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Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite
Part of the Rainbow: An Inspiring Tale About Diversity, Acceptance and Love by Asaf Rozanes is the delightful story of Mia, who has green hair, and who lives with her dad, who also has green hair and green clothes. Their wonderful world is green, and green is good. One day Mia finds out that she has to begin school at the age of eight. When Mia arrives at school and starts meeting the other kids, she notices something very significant: the other kids have different hair colors, and she’s not sure what this means. There’s a boy with red hair. Does red mean danger? Then she sees a girl with blue hair. Not green. In fact, no one else has green hair! She sees kids with hair of all colors, but just not green. Mia wonders if she should try to disguise her hair. Confused, Mia wonders why everyone else is not like her. She doesn’t like feeling different and she wants to go home to her dad. But when the teacher arrives to take the class, Mia discovers something amazing and uplifting that changes how she feels about things.
Mia’s story is a charming, wise tale of how we are all different in the world, and how our differences are important because they make us and the world unique. Everyone has their place in it and a role to fulfil. Mia’s little character perfectly demonstrates how children might feel starting school, or moving to a new school, and feeling different, out of their depth, and not like the others. Mia’s dad and her teacher are role models to encourage youngsters to share their trepidation with a responsible adult and to receive reassuring answers they can understand. The rhymes are just so catchy and encourage a sort of singalong way of reading aloud that kids will love. I loved it and I’m an adult.
The illustrations are bright, bold, and colorful. Young readers will quickly and easily identify with the various characters so clearly depicted. The scenes unfold to include the school and then the proverbial ‘bigger picture’ which I feel kids will enjoy. A lovely touch at the end includes a fun interactive exercise that kids will enjoy completing. Another bonus for kids is a few pages of illustrations for them to color in themselves and they can choose any colors. A delightful book to wholly engage young readers. This would be very useful in any home, and in school and children’s libraries.