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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Action & Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Adventures of Puff
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:296
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781483581507

The Rainbow Forest

by Wallace C. Kamens View author's profile page

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Puff finally admits to himself he is lost, which is generally not something you want to accept when alone in the forest. But the Rainbow Forest is not just any forest and Puff, not just any cat.

The Rainbow Forest is a beautifully illustrated middle-grade epic adventure written entirely in rhymed-verse. It is the first book in the series: The Adventures of Puff, and portrays a cat’s journey through the wilds of a New England forest.

The adventure begins when Puff strays from home drawn by the lure of The Rainbow Forest. Soon everything changes as he encounters a new world of challenging landscapes, formidable adversaries and curious friends culminating in the story’s breathtaking climax.

It’s a tale of honor, courage, the value of loyalty in friendship and the relentless desire to fulfill a dream


An inquisitive cat named Puff wanders from home in rural Vermont and becomes lost in the Rainbow Forest. After running into a gallant deer named Jumper, Puff joins his proud companion in search of a secret cave hidden behind a towering waterfall to rest for the night.

During their journey, Jumper explains the rules of the forest as they encounter unusual friends along the way. The next day Puff and Jumper explore an enormous cavern at the far end of the cave where Puff has a near fatal accident. Then before emerging from behind the waterfall, a section of the rocky steps give way, as the unforgiving force of the falls pushes Jumper forever down.

Now alone, Puff continues through the forest where he stumbles upon a conniving fox named Felix. After a clever dialogue and narrow escape, Puff meets two brother otters who disguise Puff as they slip past the fox and a dangerous den of wolves.

Eventually Puff begins the long climb home. There he encounters a groundhog named Digger who proves helpful when Felix unexpectedly arrives and forces their refuge to an intricate network of underground tunnels. Felix manages to catch up with the cat nevertheless just as Puff is snatched from the sky by a Great Horned Owl named Obadiah.

Later on—two hunters disable the wise owl forcing Puff to continue his journey alone as the relentless fox catches up with the cat one last time. Puff manages to escape by leaping in face-paced rapids that carry him quickly to the most treacherous falls of all. Attempting to save Puff before he reaches the falls, the otters gain help from a large black bear named Boaz as they ascend the cliffs near the base of the falls while Jumper approaches from upstream. Obadiah manages to lift Puff from the turbulent waves to a rock in the middle of the stream just as a golden eagle named Erastus tries to steal Puff away.

Finally overcoming Obadiah, Erastus attempts to snatch Puff from Jumpers rescue and, in the confusion, Puff is tossed into the gushing torrents that push him over the falls.

Will Puff survive such a deadly descent and, if he does, how will he ever find his way home?

About the author

The author began writing poetry at an early age developing an insatiable desire for the English Romantic Poets and Transcendentalists. He attended countless classes in literature and writing as an undergraduate to better hone his skills and direction.

Over the years he developed a unique style of weaving mixed meters in rhymed-verse associated with various types of animals in his epic adventures. The meters and rhythms were inspired musically with his talent for playing nearly all types of string instruments, particularly the mandolin, bouzouki, and taropatch.

Touched with a natural sense of rhythm and meter for both writing and music, he became more interested in the music side with the desire to teach, and pursued a Music Education degree at Westminster Choir College in Princeton New Jersey, then afterward continuing at Elizabethtown College in Music Therapy. Eventually, after traveling around the world studying modal variations in various countries he found himself in Middleburg Florida, where he co-owned a successful Montessori school for many years. It’s at this point he realized firsthand the power of rhymed-verse and the effect it has on children—and began writing The Rainbow Forest.

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