Can You Get Rainbows in Space?


Can You Get Rainbows in Space? is an irresistible and fascinating treasure trove of information about colours, light and how they create amazing sights in the world. The book is divided into chapters devoted to each of the colours of the rainbow, with each section explaining how we see that particular colour.  Indeed, along the way we also learn how different animals see colour.

There is a heap of engrossing facts and figures throughout.  For instance, did you know that hippos have red sweat and that blue eyes are actually clear of any pigmentation?.  Perhaps this reviewer has led a sheltered life (or in reality, I failed my science ‘O’ levels), but I didn’t know that the primary colours of light that humans can see are red, blue and green. Furthermore, when green and red light are mixed, they make yellow.

This is a super guide to the wide world of colours, including black and white, as well as section on fluorescence, infrared and ultraviolet. It’s essential for every home and school library.

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Can You Get Rainbows in Space?

A Colourful Compendium of Space and Science

Dr Sheila Kanani, illustrated by Liz Kay


If you have you ever wondered why frogs are usually green, or if the sun is really yellow, then this is the book for you! Can You Get Rainbows in Space? answers these and many more questions, such why the sea is blue.
Expertly written by author and astronomer, Dr Sheila Kanani, this is the perfect book on the science of light and colours.  Each chapter is based on one of the colours of the rainbow, although we also learn about black and white, as well as fluorescence. The colours are described in terms of their science, but also how the colour has influenced cultures and history.  For instance, I now know the meaning by the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’.  I also know why Mars is known as the red planet and why a hippo’s sweat is red.
As well as the super-informative text, there are brightly evocative illustrations by Liz Kay.  These perfectly complement each other alongside the design and layout.
Readers wanting to know even more about colours should check out The Colours of History, also available in the Bookwagon on-line bookstore.


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