Coloring the Rainbow - Book Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I am working with The Children's Book Review and Catherine Rose to bring you this post and giveaway.

Today we are sharing a fun new picture book that is about the power of connection, diversity, and inclusion which is shown through musical instruments. The book is Coloring the Rainbow: A Story about the Power of Connection by Catherine Rose and illustrated by Jeffrey Dale. There is a giveaway at the end of this post!

About the Book:

Coloring the Rainbow: The Power of Connection Written by Catherine Rose & Illustrated by Jeff Dale

Ages: 3-8 | 32 Pages | Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press (2023) | ISBN: 9781643436371

Publisher’s Book Summary: 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.



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


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:

From Me:

This is such a sweet story. I love how music is used to show the importance of diversity and inclusion. It truly shows the power of connection and coming together. Think about music. Do you like a song by one instrument or multiple? This book shares how adding different instruments can add to the harmony. The words are well chosen and flow in a musical manner as well. 

I also love how the people vary with race, ability and more. It shows the diversity of the music as well as connecting it to people. The words and flow of the story is perfect for reading aloud. It portrays the message in a fun way. The boy makes beautiful music alone and wants to share it but as he does others join him and the music gets better! Such a simple message but it is written so beautifully. The diversity is shown in the pictures as well as some of the instruments. The book shares instruments like Scottish bagpipes and Korean janguu (a drum). 

I would love to see this book read aloud in a classroom or story time. The words are wonderful, but the illustrations add even more diversity. I would hope the reader would discuss the diversity of the children, animals and instruments. Or perhaps ask the kids what they see. The diversity of humans is often described as a rainbow and this book includes that in the title. Now can you create a color in the rainbow. The book uses music to create one. What will you use?

To go with this book check out our posts about musical instruments (including crafts to make your own) and rainbows. I hope you will check this fun book out!


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

Coloring the Rainbow Book Giveaway