The Rainbow Makers:


A childrens' book about a group of Frog Kings Who dislike each other because of their different colors who learn to work together to reach a common goal.

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The Rainbow Makers:

Written and illustrated by Shawn Darling


   As a child I was strongly influenced by the creations of Jim Henson, the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the magic of David Copperfield which brought magic into my life. As a  father I have sought for a way to keep magic alive in the lives of my children. This book was born out of that desire and wanting to find a way to teach children tolerance of people of different races, religions, gender and culture. I wrote the book to open the minds of children to the fact that our differences can be our strengths and to show that those differences and strengths can enable us to work together to reach a common goal.

   If kids could have an opportunity to hear the messages in this book regularly it could have such a positive impact on how they view each other. My goal is to get this published in hardcover, paperback and e-book and into the hands of many parents and children with the hope of enabling children's minds to remain open to the beauty of other races and cultures and people who are different than ourselves in various ways.


    As an artist I drew upon the works which inspired me as a youth and created illustrations with the focus on vibrant colors and bold lines to grab and hold the attention of the reader while maintaining warmth.

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