The Rainbow People

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

We here at OutlooK-12 celebrate diversity and believe that exposure to other cultures is an enriching experience.  Because of this, we are featuring a special “School Library” section this month with selected titles from a list of must-have multicultural books for children and preteens.  Originally compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the full list is available on the National Education Association’s website and can be viewed at


“The Rainbow People” by Lawrence Yep
Illustrated by David Wiesner Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0064404419

In a land where animals talk; ghosts are able to marry and seemingly common, everyday objects like rocks and streams are actually magical, anything no matter how fantastic is possible.  Within this collection of Chinese folktales, money rains down from heaven, and dragons can be found toiling in the fields.  A plain white mouse is still able to bring his faithful mistress happiness and vast wealth.  And the clumsiest boy in the village becomes the greatest bridge builder in all of China.  By turns lyrical, haunting and mystical, here are twenty tales as rich and as varied as the culture that inspired and nourished them.