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 Pride : the story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
 Author: Sanders, Rob

 Publisher:  Random House (2018)

 Dewey: 979.4
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 776739 ISBN: 9780399555312
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Milk, Harvey
 Gay politicians
 Gay pride celebrations
 Gay liberation movement
 Gay rights

Price: $22.58

Trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginning in 1978 to its role in today's world.

 Illustrator: Salerno, Steven

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 195120
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 73603

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/18)
   School Library Journal (02/01/18)
   Booklist (02/15/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/05/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 1–3—Written in direct, accessible language, this book opens with a quote from Harvey Milk about hope, the connecting theme of this uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag. The text starts with Milk's choice to enter politics and Gilbert Baker's design of the first flag and connects that to the flag's modern appearances as a symbol of equality and pride and the use of it on June 26, 2015 across the White House. The illustrations are vibrant and lively, taking inspiration from 1970s fashions and styles while emphasizing the effectiveness of symbols. The narrative includes references to opposition to Milk's dream of equality and the assassination of Milk and George Moscone, but moves decisively on to tell of enduring hope, with an illustration of the candlelight vigil and the persistence of the rainbow flag as an icon. Biographical notes include more information on the flag, Milk, Baker, and the significance of the June 16, 2014 rainbow lights across the White House. The back matter also includes two time lines, a few suggested books and websites, and assorted photographs related to the story. VERDICT With its emphasis on pride and hope, this title will make a strong addition to classroom and school library collections to support discussions of character and equality. Recommended for all collections.—Amanda Foulk, Sacramento Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2018 In this story of an increasingly visible symbol, Sanders, an elementary-school teacher, tells how Harvey Milk inspired a flag in 1978 to represent his dream that “everyone—even gay people—would have equality.” Salerno’s strong art has a colorful seventies vibe, and his drawings of Milk are distinctive without being caricatured, but the book does lack the context it needs to be the successful introduction to which it aspires. Missing is even a basic attribution of quotes or explanation of Milk’s job, as well as what “unfair laws” he was working against, as well as any reasons why “most did not agree with him” or why protesters in one illustration declare “God says no.” There is value here in contributing to the still nascent body of LGBTQ history for youth, and it could be put to use with some external historical and social context, though that would also have to make up for the fact it never clarifies the artistic vision of the design or what each of the flag’s colors represent, thus giving short shrift to the symbol’s symbolism. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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