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Monday 21 December 2020

Review: Chasing Rainbows

Can anyone chase a rainbow? If so, how is it done?

Siblings Sam and Ruby love rainbows. 

Their dad tells them stories about the rainbow magic he sees from his helicopter.

Their minds draw pictures of what they could see and feel and do with a rainbow if they could also see the rainbow magic. They long for a rainbow to appear to them in puddles.

But it is a sun shower that brings the colours they’ve waited for. They try to catch it but they can’t reach. Not on their pogo sticks, or jumping on the trampoline, or from the roof of their cubby house.

They continue to long for the rainbow magic that dad talks about.

They have a brief glance of their rainbow again when the sun glitters through the hose water, but it disappears too soon.

There was one way that they could see dad’s rainbow magic. The only way. But would the children get their wish?

A world of colour is to be found throughout the book, ideally matching the children’s fantasy of rainbow magic. Illustrations in bold lines and vibrant tones produce up-close full page images.

Highly imaginative, the story captures children’s longing for the impossible; the mystery and the magic which sometimes becomes possible.

Title: Chasing Rainbows
Author: Katrina McKelvey
Illustrator: Cheri Hughes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing, $ 14.99
Publication Date: 13 August 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922265708
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book