Some people choose to live alone
This illustrated children's story uses a wise old sheep as its main character to raise awareness of the fact that some people live alone out of choice, not because they cannot find someone or because they are sad and lonely. Being single or living alone is on the increase in society and this story introduces the idea to children from a young age.
Paperback ISBN 9781909320734
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
Peggy is very happy to live on her own on Rainbow Street. But everyone else thinks she must be sad and lonely. So they come up with lots of ideas to make her happy. What will Peggy think of all the fuss?
Part of the Rainbow Street Series promoting cultural and gender diversity, Peggy Clover is a story that questions the social norms of adults living together. While many people live alone out of circumstance, a growing number of people live alone out of choice as it gives them a feeling of freedom and independence. This might especially be true following divorce or the death of a partner.
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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