The Chalk Rainbow

Title

The Chalk Rainbow

Authors

Deborah Kelly

Illustrator

EK Books

Publisher

EK Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781925335453

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Developmental Disability; autism; autistic children

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

rainbows; sisters and brothers

Diversity Impact

direct

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