Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

Illustrated by: Anne Passchier 
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – K
Pages: 24, Color
Size: 8″ x 8″
ISBN-10: TBD
ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-3087-7
Publisher: Magination Press (May 2019)
Language: English
 

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Synopsis

A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year, beautiful colors all together make a rainbow in Rainbow: A First Book of Pride.

This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent’s love for their child and a child’s love for their parents.

With bright colors and joyful families, this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe.

Readers will celebrate the life, healing, light, nature, harmony, and spirit that the rainbows in this book will bring.

Reviews

“A welcome addition to rainbow bookshelves.”

“In a festive introduction to Pride that doubles as a color primer, Genhart shows readers the meaning behind each hue in the rainbow flag: “Every color means something.” Scenes by Passchier show diverse, smiling figures taking part in everyday activities. Two parents and their child explore a forest brightly colored in shades of green (“Green is nature”), and families visit an outdoor market with blue booths (“Blue is harmony”). Rainbows, Genhart writes, are universally loved: they “make the world smile.” In a final spread, families are seen waving Pride flags and walking together in solidarity (“Be happy. Be love. Be proud”). A joyous tribute to LGBTQ families. Ages 3–5. (May)”

“Toddler-PreS–Clinical psychologist Genhart’s latest book introduces some of the youngest readers to the symbolism behind each stripe of the famous rainbow flag. Confetti endpapers lead to an opening scene with a cluster of flags held aloft. A page turn reveals an exuberant, racially diverse group of kids each holding up a rainbow flag of their own. Subsequent spreads go through the colors one after the other. Each spread also depicts same-sex couples (some interracial) lovingly interacting with their children. The result is a joyful celebration of rainbow families and the way the day-to-day brings out the six meanings of the flag: life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony, and spirit. Passchier’s colorful cartoon style casts many characters in the same simplistic mold. Still, the scenes shine a noteworthy and positive light on LGBTQIA+ parenting. The illustrations also augment Genhart’s economical text to expand the story, striking a good balance between depicting families in isolated scenes and as part of a larger, not exclusively LGBTQIA+ community. A final page goes further to suggest global pride via several flag-waving individuals in front of cultural landmarks. Though excellent for anytime sharing, the text functions as a wonderful bridge between Stevenson’s Pride Colors, Sanders and Salerno’s Pride, and Pitman and Clifton-Brown’s Sewing the Rainbow —the latter two of which expand on the flag’s origins for older readers. VERDICT A win for LBGTQIA+ families and libraries seeking to diversify their shelves.–Alec Chunn, Eugene Public Library, OR”

Booklist review for Rainbow

“A primer that celebrates LGBTQ+ families by exploring the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe.  It describes parental love and also the love a child holds for their parents.  This is a much needed book.”

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, by Michael Genhard and illustrated by Anne Passchier (Magination Press), which comes out in May, uses essentially the same concept, but in a more literal way. “Rainbows!” it begins, with a page showing waving rainbow flags. “Every color means something.” It continues, “Red means life,” and shows a red-heavy image of two dads happily holding their newborn. “Orange is healing,” says the next spread, showing two parents, one of whom might be genderqueer, helping a child who has fallen off a bike. It continues through all the colors of the rainbow and ends with a spread showing all the families from the book waving rainbow flags and walking together, perhaps in a Pride parade. It’s a less warmly personal book than Stevenson’s, but makes a bright introduction to the colors of Pride and images of LGBTQ families.”

“Imagine if we lived in a world where picture books were more like this one?”

“This reaffirming look at rainbow families emphasizes their love and identity.”

“A vibrant and inclusive book that celebrates the diverse rainbow of families and the love that brings people together.  Told with bold and and spirited illustrations, the rainbow comes to mean so much more than individual colors but represents the pride, power and unity that exist when they all are celebrated together.” 

“A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year, beautiful colors all together make a rainbow in Rainbow: A First Book of Pride.

This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent’s love for their child and a child’s love for their parents.

With bright colors and joyful families, this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe.

Readers will celebrate the life, healing, light, nature, harmony, and spirit that the rainbows in this book will bring.”

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart is a must-have for young readers. This is a simple book that displays the families’ love for one another. This is a sweet ode to rainbow families and an affirming display of parents’ love for their child and a child’s love for their parents. They celebrate one another, no matter how different or alike they are. This book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and simply explains the meaning of each color of the rainbow and why everyone loves rainbows and why they are important. This book has a positive message for all families and their children. This book is a must-have for librarians and educators to help reinforce the acceptance of all family types in society and to show support for a variety of all family types. It is important for all children and their families to be acknowledged and supported. This book has delightfully bright and colorful illustrations and shows a variety of different family types. The family types include families of many different races and sizes. Readers will celebrate joyful families and their lives and the spirit of the rainbow.”