Rainbow Brite and the Big
by Leslie McGuire
Far away at the end of the rainbow, there is a magical place called
Rainbow Land. Rainbow Brite, her horse Starlite, the Color Kids and
all the little sprites live there.
Rainbow Brite is a lovable little girl who uses magic Star Sprinkles
to color our world and make our lives brighter and happier. The
Color Kids, Rainbow Brite's helpers, make sure there are always
enough Star Sprinkles on hand.
Come and meet the Color Kids. Buddy Blue loves sports. He is always
organizing teams and activities. He is in charge of the color blue.
Shy Violet is very, very smart. She loves to read and write and
solve problems. She is in charge of violet. Indigo is very
beautiful and would love to be an actress. Her color is indigo.
Canary Yellow is a cheerful little girl who loves to make everyone
smile. Yellow is her specialty.
Patty O' Green, a mischievous little imp who always likes a
practical joke, is in charge of green.
Red Butler, dashing, daring, and smooth-talking is always in search
of new adventures. His color is red. LaLa Orange, frilly and
flirtatious, knows just want she wants, and usually gets it. She
has a very big crush on Red Butler. Orange is her color.
Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids live in the Color Castle. The
Color Castle has star-shaped windows and rainbow-arched doorways.
It's the happiest home there ever was. Starlite, Rainbow Brite's
magical flying horse, loves to eat the sweet clover that grows all
around the castle.
The sprites -- the furry little workers of Rainbow Land -- live in
little dome-shaped houses. They work in the mines and Prism Ponds
of each color area, making the Star Sprinkles.
"Come, everyone," Rainbow Brite said to the Color Kids very early
one morning. "I think it's time we brightened things up all over
"Let's go now, before anyone wakes up," said Canary Yellow. "That
way, everything will be bright and beautiful for them when they
first look outside."
Rainbow and the Color Kids raced off to Rainbow Falls. They quickly
collected all the Star Sprinkles they would need. Rainbow Brite's
favorite sprite, Twink, bustled back and forth ordering everyone
"I think we're reading to go," said Rainbow. "Twink, you come,
too." She called Starlite. He arrived in an instant, and they all
It was a lovely day, but things did look a little dull. The grass
wasn't as green as it could be, and the red roses were starting to
glad we came," said Shy Violet. "All the colors can use a little
touch-up this morning."
then, just as the Color Kids got out their Star Sprinkles, something
very strange began to happen.
"Oh, no. What is it?" cried LaLa Orange.
"Don't worry, LaLa," Red Butler answered, sounding very strong and
brave. "I'll take care of everything!"
there was nothing he could do. There was nothing anyone could do.
A dark gray fog was rolling in over the hills. At first it was thin
and wispy, but soon it was as thick as pea soup!
"I can't see!" yelled Buddy Blue.
"Where is everybody?" cried Indigo. "I'm scared!"
"Don't worry," Canary Yellow said firmly. "It's just a fog, and it
will probably go away soon."
isn't soon enough!" yelled Patty O' Green. "I can't even find
"Ouch!" squeaked Twink.
"Be careful, everyone," said Rainbow Brite. But it was too late.
Patty O' Green tripped on a log. Her Star Sprinkles flew up in the
air. Buddy Blue fell over Patty O' Green. His Star Sprinkles
Canary Yellow bumped into a tree. She dropped her Star Sprinkles
and couldn't find them anywhere.
LaLa Orange got so upset she was afraid to move. But she forgot to
hold onto her Star Sprinkles, and they fell to the ground.
Shy Violet ran into Red Butler. She threw her Star Sprinkles up in
the air. Red Butler stumbled around trying to help. He fell into
Indigo sat down right where she was and started to cry. Twink found
Starlite--or what he thought was Starlite--and held onto his leg as
tightly as he could.
Then, just as suddenly as it had come, the fog lifted. Rainbow
Brite, the Color Kids, Starlite, and Twink gazed around in horror!
The grass was yellow and orange, and the sky was green. The lake
was red, and the leaves were violet. All the flowers were indigo
"Oh, no!" cried LaLa Orange. "What a terrible mix-up!"
"Quick!" said Rainbow Brite. "We'd better have a fast fix-up!"
Color Kids found their Star Sprinkles and started working.
"Hurry," cried Shy Violet. "We must get finished before everybody
Soon the grass was green as grass, and the leaves were back to
green, too. The sky was blue as sky, and the lake was blue again,
too. The violets were violet. The roses were red. The daffodils were
yellow, and the pansies were orange. Everything was right again.
"We did it!" yelled Rainbow Brite. Starlite pawed the ground in
delight, while Twink danced all around the happy Color Kids.
time we got back to Rainbow Land," said Indigo. "All the people
will be awake again.
Rainbow, Starlite, Twink, and the Color Kids all flew up into the
sky on a rainbow. Starlite was so pleased, he took a nice long dip
and swooped back close to the ground for another look.
idea, Starlite," said Rainbow Brite. "Let's check and make sure
that everything is back the way it's supposed to be."
As they took one last turn, Rainbow noticed a little boy standing at
his bedroom window. He was looking out, rubbing his eyes in
amazement. A little girl was standing next to him.
"I had the funniest dream last night," Rainbow heard the little boy
say. "I dreamed I woke up early, and when I looked out the window,
everything was wrong!"
do you mean, 'wrong'?" asked the little girl.
"The sky was green, and the grass was yellow and orange," said the
little boy. "The lake was red, and the leaves were violet!"
silly thing," said the girl, yawning. "What a funny thing to
"Well, maybe it wasn't a dream!" said the little boy, thoughtfully.
course it was a dream!" said the little girl with a giggle. "Things
don't just change color like that!"
Rainbow Brite winked at the Color Kids and smiled a very cheery
smile. "Wouldn't they be surprised if they knew the truth?" she
Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids, and Twink, too, all flew home to
Rainbow Land. What a funny story they would all tell the sprites!