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A Rainbow in her Pocket

A children's book for everyone

Children's book A Rainbow in her Pocket

“Have you ever seen a sheep standing tiptoe on the ears 

of a very tall giraffe while a crowd looks on and cheers?

And have you seen an owl helping them to tug

a rainbow from the sky, like a multi-coloured rug?”


This is the story of Mala the rhino who can’t help feeling blue after her friend moves away. Her friends, an owl, a sheep and a not-so-humble giraffe get together with sun and create a crazumptious plan to show Mala that blue is as beautiful as all the other colours. 

This colourful story of friendship Love and loss will delight children while encouraging them to embrace their emotions in a healthy way. 

"Yes! A delightful story with so much heart. A gorgeous book for all ages!" 

Tej Steiner, Founder of Heart Circles, Author of Waking up with everyone around us, OR, USA

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why did you write A Rainbow in her Pocket?

I first met Mala the rhino at the Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve in Kent, UK.  Berry, one of her keepers, introduced me, she was the most beautiful, gentle, sensitive creature and she had such a profound effect on me that I couldn't stop thinking about her.


While I was playing with my friend's five year old son one day, a character with a rainbow in his pocket appeared in our game and before I knew it, I was telling him a story about how the rainbow helped him to know that sadness was beautiful too. 

Mala the rhino popped into my head, as she had seemed so sad somehow and was so beautiful at the same time. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in a cafe writing "A Rainbow in her Pocket."

This book shares the wisdom that all feelings are not only of value, but make us who we are in all our splendor - if we are only able to see. Amanda Jayne, in her tale, beseeches you to see. Truly glorious."


Natalie Prior, Child and Adolescent Therapist, Kent, UK

"At last, a beautiful children's story with depth. I have longed to read my son books with humor and sweetness, but most importantly content around human emotions. Amanda has cleverly managed to weave the importance of friendship, understanding and acceptance of the self, and each other, in a heart-warming rhyme. We loved it!"


 Diane Bundy (mum) and Story age 6, UK

"This is a beautiful, heartfelt story of friendship, I love the way the characters work together to help Mala feeI better. Amanda Jayne uses color words in such a crafty way for young readers. I would love to share this wonderful story with my kindergarten students and can use it to teach across our curriculum." 

Caprice Allen, Kindergarten teacher, Philadelphia, USA

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A Rainbow in her pocket is written and illustrated by Amanda Jayne

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