Beautiful readers...today we'd like to give a
Twig and Toadstool welcome to Kathy Parra...author of
Love is the Color of a Rainbow
Kathy...please tell our readers...what inspired you to write your book "Love is the Color of a Rainbow"?
When I was in sixth grade the teacher asked if anyone wanted to assist with the special needs students, I raised my hand and said, “Pick me!” I was paired up with many children but one in particular who we will call Willow, Willow explained to me that she had been blind since birth, each day I went in there to assist her with her Braille reading, which I might add she so wanted me to learn, but I never did. She would sit flitting her tiny fingers over the bumps in the thin translucent paper at rapid speed and I would pencil scratch my stories just as furiously, one day she asked me “what are you writing?” I told her I like to write stories about nature, she asked me to read them to her, she would delight in my story making and I would delight in her listening, we spent many a lunch hour eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as I read my nature stories.
One day out of the blue Willow took out her pear from her lunch bag, and said “I wish I knew what my pear looked like” “Kathy” she asked “what does a pear look like?” I started with well it’s green on the outside; she said, “what does green look like?” I knew then and there I was to take her in nature to share what the pear looked like, so I took her under a beautiful mulberry tree on the schoolyard as she stood under the tree I took her hand and let her feel the green leaves I said these are leaves and they are green and it is the same color as the outside of the pear, she said oh it is smooth-warm, then I ran her hand over the branch to which would be the sense of the stem of the pear, I said this is the stem and it is a brownish green, oh she said, this too feels smooth yet strong, yes-yes! I was excited that she was associating the feel-sense of what I was sharing in a feeling sense, putting feelings to the colors, then I took her to the sand box and ran her fingers through the sand, I said the inside of the pear, it a soft white color yet as you bite into the pear there is just a bit of grit, she ran her fingers through the sand, then taking a bite of pear, she said oh it feels like life, like it has energy, when I feel the sand and then bite the pear I feel life-energy! Needless to say Willow quickly began to associate most everything in her daily life with a feeling for a color, she even made up her own colors! Willow often told me I was like a lot of colors put together, saying that all those colors were love. In that short amount of time that we spent together I was grateful for her friendship and she for mine, I think we both knew it was transient and as they say a reason- season or a lifetime. , My greatest inspiration though comes in and of my three children - all girls! And they are 21-17 and 13. they were an inspiration to and for me and continue to be so; they have been my greatest teachers! I am honored and blessed to be in the presence of such graceful wisdom!
What is your book about?
Willow, a little girl who has been blind since birth hears pit-pats of the first summer rain, she quickly encourages her Mama to go outside, Mama shares all the colors of a rainbow with Willow through nature, there Willow experiences that “Love is the Color of a Rainbow."
Author Kathy Parra, or Kap, by her nickname, loves gardening, talking with nature, especially with dolphins, vegan cooking and baking, bike riding, and skipping for joy where she lives in Mesa, Arizona with her partner Tony and their three girls Ariana, Chenoa, and Asha.
Thank you SO much Kathy for sharing your story with our readers.
Now onto our giveaway...you can win a copy of this beautiful book for your family by leaving a comment below.
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Congratulations to our winner...DaffodilAngel...our winner was picked via Random Number Generator!
Kathy graciously shared her book with us and I know it will appeal to SO many of you...it's a beautiful story and will be sure to spark many a conversation in your home about Mother Earth in all her splendor!
Good luck everyone...
with Rainbow LOVE
xo maureen & shanti
ps...below is some additional information about the book...and where to purchase if interested.
"Love is the Color of a Rainbow" with it's gentle pastel chalk illustrations invites children to experience nature through their senses-discovering what colors of the rainbow they might chose. It also fosters a parent/child interaction as they share a nature walk; in so doing empowering children through their senses in nature is a wonderful way for children to understand their relationship with nature as interconnectedness, that with nature we are one. It is no secret that children who engage in nature experience less stress, better concentration, increased creativity and higher self esteem. So come join Willow and Mama on a nature walk through all the colors of a rainbow in "Love is the Color of a Rainbow"
The book is 8.5X11 soft cover. the book is printed on 100% eco friendly paper http://ecofriendlyprinter.com/ A portion of the proceeds from your purchase of this book will support nature and environmental organizations. customers may purchase up to six copies from my website, after this customers will want to connect with me as to how to purchase..