Children’s Book ‘Sofia’s Rainbow’ Now Available – Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Children’s Literacy Programs

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Just in time for the holidays, Award-winning author Lina Simoni has teamed up with Italian illustrator Laura Furlan to bring to life 'Sofia's Rainbow,' a book for children and young adults that teaches a message of acceptance and respect for others.

In today's world, filled with racial and religious hatred, Sofia's Rainbow is a treasure. It's entertaining, moving, and esthetically beautiful, with 43 original watercolor illustrations. It is also a powerful educational tool.

Award-winning author Lina Simoni has teamed up with Italian illustrator Laura Furlan to bring to life Sofia's Rainbow, a book for children and young adults that teaches a message of acceptance and respect for others. The book is available for sale at http://www.sofiasrainbow.com and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to children’s literacy programs. Simoni will host an official launch party for the book in early 2012.

“In today's world, where we often see images that are filled with racial and religious hatred, Sofia's Rainbow is a treasured contrast,” says Simoni. “The lesson Sofia learns is that even though things may not always be as we expect them to be, our differences should be valued and respected. I felt it was important to tell this type of story through the eyes of a child, and spread the message that love and understanding of others is critical for the survival of our modern world.”

Sofia’s Rainbow is set in Istanbul, Turkey, on the shores of the Golden Horn, where young Sofia is lonely and dreams of climbing rainbows. She strikes a friendship with Incir (In-jir), a kitten who eats figs and is afraid of heights. Sofia and Incir share a life-changing adventure, at the end of which Incir gains Sofia's unconditional love and trust, and Sofia learn the importance of tolerance, acceptance, and respect for diversity. Illustrator Laura Furlan worked for many years in the world of fine dining as an illustrator, reporter, and translator. Her renderings of Sofia and Incir provide a warm and tender touch to the story.

The book is priced at $14.99, and $4 from each sale will be given to two children’s literacy programs, First Book and Tools for Tomorrow. First Book (http://www.firstbook.org) is a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. that buys books for children who can't afford them. Tools for Tomorrow (http://www.afterschooltools.org) is a Palm Springs area program that provides children with free after-school training in the arts such as music, drama, writing, and visual arts.

“I believe that Sofia’s Rainbow reinforces the message that Tools for Tomorrow wishes children to learn, especially the message of respect for others and not judging others based on their appearance,” says Ed DiNicola, Executive Director of Tools for Tomorrow. “We feel it might even be used in our program as a prompt for creative writing.”

Simoni was born in Genoa, Italy and moved to the U.S. in 1988. She is the author of two novels, award-winning "The Scent of Rosa's Oil" published in the US, Germany, and Greece, and "The House of Serenades," which will appear in the U.S. in April of 2012. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, and the Palm Springs Writers' Guild. At the moment she is working on her third novel, "The Cabinet Spell." Simoni is also an accomplished artist and photographer, and has shown her work both here in the U.S. and in Europe.

In 2011 Simoni founded a publishing house, Moonleaf Publishing, which will be accepting submissions as of January 2012. For more information about Sofia’s Rainbow, visit http://www.sofiasrainbow.com.

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