The Dandelion Dormice
The Dandelion Dormice family are different from everyone else on Rainbow Street. Because of who they are, they must sleep more than the others. But this year, when she wakes up, Donna wants to know what she has missed.
This story can be used to open discussion with young children during religious education and PSHE to accept that some of the other children they know might not do the same things that they do, such as celebrate Christmas, Diwali, Ramadan or Passover, due to their family's faith. The Rainbow Street books are all aimed at 4- to 6-year-old children, using colourful pictures of animals to tell stories that share the common theme of acceptance and could equally be used at home and in school to discuss all forms of difference and diversity. By sharing the Rainbow Street Series of books with young children, the aim is to make gender diversity no big deal and no different to accepting and respecting ethnic diversity, religious diversity and forms of neurodiversity.
Stories in the series cover topics ranging from gender identity and adoption by same-sex parents, through to single fatherhood and it being ok to live alone in old age. As with all of its books, the publisher - Your Stories Matter - aims to help people know they are not alone with what makes them different. If a young person or adult can relate to a story, it gives them hope and encourages them to share their concerns.