Over the Rainbow

The science, magic and meaning of rainbows

Illustrator: Wenjia Tang

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Flying Eye Books

Age 7+

Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction

Covering the science, their various beautiful forms in nature, other amazing light forms and much more, this is the perfect book for budding scientists, artists or just lovers of all things rainbow.

There’s nothing better than a rainbow appearing after a storm, but have you ever wondered why they appear and what makes them so colourful? Rainbows have fascinated us for centuries and there’s so much to learn from them. From inspiring different mythology, literature, television and culture to becoming a symbol of hope, acceptance and pride, find out more about these natural wonders in this beautifully illustrated and fascinating guide.


Rachael Davis studied Mathematics at Oxford University and then went to work in Finance. When her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Rachael decided life was too short not to do what you love. She left her job, did a masters in English Literature at Surrey University, became a full-time writer, and has never looked back. Her first picture book, I am NOT a Prince!, will be published by Hachette early in 2022. Rachael lives in Hampshire with her husband and two young daughters.

Wenjia Tang is a Chinese-born freelance illustrator graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration in 2017. After living and working in NYC for a few years, she returned to China in 2020 and resides in Nanjing with her parents. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and 3x3 Magazine etc. Some of her clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Airbnb, Audubon Society, Remy Martin, DK, Little Tiger and Kids Can Press.


From how they’re created to all the different things they can mean to people, this book beautifully shares the many ways that rainbows bring colour and light to our world. Understanding nature is the key to encouraging us to take better care of it and ‘Over the Rainbow’ provides all the awe and wonder we need to do just that.

A beautiful book that captures the science, history and cultural significance of rainbows. This book is for anyone who wants to learn more about one of nature’s most beautiful optical illusions!

Beautifully crafted with lively and colourful illustrations, this is a fun and fact-filled history of what rainbows mean to us and how they have shaped our imaginations.

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