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Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  11 reviews
New Zealand is home to wave-filled coastlines, meandering trout streams, and the intense Maori culture. For Ryan, an elementary school teacher, it's also a world where animals are loved and lost and a brother is gone but never forgotten. For years Ryan dreamed of teaching overseas but would never break the bond with his first dog, Toughy. With Toughy's premature death, tho ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Solchin Media Group LLC
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Cynthia E Sherman
This is a Good Reads First Reads book giveaway. This book is amazing. It is non-fiction, but it is an easy read. There is constant movement within these scenes, and I can visualize myself on the adventures that this author has. I love the scenery, the animals, New Zealand, and especially the ending. This book is well written despite the author saying there are a few proofreading errors. I am working on looking for them now. My first reading was just getting to know the author, his life, his adve ...more
A wonderful multimedia memoir by inspirational author, educator, wanderer, Ryan Chin. For anyone that has ever lost someone close, or dreamt of leaving the path laid out in front of them, and finding something new.
The neighbor loaned me this book, and I loved it. A retired teacher, I could relate to his experiences. As as animal lover, I felt for his loss and new found love in Big Head. I found myself wanting to go to New Zealand. It is a good read.
Love this multi media book - interactive with videos. You can view the place Ryan is visiting. Loved learning about New Zealand and Ryan's journey. Heartfelt story of love, loss and living in the now.
Aug 23, 2012 Oceana marked it as to-read
This compelling story relates to how I see myself teaching. I would love to visit New Zealand and what better way to know about the Maori Culture but read about it in a first account story.
good stuff- truly a refreshing little yarn!
i enjoyed the direct/honest style-
there is something for everyone in this book.
Lisa Cohn
This is a beautifully written and touching story about the author's adventures as a teacher in New Zealand and about healing from loss. It has something for every reader--adventure, heartbreak and romance and is full of pearls of wisdom. The author opens his heart in ways that make you like him instantly and cheer for him, hoping he'll get the teaching job, the girl of his dreams, and find happiness. As a reader who, like the author, has lost a brother and recently a dog, this book brought me to ...more
Ryan Chin
Hello! I am the author of Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows, a pet and teacher memoir sandwiched into an overseas adventure. The story is a multimedia experience if you want it to be one. There are two dozen videos that I shot and edited to enhance the story.

The videos are meant to be viewed between the lines as you are reading—I have taken great care in choosing the videos’ content and their placement with the goal of building on the ideas, emotions, or images presented in the text. Some a
I like this book very much. The story was fascinating and full of such interesting characters. Really keeps your interest. I like the idea Ryan Chin had to combine his video talents with his writing talents but it didn't work for me as he envisioned. It could easily be done with an iPad or something like that. I'm not sure how it would work on Kindle. Anyway, I enjoyed them separately and could recall the writing when I watched the video first and vice versa. Very clever. "Mistah Chinn's" voice ...more
Interesting guy and I can relate to his heartbreak at the loss of his beloved Toughy. I also found his teaching methodology and ideas really interested. I'd never really thought much about how to teach 5-7 year olds, that it's more than just rote learning of letters and numbers etc.
And the culture and setting were also really interesting. Enjoyable read.
Thank you GoodReads Giveaways. And thank you Ryan Chin for personally sending me a signed copy of your book. I loved this story. It virtually hums and glows with all the beauty of a rainbow. It is an affirmation of life and love from Mr. Chin to anyone who reads it.
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