book review: sewing the rainbow

Written by Gayle E Pitman + Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Tackles: Gilbert Baker and the creation of the pride flag 

Age Range: 4-8 years

Genre: Picture Book 

This book tells the story of Gilbert Baker, the man who created the pride flag. It tells about his childhood, his trouble fitting in and feeling accepted by his family, and joining the army. It also tells about when he moved to San Francisco where he finally felt comfortable to be himself, and how he created the rainbow flag. 

This book highlights an important event in our history, but also shows the story of Gilbert’s life and the struggles that he went through before he was able to feel comfortable being himself.  Children may be able relate to Gilbert and his situation, and can draw inspiration from his story. 

I think it is crucial that we educate children on history and important events like this, especially historical events that are not given a lot of attention in mainstream curriculum. 

The art in this book is vibrant and fun, with a detailed animation style. The bright colors bring the character and story-line to life. 

This is an educational story that encourages children to be themselves. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope you do to. 

10 out of 10 rainbows. 

Buy it here. 


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