Why? : A Sciencey, Rhymey Guide to Rainbows

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This is a book for all the children who love asking Why?--and all the parents who struggle to answer!

Her daddy wiped his sweating head, she looked him in the eye. With growing passion in her voice, she asked intently, Why?

Dad is quite confident in explaining how a rainbow is made to his curious daughter, but when she keeps repeating why? his explanation spirals deep into science-y lingo that has his brow sweating! How far will he have to go until he satisfies her curiosity? A science-y, rhymey guide to rainbows that even those with no scientific knowledge can enjoy. This fun, lively story is written by Dr. Billy Dunne and illustrated in brilliantly bright rainbow colors by Rhys Jefferys.

A great gift for children and parents who are going through the why stage. This book presents a fun, tongue-in-cheek way to learn about the science of rainbows! Suitable for children aged 3 - 6 years old.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 241 x 244 x 10mm | 386g
  • West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1848866488
  • 9781848866485

Review quote

Everything in the world is new and amazing and sparks wonder in young children.

Dad points out a beautiful rainbow as he walks with his little girl and tells her that rainbows are seen when the sun comes out after it rains. His daughter is wonderstruck and curiously asks, 'Why?' That's only the beginning. Dad's explanations about color, light refraction, wavelengths, and even the 'photon quantum field' grow deeper, more scientific and detailed, only to be greeted with yet another 'why?' from the child. Dad grows extremely anxious as he sweats with nerves and is driven to tears endeavoring to satisfy his little girl's endless curiosity while she seems to delight in the information, embracing it with joy even though it is way above her understanding. She becomes aware of his discomfort and lets him know how much she appreciates him. Then she spots something else that readers know will definitely elicit that question again. The book's subtitle, 'A Sciencey, Rhymey Guide to Rainbows, ' sets the tone and format. All the science is real and played out within a warm, loving father-daughter relationship. Dunne's rhyming text and Jefferys' colorful, eye-catching illustrations are totally in tandem, seamlessly meshing the scientific terminology with increasingly intricate diagrams. The characters are depicted as redheads and present White. A bit of science presented with love and joy. Charming.--Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal" (8/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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4 50% (12)
3 33% (8)
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