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Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker Hardcover – Picture Book, May 22 2018

4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

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5th-6th grade Finalist in 2019 Children's Choice Book Awards

2019 ALA GLBT Round Table Rainbow Book List Selection

NCSS-CBC 2019 Notable Social Science Trade Book for Young People

National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)

"An enduring symbol of the LGBTQIAP+ community." -Booklist

"A colorful tribute to Gilbert Baker... creating the rainbow flag after a conversation with Harvey Milk. The art is beautiful and bright, transitioning powerfully from a subdued Kansan landscape to a flamboyant Bay Area.... It's clear this book has a lot of love for the flag's promise." --Kirkus Reviews

"The story of the rainbow flag is just as much Gilbert Baker's story as it is the LGBTQ+ movement's story. Dr. Gayle Pitman tells the story of a sensitive boy who loved art and grew up to unite the world. Holly Clifton-Brown's colorful illustrations give us an apple-cheeked, sweet-faced boy who just wants to create; her artwork goes wonderfully hand-in-hand with Dr. Pitman's prose to engender empathy in reader... This story pairs nicely with Rob Sanders and Steven Salerno's book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, which has a nice little cameo by a grown-up Gilbert. Sewing the Rainbow is a must-add to your biography collections." --Mom Read It

"I love how this story teaches us about Gilbert Baker and his legacy, but is also unapologetically direct about the importance of letting kids be themselves even if their personalities don't fit into some kind of society approved gender-specific boxes. Personalities are meant to shine, not be squashed and molded into a form that we think is appropriate." --From the Inside

"I am so happy to see a picture biography about Gilbert Baker and his legacy, which can at times become sidelined when when we focus on Harvey Milk in our queer history....I appreciate how paralleling the story of his creating the rainbow flag is his story of being free to be himself after childhood and early young adulthood experiences of peoples' disapproval of him. This is, of course, what the flag represents. The story celebrates unity, in diversity, symbols, creativity and that we should never feel ashamed of letting our inner sparkle show. The illustrations are bright and colorful, perfect for the story. This is an important addition to your units on inclusion, tolerance and lgbt history."--Miss Marple's Musings

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Magination Press; Illustrated edition (May 22 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1433829029
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1433829024
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 340 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.83 x 0.76 x 25.65 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

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By day, Gayle E. Pitman teaches psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. By night, she writes children's books and engages in other forms of subversive creativity. Her debut picture book, THIS DAY IN JUNE, won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, it was chosen as a Top Ten pick on the GLBTRT's Rainbow List, and it won the Notable Books for a Global Society award. Her newest book, WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Gayle lives with her partner and child in Northern California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Adding color to our (previously) Kansas-like library.
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adding color to our (previously) Kansas-like library.
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2019
This simple children’s book was an interesting read. It’s intelligently written. You’re really reading two different stories...

You’re reading with child eyes the story of a sad young boy who finally finds color in his life.

You’re also reading with adult eyes the story the man who first created the Pride flag; Gilbert Baker. It’s a story of emotional abuse, pain, confusion, defeat, the Vietnam War draft, systematic bigotry/abuse, empowerment, healing, and love.

The book did strike me as a little more vague than expected on basically any topic but as I read to both my four and eight year olds, I realized the wisdom in this. The book is absolutely simple and delightful and can be left as so for the younger ages but is also a great way to stir conversation with older ages who are promoted to ask questions by the way information is being given.

This in no way encapsulates it all but if you’re looking for an age appropriate way to begin explaining the plight and history of the #LGBTQ community to young children.... this is your book.
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Gail Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2022
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A Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful, Sparkly, Glittery Good
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Children’s Book About Inclusion
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
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