Can't Transitions To Can
With A Friend Who's True Blue
A transgender ant feels frustrated because her body looks red, but she dreams of being indigo-colored instead. A cisgender turtle wants to try to jump so high she touches the sky.
When they meet, the ant is torn between revealing her true identity and staying safe, so she introduces herself as Can’t the red ant. The turtle is full of enthusiasm and encouragement, but the ant remains skeptical. Woven with lessons learned from the non-binary grasshopper, will the turtle ever get the ant to jump? Will the ant find the courage to reveal her true self?
This first book of the “Gender Rainbow” series is a two-part rhyming story filled with lessons in friendship and an I CAN attitude.
I am in tears. If my child had been able to read this, they may have transitioned before the age of 20 and it would have been so much better. I don't know how parents are going to read this book aloud to their children without tears and a froggy throat every time. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this story and the artwork are. This is a brilliant, world-changing book.
Jackie Burt, Author of Orsch... Cutting the Edge in Education
We just finished the story and my child absolutely loved it! The illustrations were bright and charming and perfect. Great job on writing this book! This book is absolutely amazing!
Darcy Fleming, parent
About the Author: Leah Irby remarked to her future husband, when first meeting him on the dance floor, that she could see herself living in Stockholm someday. With a detour first to India, her life would eventually take her to Sweden where she lives with her family today. Leah spent many years as an orchestra teacher in the United States, helping children find their unique voice and a place to belong. Dancing lindy hop, playing viola, and hanging out with swans are a few of her favorite things. As a solo recording artist, she continues to use music to heal and inspire.
About the Illustrator: Jessica Gamboa creates art from her home in Argentina, but dreams of traveling the world with her pencil, watercolors and digital canvas. She graduated from art school in Buenos Aires with a focus on children’s book illustration. She is the illustrator of Noodle Monster by Sarah Quirk and half a dozen other stories.
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