The Rainbow Stick boy by Michael Santolini
This is the story of Huey, a stick boy who is born a little different than everyone else in the town. He doesn’t let his differences keep him down. Huey finds a friend who is also a little different and together they find the magic at the end of the rainbow, and discover that their differences are really only skin deep.
This is a children’s book about diversity, in a form that children of all ages will totally understand. As part of a multicultural family I was impressed by its content and originality. It is well written and the illustrations are colourful, fresh and fitting to the story.
Huey is a boy who is born a mixture of colours in a world where people are uniformly one colour. This causes him problems of discrimination. He even tries to change the way he looks by making himself a straw suit to cover up his colours. He finds a friend who also looks a bit different and he begins to feel better. Huey’s family love him and at the end of the adventure his different colours are not important. This is a significant tale of acceptance and about how people’s attitudes can be changed for the better. It also could help children not to be afraid of different looking things or people. I will definitely read this to my granddaughter and would recommend it for children from a very young age.