Review of A Day of Pride
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A Day of Pride
Written by Roy Youldous-Raiss
Illustrated by Yossi Madar
Ages 4-8 | 36 Pages
Publisher: Roy Youldous-Raiss (2020) | ISBN-13: 978-9659286911
What to Expect: Pride, LGBTQ+ themes, self-esteem, gender identity, civil rights, diverse family representations.
It’s the day of the Pride Festival, and everyone in the city is excited and happy. Families of all shapes and sizes are out eating treats, sporting their colors, sharing their love for one another, and watching a dazzling display of entertainers, spectators, and revelers. Happiest of all is Miss Rainbow, who shines in the sky, spilling her bright colors over everything and making sure the day shines. But even as the fun continues, the Witch of Shame is ready to spoil the day, sowing the seeds of uncertainty and attacking self-esteem. Luckily, one nay-sayer witch is no match for the Power of Pride!
The message behind the Pride movement is so simple and wholesome that it is surprising that it doesn’t turn up more often in children’s literature. A Day of Pride emphasizes this message: that everyone deserves to love, be loved, and be themselves. Told through simple, rhyming couplets, the story itself is about inclusiveness, acceptance, and joy. Perhaps even more enjoyable than the story, however, are the illustrations. Bursting with iconic rainbow colors, they are minutely detailed and rich. Readers will enjoy poring over them and picking out each fascinating detail, from the dancing figures in the high-rise buildings to the child eating a baguette in an airplane. Between the rhythm of the words and the bright colors on the pages, this book is a true celebration, and readers are sure to find its message of positivity irresistible.
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About the Author
Roy Youldous-Raiss is a writer and a content and marketing specialist. Over the past seven years, Roy has met thousands of LGBT families as Tammuz Surrogacy CMO. Based in Tel-Aviv, Roy is married to Or and a proud father to twin girls, Elya and Liri. “This book was written from my personal experience, growing up in a closet of shame. As a father, I try to educate my girls on the notions of pride and self-esteem. I wrote this book for them and all kids out there.”
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