Typically I read and review thrillers, contemporary and women’s fiction and YA books, I also work at a library and run children’s programs. I adore Gayle E. Pitman’s A Church for All. Although my job requires me to be conscious of everyone’s right to an opinion and I understand not everyone feels the way I do, I do like to slip in a book or two here and there that might reach a child who needs to hear it. Gayle E. Pitman writes those books and this is one of those books.
This is based on the creator of the Rainbow Flag, Gilbert Baker who was a sparkly, glittery boy whose dad could not accept that he wanted to be creative and colorful. When he grew up, he moved to San Francisco where he made costumes for famous people and sewed banners for marches but there was one evil symbol in his city and he wanted to change that. He got the idea to made a beautiful colorful flag to replace the symbol. And it did. When you see that Rainbow Flag, you know it is ok to be yourself.
The illustrations are wonderful. There is an informative note about Gilbert Baker at the end of the book.
Sewing the Rainbow is not overtly in-your-face Gay Pride, but it gets the point across. My hope in slipping this story in once in a while is that maybe there is a kid who feels they are sparkly and glittery and that they don’t fit in and maybe they will remember this story and realize they are not alone. Maybe they won’t know it when they hear the story, but at a later time they will remember the story and remember the flag and realize they are not alone. Or maybe there are kids who are just curious about the pretty flag with rainbow colors and their parents were uncomfortable with the question, but after hearing the story, they will now understand that it symbolizes that it’s ok to be yourself.
I would like to thank Netgalley and American Psychological Association Magination Press for the galley copy of this book.