Friday, May 23, 2014

Journey to Rainbow Island - a book review

Good day everyone.  Thank you for visiting me today on my blog.  Hope your week has gone well and you are looking forward to a fun, relaxing weekend.  The answer to yesterday's book quote is:

                                            "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster

Today's quote for you to ponder is:

                  "It was not that Omri didn't appreciate Patrick's birthday present to him."

Today's featured book:

Title:  Journey to Rainbow Island
Author:  Christie Hsiao
Ages:  8-12

About the book:

Rainbow Island is the perfect place to live.  It is a magical place where everything on the island lives in harmony and LOVE is the fuel that drives it.  Yu-ning, a beautifully spirited eleven year old, lives on the island with her peers and they play and romp freely in total happiness.  

One day a dragon (Obsidigon), who is conjured up by a dark wizard (Hobaling) appears and nearly destroys the beautiful, tranquil island leaving a wide path of destruction and injuries to those living there.  Yu-ning's best friend, Romeo is captured by the beast and taken to some unknown destination which breaks her heart and awakens a seed of obligation and determination deep inside of her to rescue her cherished friend and restore her beloved island back to its original state.  The reader finds out that that veridict was pre-ordained and Yu-ning has been chosen to carry out the mission long before this disaster struck.  She is a Darq Render by birth and she is called to step up and venture into many snares and dangers but to do so she must recover a magical bow and quiver of supernatural arrows that will completely obliterate that evil dragon. By so doing she will resurrect her island from its ashes into its majestical state once again.

Along the way she has help from her master teacher, Metatron, a magnificent flying bird called Suparana and a bright pink dolphin called Minkaro.  Throughout her journey she is able to encounter  lost souls along the way that are oppressed and frightened and transports them to Rainbow Island where they will live out their days in the light, love and pure happiness that manifests itself there.  

It is a story of good vs evil, despair vs hope, light vs darkness, bondage vs freedom and hatred vs love.  It is enlightening and brings a very positive message to the world.  I loved the fact that Yu-ning is female and empowered to be the rescuer.  Girls need a strong role model that will inspire them and let them know that they too are capable of super-heroine acts of bravery.  The language is detailed, descriptive and the word flow beautiful.  I really loved the overall spiritual aspect of the book.  Love, light, freedom and peace are very powerful words and if these words are put into action more often our world will be a much better place in which to live.   If we become more like the islanders of Rainbow Island and emulate their model of community we can turn our world upside down and live in peace and harmony and love all the days of our lives. 

Take a peek at these pictures:  

    (they are not from the book as the book's pictures are in black and white and beautifully done)

About the author:

Best-selling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read. With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance o
n defining and choosing good books, and—for this new edition—includes two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of "Twenty Books That Children Love." Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a turn-to classic for educators and parents.

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantatic!)

Read on and read always!  Have an awesome day everyone.

No comments: