Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
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Annotation: Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #153444
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Salerno, Steven,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-399-55531-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-399-55531-2
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2016046632
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In this story of an increasingly visible symbol, Sanders, an elementary-school teacher, tells how Harvey Milk inspired a flag in 1978 to represent his dream that "everyone en gay people uld have equality." Salerno's strong art has a colorful seventies vibe, and his drawings of Milk are distinctive without being caricatured, but the book does lack the context it needs to be the successful introduction to which it aspires. Missing is even a basic attribution of quotes or explanation of Milk's job, as well as what "unfair laws" he was working against, as well as any reasons why "most did not agree with him" or why protesters in one illustration declare "God says no." There is value here in contributing to the still nascent body of LGBTQ history for youth, and it could be put to use with some external historical and social context, though that would also have to make up for the fact it never clarifies the artistic vision of the design or what each of the flag's colors represent, thus giving short shrift to the symbol's symbolism.
Horn Book
Bold colors and a rainbow motif decorate this picture book introduction to Harvey Milk, his cause, and the symbol he helped create (with designer Gilbert Baker) for gay equality. The book's first half focuses on Milk's biography; the second tells of gay rights achieved after his assassination and the evolution of the pride flag. Back matter includes notes and photos of pride demonstrators. Reading list, timeline, websites.
Kirkus Reviews
A hope-filled ode to the rainbow flag, the LGBTQ rights movement's most prominent symbol.The flag's story begins with Harvey Milk, a young man with a "dream" for equality. In 1977, Milk becomes one of the first openly gay people to be elected to U.S. political office. As Milk marches toward his dream through protests and rallies, he works with artist Gilbert Baker to come up with a unifying symbol for the movement. In 1978, the rainbow flag makes its debut in San Francisco. Later that year, Milk is assassinated, but the flag continues to unify, sending his message of hope to LGBTQ individuals all over the world. Milk's flag becomes "a dream for us all." Though he mentions Baker, Sanders spotlights Milk instead as the flag's mastermind. The text mentions some iterations of the flag but stops short of including those revisions that match identities often excluded from the movement. Still, the visual references to important LGBTQ milestones will make supporters cheer. Salerno's retro style—detailed but fluid drawings of figures set against paisley-patterned backgrounds—gives fitting, '70s-era bohemian undertones. The crowds Milk addresses are largely as white as he is, but later illustrations nod to diversity within the LGBTQ population. Photographs of Milk, Baker, and other moments in the movement are appended.A biography LGBTQ rights activists and allies can proudly share with children. (biographical notes, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-9)
Publishers Weekly
In a poignant and uplifting biography of Milk, Sanders introduces the political activist through his crusade for human rights: -Harvey dreamed that everyone-even gay people-would have equality. He dreamed that he and his friends would be treated like everyone else.- To realize this dream, Sanders explains, Milk became -one of the first openly gay people to be elected to political office in the United States,- when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Wanting a potent symbol to represent the fight for gay rights, Milk asked artist Gilbert Baker to create a flag: -Volunteers arrived to help Gilbert-s design come to life. Together they dipped fabric into large barrels filled with vivid, bright dyes.- Salerno conveys Milk-s likeness in gently expressive cartoons; he fills his background spreads with decorative, paisley print designs, and the unfurled rainbow flag is a recurring motif. After the assassinations of Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone (communicated through a newspaper headline, reading: -Moscone, Milk Killed-), Milk-s message of acceptance and love is carried onward through the pride flag and those who wave it. Biographical notes include timelines and photographs of Milk and fellow activists. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 13 Written in direct, accessible language, this book opens with a quote from Harvey Milk about hope, the connecting theme of this uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag. The text starts with Milk's choice to enter politics and Gilbert Baker's design of the first flag and connects that to the flag's modern appearances as a symbol of equality and pride and the use of it on June 26, 2015 across the White House. The illustrations are vibrant and lively, taking inspiration from 1970s fashions and styles while emphasizing the effectiveness of symbols. The narrative includes references to opposition to Milk's dream of equality and the assassination of Milk and George Moscone, but moves decisively on to tell of enduring hope, with an illustration of the candlelight vigil and the persistence of the rainbow flag as an icon. Biographical notes include more information on the flag, Milk, Baker, and the significance of the June 16, 2014 rainbow lights across the White House. The back matter also includes two time lines, a few suggested books and websites, and assorted photographs related to the story. VERDICT With its emphasis on pride and hope, this title will make a strong addition to classroom and school library collections to support discussions of character and equality. Recommended for all collections. Amanda Foulk, Sacramento Public Library
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 751
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195120 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q73603
Lexile: HL620L
"You have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow. . . ."


Harvey Milk was an ordinary man, but he had an extraordinary dream.
That dream would change history.


Harvey dreamed that everyone--even gay people--would have equality.
He dreamed that he and his friends would be treated like everyone else.
He dreamed that one day, people would be able to live and love as they pleased.

Excerpted from Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rainbow Pride Flag with the very first picture book to tell its remarkable and inspiring history!
In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders's stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno's evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable - and undertold - story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

PRAISE FOR PRIDE!

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Pride is a beacon of (technicolor) light."
- Entertainment Weekly

"An essential LGBTQ children's book"
- Out.com

"This children’s book about gay Pride should be in every school."
- Gay Times Magazine

"The picture book about Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag is everything you needed as a kid."
- LGBTQ Nation

"I couldn’t be more thrilled the world now has this book."
Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of MILK

"This inspiring, positive story is a great introduction to two LGBTQ heroes and to the spirit of the LGBTQ community."
- Pridesource.com

"A welcome social history . . . Mission accomplished."
- The San Francisco Chronicle

"A children’s book that will properly express the struggle and joys that the LGBTQ rights movement went through."
- Instinct Magazine

★ "Offers little ones an age-appropriate introduction . . . Ebullient . . ."
- Shelf Awareness, starred review


"An uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag . . . Vibrant and lively . . . Recommended for all collections." 
- School Library Journal

"A biography LGBTQ rights activists and allies can proudly share with children . . . A hope-filled ode to the rainbow flag."
- Kirkus Reviews

"A poignant and uplifting biography."
- Publishers Weekly

"A tribute to a leader undertreated in young people’s literature."
-The Bulletin of the Center For Children’s Books

"Salerno’s strong art has a colorful seventies vibe . . . There is value here."
- Booklist

"Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and The Rainbow Flag beautifully tells the history of both Uncle Harvey's dream and his collaboration with Gilbert Baker to create a global symbol of equality and inclusion. This book tells a history that all children will cherish, and will inspire the next generation of hope givers, our world's youth"
- Stuart Milk, Founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation

Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker showed LGBTQ people that they should be proud of who they are and who they love. That is exactly what we do at The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth in crisis. We’re thrilled that more young people will learn the story behind the original rainbow flag.”
- Amit Paley, Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director


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