loved everything that she saw. One day she started feeling blue after her friend, a gorilla, went off to the zoo, and her sadness just grew. Mala did everything possible to get rid of the blue feeling but it never went away. She was scared she would always remain blue and her friend, Glinda the owl, comforted her saying it was all right to be blue. Arnie the giraffe decided to call a meeting of friends who loved Mala to solve the problem and make Mala understand that the color blue was also precious like the other colors. Will they succeed in making her understand that all colors are equally worthwhile?
The story is magical ; it not only captures the beauty of all the colors of the rainbow but also helps young readers appreciate the beauty that lies in all colors. The story is about friendship and it is heartwarming to see Mala’s friends getting together to help her find a solution to her problem. The illustrations are colorful and bright and they add sunshine to the story, characters, and the concept. I recommend this book for classroom storytelling, read aloud sessions and bedtime storytelling as there can be no better way to help children understand the beauty of colors, the concept of friendship, and the emotions of sadness and love.