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Reena's Rainbow

Reena's Rainbow
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Dee White & Tracie Grimwood

Reena's Rainbow 

Dee White & Tracie Grimwood

EK Book

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Reena is deaf and Dog is homeless, but they are also so much more than that. At first Reena and Dog feel like they don’t belong, but when they form a unique bond with each other, and become friends with the hearing children in the park, they discover that everyone is different and special in their own way. Reena’s Rainbow is about friendship, diversity and acceptance. It sends the message that true friends will always accept your differences and love you just the way you are. 

Dee White wanted to be a writer since she was 7 years old, and has now published 16 books for children and young adults. She has been lucky enough to combine her loves of writing and travel into a career that takes her all over the world writing, researching, and presenting workshops. Dee is also a certified writing teacher and mentor, passionate about encouraging new authors.

Tracie Grimwood graduated from Swinburne University with a degree in graphic design and has worked as an illustrator ever since. Her paintings have been exhibited in a number of shows, and she has a wide range of illustration clients both locally and overseas.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm | Colour | 32 Pages | 



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Reading Time, November 2017

"... This simple, touching story uses the rainbow as a symbol for belonging. All the separate colours come together to make one beautiful rainbow. Everyone, no matter how different, has their place in our world. The delightful illustrations perfectly match the story and convey Reena’s emotions. I particularly like the clever way Tracie Grimwood uses symbols to depict what it might be like to be hearing impaired – what a difficult thing to draw! As well as bringing a strong message of acceptance, the story also celebrates individual strengths.".

Sunday Telegraph, October 2017

"Bright rainbow-coloured illustrations and bold stripped endpapers emphasis the joy Reena finds in the world and her even greater joy when she finds the perfect place for herself and Dog" -  Click here to view.

Blue Wolf Reviews, October 2017

"Dee White along with the colourful and descriptive illustrations from Tracie Grimwood offer a comfortable basis from which to discuss with your children, or a class group, that everyone is special, regardless of their disabilities, underwriting this with the message that true friends, no matter who they are, will always accept and love you for who you are, and not what you are." -  Click here to view.

In The Good Books, October 2017

"a fantastic book with the important message of acceptance and diversity ..." -  Click here to view.

At The Table Magazine, October 2017

"Delightfully illustrated in vibrant colours, Reena’s Rainbow introduces young children to the world of hearing disabilities through its protagonist. It teaches children to understand and embrace our differences, and celebrates individual strengths."Click here to view.

The Book Chook, October 2017

"Through simple text, this charming story sends a powerful reminder of how many of us who are in search of happiness do not realise that happiness starts from within"

NC Teacher Stuff, October 2017

"... a terrific book ... a sweet story that illustrates the need for acceptance and working together."

Kid's Book Review, September 2017

"A delightful story; cleverly presented with important themes of friendship, diversity and acceptance. It’s built with great text, gorgeous illustrations, and valuable messages of inclusion and tolerance." 

The Bottom Shelf - Edu Blog, September 2017

"As well as windows that show readers a new world, stories should also be mirrors that reflect their own lives.  Children, in particular, should be able to read about themselves and children like them in everyday stories ...  Reena’s Rainbow is a wonderful addition to a growing collection of stories that celebrate the uniqueness of every person and not only show them they are not alone but also help others to understand their special needs." Click here to read the review in full.

Coast Magazine, September 2017

"a little girl and a dog can teach us a thing or two about friendship, diversity and acceptance. This book might be aimed at children, but there's a message here for every age."

Toddler Book Reviews, September 2017

"@ekbooksforkidshave been producing wonderful books for the early childhood sector that look at dealing with differences. (This) book shows children that everyone has something wonderful to offer!  Beautiful, happy and colorful illustrations make this book shine! A lovely story about friendship, inclusion and acceptance"click here to read in full

Buzz Words, September 2017

"Reena’s Rainbow, with its clear and simple message, reminds us that people’s differences can certainly be something to celebrate."

Jnr Book Worms Book Review, August 2017

"Reena’s Rainbow is about friendship, diversity and acceptance. It sends the message that true friends will always accept your differences and love you just the way you are. Kindergarten to year 3 gave the book 5 stars"

Kirkus Reviews, July 2017

"Reena's emotions are gently portrayed, and the illustrations softly match the tone of the storyline, doing a particularly good job at developing the relationship between Dog and Reena."

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