Rainbow Colored Land

Rainbow Colored Land

Once upon a time I went to a birthday party. They gave out all different colored balloons. I got a blue one. But I wanted the bright red one that Suzy got. I put up a great big fuss until they gave me a red one just like Suzy's. But then something very strange happened.

As soon as I got that bright red balloon in my hand, it wasn't so bright red anymore. I thought the balloon must have had a problem or something, but then...

The same thing happened with the pretty pink jacket I wanted incredibly badly. Just as soon as my mother finally bought it for me, it must have changed color or something. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't that pretty, pretty pink anymore.

And then there was the day when the Luscious Lollipop, Most Marvelous Markers, and even the Totally Riveting Rainbow Colored Ices I had had major tantrums for, all changed color on me - immediately after I had them in my hands. Something was definitely going on. But I didn't know what.

Then that night I had a dream. I dreamed I was in Rainbow Colored Land. All over the place were lots of make-believe boys and girls. And they were all holding tons of toys and games and ices and candy and more stuff like that. And everything was rainbow colored! It was raining there, and it looked even more pretty that way because the raindrops were colored sprinkles that just made Rainbow Colored Land sparkle even more.

There was a funny rainbow colored clown there, holding hundreds of rainbow balloons. I walked up to him, and picked out my very favorite one. But the moment I had it in my hand - oh no - it started losing its colors.

A sparkling rainbow princess was standing at the entrance to her rainbow palace. She had loads of rainbow ice cream cones to give out. I ran towards her as fast as I could, and grabbed the most sparkling cone I saw, but then - I'm sure you guessed it - all of the sparkling colors just started melting away before my very eyes.

Quickly, quickly, I tried to grab everything that I possibly could in Rainbow Colored Land. I grabbed rainbow licorice sticks, rainbow ribbons, such beautiful rainbow dolls, and even rainbow chewing gum. But right away all their colors started disappearing!

"Please! Please!" I called, "Don't go away rainbow colors!" And the colors stopped disappearing.

"THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" I shouted. Do you know what happened then? ALL the wonderful rainbow colors came back. And they were sparkling more than ever before. Even the rainbow balloon and rainbow ice cream cone that I still had in my hands became as bright and shiny as could be!

I tried it again and again, and it worked each time. As long as I said "thank you" whenever I got something, it kept its rainbow sparkle.

And get this - if the colors started to go away later on - after awhile - all I had to do was say "thank you" even just inside of my heart - and then suddenly all the rainbow colors would burst back to life!

"THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" I shouted. And then I opened my eyes.

There was my Mom, standing right next to my bed. She was looking at me in a very funny way.

"Did I hear you say what I think I heard you say?" she asked. "Did you actually say 'thank you'? I didn't even know you knew those two words until now!"

I rubbed my eyes, and smiled up at my mother. Oh! I sure knew those words now. And I knew what they could do too. But... was Rainbow Colored Land just a dream - or was it real? I had to find out.

When my mother went out of my room, still puzzled, I walked over to my window and looked out.

It was raining outside.

And the rain didn't look at all like colored sprinkles falling down. But then I tried it. I said "thank you" very softly someplace inside my heart. And oh. The world began to sparkle!

Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of several children’s books, including Remarkable Park, What Do You See in Your Neighborhood? and The Invisible Book. You can contact Bracha for presentations or questions here.
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Bracha Goetz Baltimore June 22, 2017

:D Reply

Captain America Dallas, Texas, USA June 24, 2017
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Yup! Whatever :D means! Reply

Captain America Dallas, Texas, USA June 20, 2017

Yo, Bracha! I'm 12 now, and I still like your books!!! Reply

Spider-Man Dallas, Texas, USA January 7, 2017

Wow. Bracha Gooez called Captain America "Captain." How official. Just call me Spidey. I'm a kid! I'm not official! By the way, great story! Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore January 3, 2017

Thank you so much, Captain! Reply

Captain America Dallas, Texas, USA December 31, 2016

I LOVE THIS!! I love this sooooooooo much! Thank you! Reply

Captain America Dallas, Texas, USA December 17, 2016

You're welcome!! You're welcome!!!!!!!!! Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore December 13, 2016

Captain America :) Thank you so very much, Bella! Reply

Captain America Dallas, Texas, USA December 11, 2016

LOVE Bracha Goetz thank you! Listen-I'm not Captain America!! My real name is Bella Ricci, I'm 11 years old, and I love your stories! I hope you're reading this! Reply

Aami Kochi September 23, 2015

Thank you My mother and myself liked the story very much. Thank you Reply

Leah Engel adelaide, SA, Australia via kids.tzivoshashem.org January 9, 2013

wow! this is a really good story for kids my age [and younger] !! Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore, MD August 11, 2011

Thank you so much for your beautiful feedback and encouragement! Reply

Anonymous bangalore, india August 11, 2011

Superb Its simply superb! really inspiring , how true it is, in our daily life we ill forget to say thanks to a heavenly god also. Reply

Anonymous August 5, 2011

Beautiful This is a story that belongs in a fully illustrated story book, as well as a video version. But more than that, we adults can learn lots from it. Thank you for using your talent to inspire us all. Reply

Bracha Goetz Baltimore, MD May 16, 2011

Thank you so much! You are welcome to translate it! Reply

niki split, croatia May 15, 2011

thank you This is sooo great. My kids love it. May if be translate in Croatian and Italian? Reply

Mati Tel Aviv June 25, 2009

Great work! This is a beautiful short story, full of true insight and great for education of children. I congratulate you for that clear/clean insight.
Thank You :-). Reply