Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Chalk Rainbow {Book Review}

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Zane is different to other kids. He has his own made-up language. He likes to line things up. And he is frightened of things that don’t seem to bother other people — like the colour black. His father gets frustrated and angry with Zane. His mother tries hard to explain things to him. But nothing seems to work. Zane just scrunches himself up into a ball and screams. Things are looking pretty bleak for Zane and his family; that is, until Zane’s big sister starts to draw a chalk rainbow at the top of the front steps … The Chalk Rainbow explores difference and diversity through a family living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s also a story of unconditional love, of trust and of learning to look at the world through the eyes of others. The story is told by Zane’s older sister in a way that young children can easily relate to. The ending is uplifting as all members of the family learn to look at things differently and find a way to move forward together. 

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review*
All opinions are my own*
Being different than other kids can be scary.  For Zane he saw the world differently than others, some things scared him that did not scare others.  He also had different ways of doing things, things had to line up and be a certain color.  All this is common with children living with Autism. 

This book shows that with a little understanding and a different approach that you could actually change someone's life for the better.  In this story, Zane's sister helps him make a beautiful chalk rainbow on the steps outside and with a little imagination and chalk on their fingers they extend this Rainbow all over Zane's world. 

Taking the extra time to understand someone is key in life. You do not understand what they are going through when they do not even know what they are going through.  The Chalk Rainbow from EK Books shows you if you take the time little by little to understand what they like and need to be comfortable, you could really learn a lot. 

This is a great book with a wonderful message.  I love the colorful artwork throughout.