Pink: A Women’s March Story

Running. Kids. Jan. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780762473892.
Gr 1-4–The 2017 Women’s March is the climactic event in this warm, loving story about a family who knits hats together to wear for the march and discusses the value of gender equity. Lina’s grandma loves to knit and takes her grandchildren with her to the yarn store to pick out special pink yarn for a march in Washington, DC. Lina learns how to knit and, in doing so, the motif of diligence, togetherness, and support are emphasized, exploring feminism in a candid, open way. Gender norms, such as whether men can be feminists or wear pink, are gently shattered by the men in Lina’s family and the positive repetition of phrases like “you are strong and smart and beautiful.” While it lacks some transitions between scenes, the illustrations provide a continuity of movement and balance. Mixed media collage draws the eye toward text placement and art. As an extended metaphor, it adds to the theme that equity and dignity are ideas individuals do not stop working towards together. Includes an author’s note.
VERDICT Highly recommended for collections serving youth for its demonstration of feminism, equity, and exploration of gender norms.

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