A story of unconventional parenthood
This illustrated children's story raises awareness of the fact not all children live with their mum and dad. In this story we meet The Triplets who happily live with their grandmother. Granny Frogsbottom may be old and out of touch with the young Triplets’ world, but her love for them is very clear and the story celebrates this.
Paperback ISBN 9781909320710
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 Triplets live with their Granny. But she is very old and there is a lot she can’t do. She doesn’t like the same food or music. She doesn’t wear cool clothes. Poor Triplets . . . or are they?
Part of the Rainbow Street Series promoting gender awareness, Granny Frogsbottom is a story that questions whether a grandparent can step into the role of main carer. In modern families, many children will compare themselves to so-called traditional families where the mother and father are both present. But increasingly, grandparents are stepping into the role of parent, either permanently due to family circumstances, or on a regular but temporary basis while both parents are working. The book might also be helpful when discussing the idea of a foster carer, because it isn’t only biological parents who can be a loving.
The Rainbow Street books are all aimed at 4- to 6-year-old children, using colourful pictures of animals to tell stories of gender identity. They all 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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