The Rainbow Tree, sitting in the center of the village, has branches so large and so high that no one could see the top of the Rainbow Tree. The villagers do not know that a family of monkeys lives in the Rainbow Tree. Just like the leaves on the Rainbow Tree, each monkey is different.
A very young, boy monkey named Reuben likes to ride on his mother’s back, just as many baby monkeys do. His mother tells Reuben to hold on tight so that he will not fall, but Reuben wants to play with the older monkeys, even though he isn’t old enough yet to jump from branch to branch. He decides to sneak away from his mother while she is asleep. Reuben jumps from one branch to another branch and then jumps again—but then he misses the tree branch and begins to fall! Can the Rainbow Tree rescue Reuben?
In this children’s story, a small monkey named Reuben ignores his mother, jumps from branch to branch in the Rainbow Tree, and falls—learning a valuable lesson in the process.