The Rainbow Egg, by Linda K Hendricks, is an allegorical story about the beauty of adoption. I'm a big fan of using stories to teach children about experiences that they themselves haven't been through OR to help them process something they have experiences. Unfortunately, I have a confession to make. I thought the illustrations and the story were good and the words were just off. In fact, this is one of those titles that I've had in my to-do pile for a long time struggling with just what to do with it.
I like the story, I really do. Hope has an egg but she doesn't have a home. She goes through the forest looking for a place and a way to care for her egg but it gets harder and harder, until eventually she finds the Rainbow Family who do have a nest but they don't have an egg to care for. Hope leaves her egg with Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow to care for. She is sad for herself, but happy for her egg.
The thing is, the writing is just kind of awkward and actually creates more questions than it answers in my opinion. I think maybe because she used birds and birds build nests. Why is Hope wandering around and not just stopping and building a nest? It's one of those flaws in an analogy that could be difficult for some kids to overcome.
At the end of the day, I'm going to have to call this one average and not something that I would recommend for just anyone. I think there are probably better books for general adoption if you are going to only read one or two. That being said, if you have an adopted child and this isn't the only book that you will read about adoption then it might be a great title to add to your collection, in the context of a much greater discussion and reflection.
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