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This is just so cute! Michael Genhart has brought to us a simple little book that explains each colour of the rainbow used on the Pride Flag. We get a simple one line to read out to children along with cute illustrations of same sex couples of different ethnicity. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not; but there are couples in the book where it's hard to tell if they are male or female. This feels just perfect for this little primer that is all about people being inclusive. I also liked the descriptions of the colours in the flag. I think this is something that everyone should know and helps reinforces Pride values. This review is based off the assumption that Rainbow comes as a board book for all pages and is suitable for babies - toddlers.
Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
First a quick note about some "Reviews" that were left by people who never even looked at the book: Honestly, I wasn't going to buy the book at first. My house is flooded with books, this book was going to go on the list of books to buy after I purge. But after reading some "Reviews" that were actually comments from people regarding LGBTQ+ education in general rather than THE ACTUAL BOOK, a bon fire was lit in my heart and I was ready to buy 100 copies just to spite these reviewers. Alas I calmed down and settled on impulse buying just 1 copy, for now.
The actual book review: I wasn't exactly sure what to expect to be honest. So when I got to crack the book open, I was so pleasantly surprised. The illustrations are beautiful, whimsical, and just fun. The writing really whittled down all of the layers of complex issues that adults see, down to elegant simple reasons as to why we celebrate Pride month. This book doesn't point out how different same sex couples can look compared to your traditional nuclear family. The illustrations seamlessly include same sex couples (a mix of ethnicities are included) with their kids in very everyday scenes that all families experience. Together with the writing, it's all so beautifully normal and harmonious. The kids like the book, I LOVE the book.
This is a great book for education. Got this book for my family and my kiddoe read it and loved it. It is very educational learning about the LGBTQIA+ community. I highly recommend this book for individuals who want to teach acceptance and understanding, especially if someone you know is part of the LGBTQIA+ community.