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Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  12 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
Oct 28, 2012 Cynthia E Sherman rated it it was amazing
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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
Brett
Jul 24, 2012 Brett rated it it was amazing
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.
Oceana
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.
Lisa Cohn
Nov 28, 2014 Lisa Cohn rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2012 Ryan Chin rated it it was amazing
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
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Lela
Oct 13, 2012 Lela rated it really liked it
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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
Janet
Aug 29, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing
There were some parts of the book that I plan to copy out ... to have handy to think about again and again in different times and situations. He writes partly about teaching in a small village in New Zealand, but it is more his relationship with people and the community that is front & center.
Kristen
Mar 01, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
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.
Patricia
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.
El
Aug 12, 2012 El rated it it was amazing
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.
Ry
Dec 02, 2011 Ry rated it it was amazing
good stuff- truly a refreshing little yarn!
i enjoyed the direct/honest style-
there is something for everyone in this book.
Mary
Oct 21, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
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Thank you GoodReads First Reads giveaways for my winning copy of this book. It is an affirmation of life and love.
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