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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0399555315
LANGUAGE:English

"Hello, friends! Our book today is Pride: The Story Of Harvey Milk And The Rainbow Flag, written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno, a beautiful and moving ode to the banner of the LGBTQ community.

Harvey Milk had a dream. He wanted all people to be treated equally under the law; to love who they loved, be free to be themselves, and not be discriminated against. In 1977, Harvey became one of the first openly gay elected officials. The next year, he and his friend Gilbert Baker came up with a symbol to unite their community and the people who supported it, and to show pride. They created the first rainbow Pride Flag, and introduced it at a march for equal rights. Then later that year, the unthinkable: Harvey was assassinated because of one man’s hatred and fear. Yet despite his life being cut short, the seed of hope, courage, and pride that Harvey and Gilbert had planted with their flag had already taken root, and was beginning to grow.

Beautiful and moving. Like many luminaries that have tragic – and often tragically short – lives, it’s hard to tell Harvey Milk’s story in a child-friendly way, but this book does so with grace and a sense of hope. As Milk’s life story ends, the story of the flag becomes the focus, elegantly showing how it grew across the nation, then the world, ending with the note that on the day gay marriage was finally legalized in the United States, the White House itself wore the colors of Pride. It’s a delicate balance of history, tragedy, then encouragement and possibility, and it all fits together perfectly. The art is colorful, and the cast has a few very nice moments of inclusion that show how diverse the LGBTQ community can be. The length is perfect, and JJ adored the rainbows. This is a fantastic book to introduce young readers to, not only the story of the flag and the man behind it, but the equality and love it represents. Stunning, and Baby Bookworm approved!
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" This is such a breath of fresh air for the biography section. This is a step towards providing children with the ideas and thoughts that create equality and justice for all. " said.

" A great bio for any kid to read. Be proud! " said.

" I’m so pleased there’s a children’s book about Harvey Milk and his role in creating the Pride flag. Appropriate that I read it on Harvey’s birthday, too. " said.

" Great basic info about Harvey Milk and the origin of the Rainbow Flag. Would have liked to see in the additional information something about the different color's meanings. " said.

" This was a beautiful book. I did not realize the lives of Harvey Milk and the creator of the rainbow/pride flag (Gilbert Baker) were so connected. This is an outstanding book for young people to learn about one of the most prominent symbols for equality and the heroic life of Harvey Milk. " said.

" I was looking for books about gay history at my local library when I stumbled across this! If I ever have kids this is one of the books I’m gunna read to them!! It’s super cute and still informative, even to me! I never knew the history of the pride flag so it was a great introduction! " said.

" Great introduction to Harvey Milk and his activism, the symbolism of the rainbow flag, and the gay pride movement. Anyone who says this book is inappropriate for schools (protests, assassination) should take a good, hard look at the fact that all of these topics are taught through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LOVE the informative back matter, which include timelines of both Milk’s life and that of the pride movement, as well as photos from various times in the history of the movement. " said.

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