Children’s birthdays are a time of reflection to look back over the previous year and remember the day that child arrived in the world. A Waldorf tradition is to tell the birthday story—the tale of a little soul who crossed the rainbow bridge, came to Earth, found a loving family, and became the birthday boy or girl.
The birthday story has been told for generations and holds a unique place in the hearts and memories of thousands of families. Through the Rainbow is a faithful and inspiring retelling of the best-known version of the story by parenting coach and Waldorf parent Lou Harvey-Zahra. It is accompanied by soft, ethereal illustrations by Waldorf artist and teacher Sara Parrilli.
This beautiful picture book can become part of a family’s traditions, read each year to celebrate your child’s special day. Through the Rainbowcan also be personalized and made unique for each birthday child.
(Ages 4 to 10 years)
Lou Harvey-Zahra grew up and did her teacher training in England. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she has taught in a number of different kindergarten, primary, special needs and Steiner-Waldorf school settings. She runs conscious parenting workshops and is the author of Happy Child, Happy Home; Creative Discipline, Connected Family; and Through the Rainbow: A Waldorf Birthday Story for Children.
Sara Parrilli is an artist and Waldorf teacher living in New York State. She holds a BA in Fashion Design, from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and trained in anthroposophically-based painting for two years at the Free Columbia Art Course in Philmont, NY. She completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Alkion Center and is currently working at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, in Ghent, NY.