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The Maker of Rainbows

Richard Le Gallienne

Book Overview: 

A Collection of fairy tale stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .that you change a child's tears into laughter, and turn an old half-witted woman back to a young girl, and make of a barren glebe a waving corn-field?"

And the man with the strange wheel answered:

"I am the maker of rainbows. I am the alchemist of hope. To me November is always May, tears are always laughter that is going to be, and darkness is light misunderstood. The sad heart makes its own sorrow, the happy heart makes its own joy. The harvest is made by the harvestman—and there is nothing hard or black or weary that is not waiting for the magic touch of hope to become soft as a spring flower, bright as the morning star, and valiant as a young runner in the dawn."

But the village of Twelve-trees was not to be convinced by such words made out of moonshine. Only the children believed in the laughing old man with the strange wheel.

"Rainbows!" mocked their fathers and mothers—"rainbows! Much good are rainbows to a sta. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great fairy tales! I wanted to read the Grimm Brother's fairy tales, and happened upon this collection by Le Gallienne in the library. It's only ~110 pages, but they are beautiful stories mostly about success (measured in different ways) from keeping your hopes high & being yourself. I've rea...more