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Dolly writes children’s book, ‘I Am a Rainbow’

Published January 1, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

A book that uses the colors of the rainbow to teach children about expressing their emotions

Dolly wrote her second book for children, “I Am a Rainbow,” with illustrator Heather Sheffield, in 2009 on the Putnam imprint. The book teaches children to connect their emotions with colors so they can better express their feelings and emotions. In a Time magazine interview about the project, Dolly said,

“I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we’re sad, and being yellow when we’re cowards, and when we’re mad, we’re red. It’s really about us all having these colors, and it’s O.K. to have them, but it’s learning how to deal with them and what to do with them. It’s a sweet little book done in rhyme. I hope to write lots and lots of children’s books through the years.”

Dolly sees the writing as part of her goal to get children reading, a project she started in 1996 with her Imagination Library. On “Larry King Live” she discussed the book,

“Well, actually, this is catered to little children. We have the Imagination Library, you know, where I give a book a month to every child from the time it’s born until it starts kindergarten through my Imagination Library at the Dollywood — through the Dollywood Foundation at Dollywood. So this little book is called ‘I Am a Rainbow’ and it is about all the different moods of children.”

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton. Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons Creative Director - Sarah Chapman Senior Editor - Amanda Webb

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