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Beautiful Rainbow World
Review In A Glance
  • Illustrations
    10
  • Cover Design
    10
  • Voice
    NA
  • Characters
    NA
  • Idea
    10
  • Age-Appropriate?
    10

A beautiful photography book featuring a diverse group of children with a simple and thoughtful message.

10/10
Good

Hema Nataraju

Editor, Book Reviews & Literature at the Parent Voice, Magazine
A fiction writer with a particular interest in historical fiction, Hema's stories and personal essays have been featured across platforms. Read More under "Meet the Team".

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The 78 pages of this photography book are just as beautiful as the cover. Every page features little boys and girls from different countries, some of them in their traditional clothes.

Our cover story for the August issue featured Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou, a multicultural musician and children’s performer. We had posted a link to her song “Beautiful Rainbow World” at the end of the story. Do check it out if you haven’t already or scroll to the bottom of the page to listen without leaving this page.

Authors Suzee Ramirez and Lynne Raspet have adapted Daria’s original lyrics (and extended it) into this visual delight of a book. Beautiful Rainbow World is, in one word, stunning. The cover features a close-up shot of a baby wearing a colorful hat and scarf, lending perfectly to this clever, metaphoric title.

The next 78 pages of this photography book are just as beautiful as the cover. Every page features little boys and girls from different countries, some of them in their traditional clothes. My four-year old was curious to know where the kids came from, which is exactly what this book attempts to do – to open up a dialogue with them about different cultures.

The pictures come from contributing photographers from all over the world. The authors have hit the nail on the head when it comes to representing diversity through pictures.

The original and extended lyrics of Daria’s song bring forth a wonderful message to kids – to embrace their unique hair, eye color, languages, and customs. “We’re all so different, yet so alike,” is my favorite line.

I think the text is better sung along than read, since “Beautiful Rainbow World” is repeated multiple times.

The book closes with this quote by Henry David Thoreau –

Every child begins the world again...”

I thought this was a great choice, considering it’s never too early to start discussions about diversity with our kids.

My daughter and I enjoyed reading it. It would be a great addition to libraries and schools to get kids talking about their culture and learn about others.

The book includes a free download of Daria’s song – “Beautiful Rainbow World.”

To listen to the song, click below:

Editor’s Note: We received this book complimentary from Daria for reviewing purposes. We are grateful to Daria for her generosity. This transaction has not influenced our honest review of the book. 

To buy Beautiful Rainbow World, click here.

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