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The Rainbow Egg is about a chicken named Hope, who lives in the woods with her animal friends. One day, she finds out she has an egg to care for. She realizes she has no nest to take care of the egg so she has to carry the egg everywhere. She comes across a chicken house where there are chickens who have nest, all with eggs except for one nest. She is about to leave, but hears a beautiful song from a redbird. There she sees Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow who have the empty nest, and no matter how hard they try, they were never able to have an egg of their own.
Hope realizes that although she loves her egg, she know the woods is no place to raise an egg and she feels empathy towards Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow who have been longing for an egg of their own. Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow say they will take care of the egg, and they are all so thankful that the redbird connected them to each other.
This story is about adoption. The pictures were beautiful but it was hard for me and my family to connect with this book. It left my sons very confused why the Mommy (Hope) chicken would give her egg to other chickens. I think the concept behind the book was well meant, but some parts of the story were just not accurate, like the chicken carrying the egg on her head or her back. I think although it is a children's story, the suspension of disbelief can only be carried so far especially when it comes to animals.
It may be a good book to discuss adoption in a family, and have the child ask natural questions like why the Mommy chicken would give up her egg. I enjoyed the meaning behind the redbird who represented God, connecting a couple who wants a baby with a young mother who maybe could not take the best care of that child and who wanted the best for the baby. I thought that symbolism was beautiful because there are so many parents out there who want to have baby, and maybe can't.
I usually recommend children's books to parents or grandparents, but this book is specifically meant for a family looking to adopt. It also would be good if you know a family that is adopting, and this can be a way to introduce that concept to your children if you wanted to.
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