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Monday, November 13, 2023

AWARENESS TOUR: Coloring the Rainbow: The Power of Connection by Catherine Rose, Illustrated by Jeff Dale - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Time to bang on the drums, and blow the trumpets!  Today's AWARENESS TOUR is all about celebrating what makes you YOU and what makes everyone else special as well because together we create a pretty magnificent picture.  Don't believe me?  Well then, let's take a closer look between the epages of today's book of choice on tour now with The Children's Book Review...

Catherine Rose
Illustrated by
Jeff Dale
Ages: 3-8 | 32 Pages
Beaver’s Pond Press (2023)

About the book...
Coloring the Rainbow: The Power of Connection tells a story of the magic created when the unique talents of a diverse group of children are shared in a colorful adventure.

The adventure begins when we see through a boy’s window to find a young trombonist pausing his practice to wonder if other musical voices exist. When an alluring treble note wafts through his window, he begins an excited quest to find the answer. Playing his horn through his neighborhood, the boy draws other curious children to play their unique instruments along with him.

Together, they played:
“Lend your voice, play your part!
Something grand is beginning―
join us for the start!”

The procession of music makers is touched with magic when their combined voices, raised in harmony, orchestrate a colorful miracle.

The ease of poetry and vibrant illustrations make this book a perfect keepsake for any gift-giver wishing to explore the values of diversity and inclusion with young, loved ones.

This is a beautiful and heartwarming story the begins with a shared moment between a grandfather and his grandson.  His aim is to impart how big a mark one person, such as himself, can make on the world at large, and how much further that impact goes when we include others.  Obviously, the boy would seem skeptical, however, grandpa knows just how to share the message, and that leads us to the wonderfully illustrated, music filled story that follows.

How can a printed work be filled with music?  Ah, good question...but it's more a song you listen to with your heart, than your ears.  With every turn of the page, we see the young lad, who started gathering those that would become friends, add girls and boys from all walks of life and backgrounds into his makeshift parade turned celebration of all the colors of the rainbow...representing the spectrum of colors that we all represent metaphorically.  It's not simply red, blue, and yellow, but a young boy with a trombone, a young girl with a piccolo, bagpipe players, and string strummers, all playing together to create a beautiful, colorful song that celebrated the differences in all, while acknowledging that we're not all that different as well!  We all have hopes and dreams, fears and likes, darkness and light, but the more we come together, the more we seek to understand one another in lieu of changing each other, that's when the true HARMONY happens, and the song played is sweetest!

A great story time pick for young readers of all ages to remind us to celebrate the uniqueness that is YOU as well as ME, and to look for the ways we can come together to create a song worthy of remembrance for all the best reasons!



Catherine Rose is enjoying that time of life when one thinks of creating a legacy. What are the lessons learned from living life’s adventure that would benefit generations to come?

As a pediatric nurse, she wrote therapeutic stories to help children cope masterfully with injury and illness. Her present stories weave tales with similarly empowering messages to support children’s development of resilience, confidence and empathy. 

Rose writes from the back porch of her log home, inspired by the profile of Mount Jefferson in North Carolina. Married to her high school sweetheart, they now enjoy perpetual recess with their two grandchildren, whose favorite activity is to read a book written by Nana!

For more information, visit

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Jeff Dale’s foray into artistic design began when his boss at a printing shop asked him to design a logo for a client. While the logo was an impressive design, creating the art had an even more impressive effect on motivating a true passion for creative design.

Educated in the design world of Washington, DC, Jeff’s wide scope of interest and talent has inspired him to design, create, and build just about anything one can conceive of creating, including this debut as an illustrator of a children’s book. Jeff is the founder of Dale Design, situated in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife and two grown children.

His varied talent in artistic design can be appreciated by visiting his website:


Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Coloring the Rainbow and a $100 Amazon gift card!


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and for the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) This post is sponsored by Catherine Rose. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


Monday, October 23, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Friday, October 27, 2023
Author Interview with Catherine Rose

Monday, October 30, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Author Interview with Catherine Rose

Thursday, November 2, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Friday, November 3, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Monday, November 6, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
A Book Activity Paired with Coloring the Rainbow

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Thursday, November 9, 2023
Book Giveaway of Coloring the Rainbow

Friday, November 10, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Monday, November 13, 2023
Book Review of Coloring the Rainbow

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
An article by Catherine Rose

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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