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The Rainbow Stick Boy

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
This is the story of Huey, a stick boy who is born a little different than everyone else in the town. He doesn't let his differences keep him down. Huey finds a friend who is also a little different and together they find the magic at the end of the rainbow, and discover that their differences are really only skin deep. This is a great book about diversity and the beauty ...more
Paperback, 1st, 36 pages
Published October 20th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 20, 2012) (first published July 8th 2012)
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Aug 18, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: The Author
I was sent a copy of The Rainbow Stick Boy (Kindle Edition) by Michael Santolini for review. I really enjoyed this story (I read to my 3-yr-old) This children's book explores the fact that we are all different and that it's OK that we are. I read this on the Amazon Cloud Reader so we were able to enjoy the playful colors in this book.. This story was original and a great learning tool to share with your children. I would recommend this story to all families with children- there should be more ...more
Sybille Schloss
Dec 03, 2012 Sybille Schloss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book, and my initial reaction when encountering it was surprise. The art style was clever, yet had that childlike feeling that appeals to everyone's inner 5-year-old! Someone called the language stiff, but I felt that it hit that spot in children's books that can be so hard to pinpoint - the language has to be simple enough to be engaging, have just a teensy bit of challenge, and leave plenty of opportunities for discussions with whoever happens to be reading the story out ...more
Isis Sousa
Dec 09, 2012 Isis Sousa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
5 stars for the lovely story, creative illustrations and beautiful design!

Michael Santolini’s book is wonderful! It is a book for both children and parents, and I would complete saying it is highly recommended for teachers as well.

The whole story is about being “different” in a society where everybody else is alike in appearance and behavior. Huey, the main character is rejected and ridiculed because he is this “different” person. He even tries to imitate the others in order to be accepted, with
Charlie Kravetz
Dec 09, 2012 Charlie Kravetz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents, grandparents, and young children
Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy.

This is a really wonderful children's book about the real beauty within each of us, and the diversity that exists in the world.

This is the story of how different people are viewed by others. It expresses in terms children can understand what it means to look different. The pictures in this book are very simple and are quite delightful for the children to look at.

The author does a really good job explaining in simple ter
Aug 21, 2012 Cinta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC of The Rainbow Stick Boy, both written and illustrated by Michael Santolini. This short children's book is really a delight to read. I give it 5 stars.

Besides, the illustrations make you get into the stories at another level, almost a magical one. The story and illustrations look very simple, but the story is a very deep one. It talks about a boy who is born different to the rest of the people in his town, the Rainbow Stick Boy. Since he is different, people start discriminating hi
Nov 06, 2012 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2012
This was certainly a well thought out book and had a wonderful message. Huey, a stick boy is the only of his kind - he's made up of all sorts of colours from the rainbow. It was clever how the artist illustrated this with little pieces of fibre. He brings all sorts of magic to the world, even though everyone thinks he is strange at first.

Unfortunately, I felt the book could have been a little more engaging. The writing feels a little stiff compared to other picture books I've read lately. I know
Jun 24, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book provides a wonderful way to help young children understand diversity. The rainbow stick boy is different from every other stick in his town because he is colored many colors and not just one as every other stick is. Because he is different and because others notice it, he tries many ways to camouflage his varied colors, but nothing really works. Finally, he and the rest learn how to accept him and others who may be different. As I said, this book can easily provide a lesson for young ...more
Rae Ryans
Dec 05, 2012 Rae Ryans rated it it was amazing
The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no further compensation was received.

This is an adorable story that features a town set in its ways. When a child is born that fits outside of their mold, that boy is faced with ridicule and bullying from his peers. We follow the child as he grows, and copes with being born different.

The book features artwork that is both cute and whimsical. Everything is drawn in stick figures, and it fits since th
Aug 29, 2012 Darin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This children's book is a description of how people in society tend to place people into sections of society based on how they look or what family they come from. This is fairly typical in the world as many are placed into a category based on their color, race or beliefs.
This boy was soon discouraged and hurt by the names that people would call him and the fact that he looked different than the others around him.
One day while going for a long walk, he found a girl named Rae who became his friend
Dec 02, 2012 Deanna added it
I think a lot of great lessons can come from this story. Children need to know they are unique, but that they are all kids, no matter the race or disability. Huey was born different, so he doesn't know any other life than to be colorful. (This can be very relatable to children.) The kids in Chromaville make fun of him, mainly because they have never seen anyone with many colors. Even the grandmother stick person tells the children it wasn't okay to be different when she was young, but now it is ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Teracia rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author for an honest review. My 4 year old granddaughter Liliana and I reviewed this book together. As I was reading this book she was glued to the screen. She felt sorry for the rainbow stick boy when the other kids made fun of him, and was simply giddy when he was accepted into the world as a beautiful rainbow of color." Grammy, I like more color in the world.". I give this book a resounding 5 stars because I think it helped reinforce the lesson of tolerance and ...more
Thera Rhodes
Nov 30, 2012 Thera Rhodes rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. I read it through myself first and I loved it. I thought the story was a very good one with good morals and values. It was written in a way that would make a kid think. I then read it to my two daughters. One is 7 and the other is 8 (almost 9). The 7 year old LOVED it! She thought it was a great story. The 8 year old said she liked it but that she had read better. Afterall, she is 8 and has a different opinion. Overall, I would recommend ...more
Unorthodox Mama
Oct 26, 2012 Unorthodox Mama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Unorthodox Mama by: Author
I had seen The Rainbow Stick boy mentioned on Twitter for awhile before the review so I was already plenty curious.

Rainbow Stick Boy is a charming book. Simple illustrations but a deep story.

I love this book. It is one I think should be in every school library, as well as used in elementary school curriculum.

We are all different, it is something that should be accepted and celebrated. Rainbow Stick boy gets that point across beautifully.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. All
Dec 02, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: the author sent me a link for a free download of the book which resulted from my entering (but not winning) a FirstReads copy. This was done in exchange for my promise to review the book.

That being said, it was a book that was worth paying for! I read it to my 5-year old, and the illustrations, although very basic, tell the story very well and teach the lesson that diversity enhances each of our lives. I asked her, at the end, if she "loved it" or if she "really liked it", and s
Mammy Oaklee
Oct 30, 2012 Mammy Oaklee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children
The Rainbow Stick Boy, by Michael Santolini, who is also the illustrator, did a very nice job in putting this book together! The cover is clean, crisp, colorful and attractive. The simplicity of stick people (which look textured in appearance) engages the imagination for children to understand the story with ease.

The Rainbow Stick Boy is about one who grows up and is clearly different than all those around him. Despite rejection, he keeps a good heart until an opportunity is presented for him to
Sep 06, 2012 WiLoveBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, review-copy
My kids love this story. Story is clearly told and children can relate to it. My son likes when they become friends. His favorite part of any story. The illustrations are simple and fun. The message is about accepting people who are different and I could see a print version being used in an elementary or early childhood classroom setting. Children could even make up their own Rainbow Stick Boy (or girl) stories. Lots of possibilities with this one.
Lisa Miller Chandler
Aug 08, 2012 Lisa Miller Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
This children's book was delightful with a very important message for everyone... Not just kids. I received the book free and lived it. My 7 year old liked it as well.

I am usually very touchy about illustration & styles, but the simplicity of the illustrations worked out beautifully. I kick myself for not thinking of it! Haha.

Wonderful story & beautiful, whimsical art work.
Dec 02, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing

Rainbow Stick Boy is a marvelous book with fun illustrations and an important lesson for children. I read this book to my 2 year old daughter and she was enthralled with the main character, Huey. She loved the pictures and made me read her the story several times in a row!
Definitely a must have for young children!
Jodi Stone
Aug 09, 2012 Jodi Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed everything about this book. The cover invites you in with the bright colors,and the story is just as charming.

This book takes the main character, Huey on a journey where he learns to accept this differences,and learns that being different is what makes him special.

I would recommend this for anyone with young children or grandchildren.

Dec 03, 2012 Logan rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story about children who are different learning to become friends. I think it would be a great story to share with young children. The only thing I disliked were the pictures as they weren't very engaging. However, it keeps you focused on the story.
Aug 30, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute book with a wonderful message!
Kim McHughes
Nov 08, 2012 Kim McHughes rated it it was amazing
Great story of diversity and acceptance. The illustrations are simple, yet effective.
Michael Santolini
Aug 09, 2012 Michael Santolini rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beauty of diversity, July 28, 2012
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"The Rainbow Stick Boy" touched my heart! I have been an early childhood educator for many, many years and have always promoted a love for differences whether they be in race,
Jan 24, 2013 Stacie rated it really liked it
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Rainbow Stick Boy by Michael Santolini is an inspiring story that teaches young readers to accept others for who they are on the inside.

"In a village called Chromaville lived stick people who were always born one solid color," but when the Biv family had their baby he was a mix of all the colors. Even though their son, Huey, was different they loved him just the same. Other stick families questioned why Huey was so different. Huey found it difficult to make friends and often times he felt sad an
Mar 16, 2013 TheCosyDragon rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

This is a cute little children's book which extols the virtues of being different, and finding that someone special to share it with you. Rainbow Stick Boy is different from all the other people in his village because he's multiple colours, not only one. But there's something else special about him anyway.

This is a cute little picture book, but n
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Jul 24, 2013 Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) rated it did not like it
For a child's book, I found this to be poorly written. I hate to give a poor review to a child's book, but I truly didn't enjoy reading this book, and neither did my daughter who is two. Not that her opinion is creditable, but the pictures weren't grabbing her attention like other children's books do. The story line was a little dull, therefore not grabbing the child's attention either. I think with less words in the story, and a simpler story line, the book might make it a bit more interesting. ...more
May 17, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing
Simple illustrations accompany a wonderful story about a stick boy who is born different.

While every other stick person is one colour, Huey is born rainbow coloured. The book looks at how he is treated differently, how he tries to hide what he is so he can fit in and could easily be used to help children understand MANY differences in life. I read this to see if it would help my Aspergers son to understand that being a bit different is okay, and it will be perfect for that, but could easily be u
Julie Barrett
Jun 27, 2014 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
The Rainbow Stick Boy (A children's picture book about diversity, and the beauty within)
Colorful hand drawn illustrations children's book about a town where every family have their own color.
The color is on them and their house, fences, etc.
One day a boy is born and he's multicolored like a rainbow and nobody knows what color to call him because they do not know what a rainbow is.
He comes up with a solution to the problem and then meets the girl who was born the same day as he. she has magic po
Dec 04, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
A very simple story, not only in words but also the illustrations are in a simple, child-like format. When Huey is born different colors from the other stick people, he is not accepted and feels left out and lonely. With the help of a friend and a magic rock, the others in town see beauty in a rainbow of color. A good introduction for young children to the idea of looking for the beauty within rather than what they see on the outside.
Joyce Mosby
Dec 07, 2012 Joyce Mosby rated it liked it
This book is meant for children. It could be a great discussion starter in school or at home about diversity and the importance of treating others fairly. Parents could have a good conversation with their children after reading this.
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Michael lives in the Sacramento area with his wife and 3 kids ages 5,3 and 1. Michael started writing his first children's e-book in Late May of 2012 and in July "The Rainbow Stick Boy" was published on Amazon. His inspiration came from reading children's books to his three children. When not writing his blog -- he enjoys family time, bowling, and reviewing
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