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Lovey Livy Lu: A Rainbow View, written by Gia Lacqua and illustrated by Zuzana Svobodová, is a children's picture book and the first work of the Limitless Little Leaders series. The book begins with an inquisitive child named Livy Lu who is sitting with her mother and recounting a conversation with a friend. Livy Lu says her friend told her there was no pink in the rainbow, but Livy Lu is certain she has seen pink in rainbows with her own eyes. Her mother then goes on to explain that different people have different perspectives and that neither she nor her friend is wrong. Livy Lu was basing the observation on real rainbows whereas her friend was looking at a drawing. Other examples are given, such as sunrise versus sunset, the colors of a chameleon, and the shapes of clouds, all depicted in full color and narrated in a lyrical, sing-song style of writing.
There is no shortage of new books swirling around in children's literature, but there is most certainly a shortage of original themes and stories that develop outside the parameters of the same old ideas that have been recycled too many times. Enter Lovey Livy Lu: A Rainbow View with a concept that had my littlest reader sitting up on her pillows and leaning forward when she discovered, finally, the story was moving in a direction she'd not experienced before. Gia Lacqua has emerged as a fresh new voice for kids and she weaves together acceptance and understanding in a world where not everything has to be right or wrong, black or white. Sometimes, it's pink, and other times it's green or blue. Lacqua's clever, rhythmic words are brought to life visually through the exceptional artistry of Zuzana Svobodová. Jewel tones and primary-colored illustrations mix into the stimulating artwork. Lacqua and Svobodová are a kid-lit dream team and I look forward to seeing where the Limitless Little Leaders series goes next.