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Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra
by Janice Beier   

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Children

Publisher:  Rainbow's Ink, LLC ISBN-10:  0615299032 Type: 
Pages: 

45

Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9780615299037
Fiction


A story about diversity, Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra encourages children to be tolerant while teaching acceptance of those who may look different.

After seeing his first rainbow, Zebert loves the multicolored spectacle so much that he wishes his stripes could be the same colors. Once his wish comes true, however, Zebert has trouble fitting in with his monochromatic herd. Can Zebert win their acceptance or will he be forever the outcast? As Zebert’s friends learn it’s not what’s on the outside that matters, so too will the young readers of Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra.


             
     

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Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra
Zebert the Rainbow Striped Zebra by Janice Beier is a delightful new book for children that teaches about diversity and being comfortable in one's own skin.

Zebert is just like any other zebra, having black stripes on his white body. But after witnessing the multicolored beauty of a rainbow, Zebert wishes hard to have his own rainbow stripes.

The next morning, Zebert wakes up, covered in rainbow stripes. At first, he is excited and proud to look different. But no one wants to play with him, and the other animals think he looks weird. So, he desperately tries to cover up the rainbow stripes. Each attempt simply manages to draw more attention to his differences.

Zebert finally manages to prove to his friends that despite his different looks, he can still be a great friend and is a beneficial teammate.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful, yet simple. The muted backgrounds enhance the brightness of Zebert and his independence, while enhancing the murkiness of others being small-minded. Children will enjoy trying to recreate the illustrations.

The language is clear and easy for children to understand. The large print and spacing on the pages will allow early readers to easily practice independent reading or to read along with an adult.

Janice Beier was inspired to write this book because she is raising three bi-racial children, and wants them to understand that everyone has inner beauty, despite their outward appearance. Families can use this book to celebrate their own special qualities. Educators will enjoy using this book to promote diversity in their classrooms. Follow-up activities can include creating their own versions of Zebert, listing ways in which they are alike and different, and even a study on the different animals featured throughout the book.

I shared this book with my class of 3-6 year-olds, and they loved it!

Andrea Coventry is a reviewer for Bookpleasures.com.
Posted by Andrea Coventry at 10:13 AM 0 comments
Labels: diversity, multiculturalism



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Reader Reviews for "Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra"

Reviewed by Janice Beier 10/4/2009
After seeing his first rainbow, Zebert loves the multicolored spectacle so much that he wishes his stripes could be the same colors. Once his wish comes true, however, Zebert has trouble fitting in with his monochromatic herd. As Zebert’s friends learn “it’s not what’s on the outside that matters”, so too will the young readers of Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra.

A story about diversity, Zebert The Rainbow Striped Zebra encourages tolerance while teaching acceptance of those who may look different.
The combination of hand painted characters and the delightfully whimsical mixed media paintings that perfectly illustrate the unusual adventure of the free spirited young zebra, is sure to entertain, educate and cultivate a love of reading in any child.

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