Another night, it might have
been a fish rainbow, a monster rainbow, or even a
These stories, about rainbows and fairies and
witches and ghosts and other things, were the few
that Edward remembers from the days when his
children were small and appreciated the magic of
fairyland and the lively imagination of their
father. Most of the stories that he told then,
including those of Cartoonland and of the Walking
Heads, were told once and are gone forever. But
all of the Rainbow Stories have survived.
No publisher will accept this anthology. The
vocabulary is for adults and older children, and
the concepts are for young children.
But perhaps the pleasure that Edward’s children
felt can be felt by other people young at heart.
There is, however, a serious message. The Fairy of
Good Vision, who appears in many of the Rainbow
Stories, bases her behavior and even her color on
the work of rebel eye doctor William H. Bates,
teaching in “The Happy Rainbow” a visual exercise
that helps prevent young children from acquiring
the need for eyeglasses.
Take a trip to Fairyland. It’s a lovely place.
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