Sewing the Rainbow
Follow the journey of a boy from a small Kansas town who made his gray life sparkle, unfurling a rainbow of color to galvanize the gay rights movement.
Includes a Reader Note that provides more in-depth discussion of the beginnings of the gay rights movement and a more detailed look into Gilbert Baker's place in our shared history.
Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, is a professor of psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
She is the author of This Day In June, which won the 2015 Stonewall Book Award — Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award. She is also the author of When You Look Out the Window, a picture book biography of lesbian couple Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, and Feminism From A to Z, a book for teens of all genders.
Holly Clifton-Brown is an illustrator and artist based in Somerset, England. She graduated from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in 2008, and has since published several picture books and illustrations for an array of international publishing companies and clients.
Her work combines traditional painting, mixed media, and collage with contemporary techniques to create a unique and imaginative visual language. When Holly is not drawing, you'll find her in the bath tub, out walking in the countryside with her family, fermenting vegetables, and having micro adventures with her son Ossian and dog Olive.
An enduring symbol of the LGBTQIAP+ community.
The story of the rainbow flag is just as much Gilbert Baker's story as it is the LGBTQ+ movement's story. Dr. Gayle Pitman tells the story of a sensitive boy who loved art and grew up to unite the world. Holly Clifton-Brown's colorful illustrations give us an apple-cheeked, sweet-faced boy who just wants to create; her artwork goes wonderfully hand-in-hand with Dr. Pitman's prose to engender empathy in reader...This story pairs nicely with Rob Sanders and Steven Salerno's book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, which has a nice little cameo by a grown-up Gilbert. Sewing the Rainbow is a must-add to your biography collections.
—Mom Read It
A colorful tribute to Gilbert Baker...creating the rainbow flag after a conversation with Harvey Milk. The art is beautiful and bright, transitioning powerfully from a subdued Kansan landscape to a flamboyant Bay Area...It's clear this book has a lot of love for the flag's promise.
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