A story of cultural acceptance
This illustrated children's story raises awareness of cultural diversity and the fact that some people do things differently because of their ethnic background or religious belief. The story is of a family of dormice who hibernate through a number of festivals and events, including Christmas, Bonfire Night and Halloween.
Paperback ISBN 9781909320741
21.6 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm
Full colour illustrations throughout
Published Dec 2017
Aimed at 4-6 year olds
Reception to Year 1 in the UK
Preschool to Kindergarten in the US
The Dandelion Dormice family are different from everyone else on Rainbow Street. Because of who they are, they must sleep more than the others. But this year, when she wakes up, Donna wants to know what she has missed.
This story can be used to open discussion with young children during religious education and PSHE to accept that some of the other children they know might not do the same things that they do, such as celebrate Christmas, Diwali, Ramadan or Passover, due to their family’s faith.
The Rainbow Street books are all aimed at 4- to 6-year-old children, using colourful pictures of animals to tell stories that share the common theme of acceptance and could equally be used at home and in school to discuss all forms of difference and diversity.
By sharing the Rainbow Street Series of books with young children, the aim is to make gender diversity no big deal and no different to accepting and respecting ethnic diversity, religious diversity and forms of neurodiversity. Stories in the series cover topics ranging from gender identity and adoption by same-sex parents, through to single fatherhood and it being ok to live alone in old age.
Rolfe has taught across England from Foundation Stage up to Year 7 (Sixth Grade in US). As a SENCo, she has worked with challenging children with behaviour and learning difficulties. She has worked in a variety of primary schools, including a Sikh faith school and a Pupil reintegration unit. The author has two daughters, one who is transgender. Rolfe’s very brave and beautiful teenage transgender daughter has been living as her true self for over a year now. As a mother, Rolfe found it a struggle to explain the concept of transgender to her 5-year-old daughter so created Rainbow Street. Rainbow Street is a series of picture books with LGBTQ characters aimed at Foundation Stage and Year 1 (Kindergarten in US). Rolfe drew upon her 21 years primary teaching experience to write and illustrate the books.
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