Review: The Chalk Rainbow



The Chalk Rainbow

by Deborah Kelly (Author), Gwynneth Jones (Illustrator), published by EK Books

The Chalk Rainbow is a pure celebration of co-creation, love, acceptance and triumph through dedication and appreciation. The story centers around a family experiencing some of the totally naturally occurring challenges of ASD and the ripples it creates in daily routines.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is so different from family to family, but The Chalk Rainbow does a great job of expressing common situations without drawing any specific conclusion. Zane’s character is exactly who he is, the challenge is how to work together to make a brighter situation for everyone.

Told by the sister in the family, her challenge to engage and comfort him becomes a game that transforms into an adventure – eventually becoming a situationally-unique and brilliant solution.

Each member of the family represents common reactions to ASD trials and in the end, patience and empathy are the big winners.

A staple for families, friends and schools to teach insight, understanding and creative problem solving, The Chalk Rainbow is both an important communication tool and story time treasure.

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Happy Reading!

Julianne Black

Hi! I am the author and illustrator of over a dozen children’s books, including the Augmented Reality enhanced Sleep Sweet, exhibited at BookExpo 2017 in NYC and being used nationwide in children’s hospitals for relaxation and distraction therapy. I’m the recipient of multiple awards for my writing and artwork, most recently the 2017 Jack London Award from the California Writers Club. My work as an internationally recognized graphic designer and digital/print promotion specialist with clients including Sears, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, and Quebec’s Place Des Arts can be viewed worldwide. I’ve been published several years in a row in ComicCon International’s Souvenir book, Art 278, Story Monsters Ink Magazine, and multiple travel and trade publications.

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