Mary Ann got on her brand new bike. She put a
foot on one pedal, then one on the other. The
bike teetered back and forth and toppled over.
Mary Ann sat on the ground crying. She was
sad and blue and had some bumps and bruises,
too. "It’s been a week since I got my new
bike," she moaned. "And I still can’t ride it! I don’t know why I wanted this dumb old bike anyway!" she
Mary Ann went inside. "l can’t ride that bike! I can’t!" she said as she climbed the stairs to her room. She put on her
pajamas and climbed in bed. Hugging her Rainbow Brite doll in
her arms, she fell into a troubled sleep.
Rainbow Brite just hated seeing Mary Ann so unhappy. She
wriggled out of her arms and climbed up on her pillow. She
whispered in the little girl's ear and Mary Ann began to dream. "Where am l?" Mary Ann asked rubbing her eyes.
"In Rainbow Land, of course!" Rainbow Brite smiled. "Just
look around you."
Mary Ann couldn’t believe her eyes! "lt’s so beautitul!" she
sighed. "But how did I get here?"
"Oh, that doesn’t matter," said Rainbow Brite. "What’s important is that you are. Come on, I want you to meet someone."
Rainbow Brite led Mary Ann down a colorful trail. A beautiful
horse came up and greeted them. "This is Starlite," Rainbow Brite said. "He’s my best friend and he’s very gentle.
Would you like to ride him?"
Mary Ann wanted to ride Starlite very much, but she was
afraid. "l don’t think I can," she said.
"Oh, don’t be silly," answered Rainbow Brite. "Of course you
can. All you have to do is really believe you can."
Mary Ann climbed onto Starlite and held onto his mane. Starlite
walked very slowly. Then, he went a little faster. "Hey, this isn’t
so scary!" Mary Ann cried. Soon, Starlite’s feet left the ground
and the two were flying through the sky!
When they landed, Mary Ann was laughing. "That was wonderful — and I wasn’t afraid at all!"
Rainbow Brite gave Mary Ann a big hug. "See! If you really
believe in yourself you can do anything!"
When Mary Ann woke up, she was very excited. Her dream
had seemed so real! She got dressed, grabbed her Rainbow Brite
doll and ran right outside to try her bike. "If I can fly through the
sky on a horse, this should be easy!" she exclaimed.
Mary Ann put Rainbow Brite down and got on her bike. It
teetered over and she fell to the ground. She got up and tried
again. Kerplop! She fell again but she kept on trying and on her
third try, she did it! "I knew I could! I knew I could!" she
shouted. "All I had to do was believe in myself!"
Rainbow Brite just smiled.