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  • Published: 21 May 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241519738
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.99

Can You Get Rainbows in Space?

A Colourful Compendium of Space and Science




Can You Get Rainbows in Space? answers the colourful questions that we've all had, including 'why is the sky blue?' and 'why are carrots orange?' in this beautifully illustrated compendium of space and science.

Why is blood red? Why are carrots orange? Who invented the lightbulb? Why is the world 'going green'? Is the sky really blue? And what is ultraviolet light?

You'll discover the answers to these questions - and many more - in this incredible collection of scientific facts about colour. We'll talk about light (the most important thing) and waves (not the kind you see at the beach - though you will learn why the sea looks blue!). You'll find out how some animals are able to glow in the dark and how others change their colours to hide from predators.

Keep reading to discover why leaves change colour in the autumn, why your veins look blue but your blood is red, and how the language we use shapes the colours we see . . .

And you'll even be taught by a real astronomer, Dr Sheila Kanani, exactly how to make a rainbow - in space.

  • Published: 21 May 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241519738
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Dr Sheila Kanani

Puffin (Author)
Since publishing a series of non-fiction in 1940, Puffin has grown to become one of the most iconic children's entertainment brands in the world. Publishing stories for children from 0 -12 Puffin is home to famous authors, illustrators and children's brands including Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Snowman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid to name but a few. Many of these stories live beyond the book and have inspired films, music and games.

Puffin is always on the look-out for new talent and is committed to giving children access to stories, through innovative formats and partnerships; ensuring that the magic of imagination passes from one generation to the next.

Dream big, Read Puffin.

Sheila Kanani (Author)
Dr Sheila Kanani is a space cadet, with her head high up in the clouds, even though her feet are firmly on planet Earth. Sheila became interested in space and astronomy at the age of 13 and her passion sky-rocketed from there. She has a PhD in planetary science and her favourite planet is Saturn. Her favourite 'work' interests are teaching GCSE Astronomy and giving public talks to audiences of all ages and sizes, while representing her place of work, the Royal Astronomical Society, which she adores.

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Praise for Can You Get Rainbows in Space?

"This beautifully illustrated journey over the rainbow gave me the answers to fascinating questions I hadn't even realised I really needed to ask! A book shimmering with joyously colourful facts to focus the curiosity of young readers."

Kate Pankhurst

"Can You Get Rainbows in Space is a stunning kaleidoscope beaming out a huge range of science topics, from astronomy to zoology, expertly stitched together by the threads of colours!"

Professor Raman Prinja

"The most colourful book about science and our world and why it is so beautiful!"

Jenny Jacoby

"It's a glowing journey through the rainbow. Who knew the secret of why some eyes are blue, and that it's actually an optical illusion! Lavishly illustrated, this book shows us there's so much to find out about our colourful world and how we see it."

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