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The Chalk Rainbow

The Chalk Rainbow
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Deborah Kelly & Gwynneth Jones

The Chalk Rainbow

Deborah Kelly & Gwynneth Jones

EK Books

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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.

Deborah Kelly is the author of several popular picture books for children as well as a chapter book series. She also writes Haiku poetry, inspired by living in Japan for two years. Born in New Zealand, Deb now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages | 


The Sunday Telegraph, July 2017

"This thought-provoking picture book shows the challengers faced by a family living with Autism, and how love, acceptance and all the colours of the rainbow help them work through the difficulties together."

Pinerolo, July 2017

"Being different is hard. Zane is autistic and can’t stand the colour black. His sister devises a perfect way to deal with this and the family joins in. Touching and thought-provoking with colourful illustrations."

Parents in Touch, July 2017

"the story is empowering and uplifting as we see Zane's family work together in harmony."

In The Good Books, July 2017

"The Chalk Rainbow is a story about trusting others and experiencing unconditional love. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and bright, with many pages highlighted with colourful rainbows."

In Touch Magazine, July 2017 

"The Chalk Rainbow explores difference and diversity through a family living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) although the word Autism is never mentioned. It is really a story of unconditional love, of trust and of learning to look at the world through the eyes of others". Click here to read.

The Bottom Shelf, June 2017

"An essential addition to the school library’s collection and the home library of the siblings of an ASD child."

Toddler Book Reviews, June 2017

"(an) important (book).. for all childcare centres, kindergartens and primary schools"

Jnr Bookworm Book Reviews, June 2017

"A wonderful book to share with the children giving them a real insight into how kids with autism see the world. It encourages acceptance and understanding of difference while showing there are many ways to solve a problem."

Kirkus Reviews, May 2017

"the arcs of imaginary rainbow are as bright and present as the actual chalked part, and they convey a buoyant sense of triumph as they lengthen to fill the pictures with light and color."


Ultra 106five, July 2017

David Wood interviewed Deb Kelly for his Saturday morning statewide Tasmania programme July 1, "enter the world of a boy with autism in a story of love, trust and learning to look at life through the eyes of others." -  Click here to listen

Pass It On, July 2017

"Chalk Rainbow (EK Books 2017) was inspired by my experiences with children on the Autism spectrum and their families" - Interview with Deborah and Gwynne Click here to read.

3BA, June 2017

"There are plenty of books about autism and kids, but not so many that explain it to playmates, classmates and other family members. We caught up with Deborah Kelly, author of 'The Chalk Rainbow'. It's a book that explains what goes through the mind of a boy on the spectrum - yet you won't see the word 'autism' mentioned at all. "Click here to listen.

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