This Little Rainbow: A Love-Is-Love Primer and Pride 1 2 3 are not pushy but are at times can be borderline. Joan Holub’s This Little addition with Pride leaders is good but feels a bit advanced for the board book reader. And Pride 1 2 3 has been done before, so it feels like the subject is being pushed. Now both are a few years old, therefore, it might be a case of at the time they were fresh, but now I have read so many books on the subject I have become saturated.
Therefore, on that note a technical review for both is what is needed: This Little Rainbow show those who represented, stood up, and got the job done in the GLBTQ community. Each page has a person who we might now (Harvey Milk) and others we might not. And each person has a mini biography about the highlights of their lives, what they are known for. They do not go into the knowledge of why they are in the queer community (Marsha P. Johnson was trans) but presents them in a child friendly manner. Daniel Roode illustrated in bold, proud, and bright colors.
And Pride 1 2 3 has Michael Joosten counting down the things that make up pride, such as how many floats are proudly going by in the parade, how many Queens are proudly standing by, and so forth. It is Wednesday Holmes illustrations that threw me off the most. They are simplistic, and not necessarily in a good way. They are bold, cartoony and can be off putting (one image had the hair looking like it was being torn off the head). However, this book is more aimed at the toddler audience with more simplistic text and concepts.
Both are good books to add to a collection of children’s books, or GLBTQ books, but are not for everyone.