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Reviewed by Jaycie F Cormac for Readers' Favorite
Author Deborah Solberg does a fantastic job with Rain Dancer. This sweet children's story is based on a young Indian girl who is lost on an adventure she had been warned against. The author does an excellent job displaying the lessons taught by the Cree people as well as Native American tribes in general. It offers children everywhere an inside look into a young Indian girl's life lessons and how she overcame challenges. Rain Dancer is also a coming of age tale. This is a beautiful, poetic tale that young children, especially young girls, can relate to and read over and over again. The illustrations are gloriously colorful and stunningly beautiful. They depict the experiences within the story exceptionally well. Young children, as well as young readers, will enjoy Solberg's Rain Dancer. Whether a parent or grandparent reads this well-written story to a younger child or a young reader picks it up and chooses to read it for themselves, it will captivate them.
Another wonderful aspect of Rain Dancer is that Deborah Solberg writes an unexpected outcome to the story. Rain Dancer is not a typical story of a child getting lost and then magically and with the help of forest creatures and the Great Spirit simply finding her way home. Instead, Solberg brings a much deeper meaning to the story of Rain Dancer and the journey the young Indian girl goes on. It offers a wonderful and powerful story to encourage other young girls to enjoy the practice of a non-attached state of mind. "The journey is the journey. No need to know the end before you begin. Enjoy beauty along the way. You will learn much." Those lines sum up the overall concept better than anything that can be written in a review. Well done!