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Can You Get Rainbows in Space?

Authored by Dr Sheila Kanani
Illustrated by Liz Kay
Published by Penguin Random House Children's UK

Can You Get Rainbows in Space?: This non-fiction book explores space and science by looking at each colour of the rainbow.

Can You Get Rainbows in Space? starts with an explanation of how we see light and colour. It then takes each colour of the rainbow and shares some key facts about it. For example, at Indian weddings some brides wear red which symbolises love, commitment and strength and that in the early 1900s, purple was one of the colours representing Women’s Suffrage which stood for freedom and dignity. This is followed by more information on other aspects linked to the colour such as why the seas are blue or why leaves turn orange in Autumn. I found the facts fascinating and I liked the way that each colour was a different section. After the colours there is a section ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ which explores the parts of the spectrum that are invisible to the human eye. Finally, the book focuses on rainbows and answers the title of the book – Can You Get Rainbows in Space?

This is a well written book which helps children to explore science in the everyday world. The use of clear diagrams and illustrations helps to bring the science aspects alive and support understanding. These add to the text rather than distract from it and children will find them interesting.

I would recommend this book as part of a library, or in the book corner, for children to pick up and become engrossed in. The topics were varied and I learnt lots of interesting facts such as the colour orange was named after the fruit over 200 years after the fruit was named; previously to this the colour was called yellow-red. This is a book that any child (or teacher!) would enjoy revisiting time after time.