Sunday, December 30, 2018

Find Your Rainbow: Color and Create Your Way to a Calm and Happy Life

Lyn, Jenipher. Find Your Rainbow: Color and Create Your Way to a Calm and Happy Life
December 31st 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Copy provided by the publisher

This combination self help/ coloring book offers a lot of brightly colored, on-trend advice to help tween girls process this difficult stage of life. Divided into seven chapters, it covers topics such as being yourself, making friends, and being comfortable with your body, all big concerns as this age. There are feel-good, poster-like pages with positive sentiments (such as "Be your own kind of beautiful") alternating with questions and activities for readers to complete, such as lists of goals, a plan to cheer up friends during the day, and a grid to fill out of "what makes you awesome". There are lots of activities, but not all that many pictures to actually color, if you are looking for more of a coloring book. (Is this still a trend?)
Strengths: This would be great fun to give to a self conscious tween who is introspective and artistic. There's lots of good, current information on how to survive the tween years, although none of it is very specific.
Weaknesses: The reality is that most tweens would fill out the first ten pages and then lose the book under their bed. Still, if you need a gift, this is quite nice.
What I really think: Since this is an activity book, and I don't circulate these in the library, I will give this to a teacher who has four daughters.

I was a tragically weird middle school student, and even my best friend at the time agrees that if I were told "Be yourself, always, unique quirks and all," there is no way this would have ended well for me!

Ms. Yingling


  1. Couldn't you imagine Sue Heck in middle school coloring each and every page in this book and then putting them on her walls?

  2. Yeah, "be yourself" isn't really good advice for middle schoolers. Or for anyone really. I mean, "myself" is kind of a b*tch to be honest...

  3. Your final comment made me laugh. Sometimes we hold up the ideal of being your own unique self, but the reality might be a little off-putting. LOL!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction