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Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  13 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
Sep 26, 2012 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
Zenaido Bueno
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can relate to his situation after losing a pet and moving out of your comfort zone. I live in the same state and moved twice away from everyone and being around a different atmosphere. It's been almost a year since my Geisha (dog) was put to sleep and I think about her when I go on walks especially along Lake Michigan. She would have loved it. He reminisces about the past and at times the past doesn't let's us move on so live the present which I think most of us forget about and let the future ...more
Brett
Jul 24, 2012 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 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.
Ryan Chin
Jul 15, 2012 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
Aug 24, 2012 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
Lisa Cohn
Nov 28, 2014 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
Kristen
Sep 24, 2012 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 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.
Janet
Aug 29, 2015 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.
Mary
Aug 11, 2012 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.
Ry
Sep 23, 2011 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.
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