About the Book:
Hope is a chicken who lives in the woods with friends not typically affiliated with chickens. She is happy there, until she finds herself with an egg. She has no place to rest the egg and is in search of help. A guardian red bird leads her to a chicken house full of chicken families. There she finds challenges and fear, ultimately leading to the most precious gift she could ever hope for. The Rainbow Egg is a colorfully illustrated, fresh look at adoption as a loving gift.
I thought this was a really cute book just choosing from the cover of it and occasionally I enjoy reviewing books that are for my children and as it deals with adoption and they have a couple of friends who are adopted I thought it would be a great way to talk about it with them. Hope is a chicken who is alone in the forest and has no nest and she knows there is a chicken house nearby (never mind that chickens lay eggs without a male, but I digress) and she wants her egg to have a nest and she knows she’ll never have one so she sets out to find a home for her rainbow egg. She finds a couple who has been unable to have an egg of their own so their nest remains empty – it just so happens they are rainbow feathered chickens – so the baby will grow to look like them.
I like the overall theme of the adoption, and the love that goes from both sides – the birth parent to want what is best for their baby and the adoptive parents who have struggled, unsuccessfully, to have their own. However, even my 9 year old wanted to know why Hope had a rainbow egg if she wasn’t a rainbow chicken (all the other chickens have feathers that match their eggs). I didn’t have an answer for her, but as I think about it – it is strange – most adoptive families do not adopt children who will look like them. I know American families who adopt Asian children, Mexican children and so on – so their children don’t look like them at all. Before Hope leaves she says “He will always be special and will grow up to have rainbow feathers just like you…” – to me, this gives the impression that children adopted will look like their adoptive parents when, in most, cases that isn’t what happens.
A cute book that I would suggest is bought as a physical book as the e-book version was quite hard to read at times and the illustrations would have been prettier in a physical copy. Overall, the book was a great, short read on introducing the topic of adoption to children but as you can see even one of my children thought it odd that the baby was meant to look like it’s adoptive parents. A good introduction but definitely not the final say so about adoption and there wasn’t any mention of God or Jesus (of course they’re animals, I know) except a little red bird who sang and directed their paths.
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