A delightful picture book about exploring colour, from two award-winning creators.
KIM KANE was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for 'a writer, a dancer or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law. Kim's picture books have all been notable or shortlisted in the CBCA Awards. Awards for her novels include Inky and Davitt shortlistings, a WA Premier's Book Awards honorary mention, and winning the Barbara Ramsden Award. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne. She writes whenever and wherever she can.
SARA ACTON is an award-winning author and illustrator. She studied fine art and trained as an art teacher in London. After teaching and practising art in England and NZ, Sara moved with her family to Australia. Sara now lives in a small seaside village near Sydney, where she enjoys writing and illustrating for children in her studio whilst drinking tea and eating far too many biscuits. Her first picture book, Ben and Duck, won the 2012 CBCA Crichton Award.
Gentle yet bright colourful illustrations jump off the cover of this delightful picture book. The young reader is invited to follow the action of the swinging girl into the depths of the book to discover more. Esther finds a rainbow but "as quickly as it had come, it was gone". We traverse the rest of the book trying to find the rainbow. Each colour is found, one by one, until the very end when the full rainbow is found giving a satisfying ending.
This is a book which can be read purely for enjoyment or used to discover more about colour and specifically the colours of the rainbow. The language is rich and begs the release of the child’s own stories to be shared. The story encourages a bit of anticipation without being overly repetitive. One colour might have Esther seeing it and smelling it; another might have taste and sight. What is yellow? Esther tastes yellow ‘in pears warm from the tree’ – a perfect example for students to try their own expressions from their own experiences. Days of the week and the five senses are cleverly interwoven without appearing to be didactic. They do provide a perfect springboard for discussions with young children either at home or at school.
Text and illustration are perfectly matched in this book and by the end the reader is just as happy as Esther with the discovery of the rainbow. The non-reader will happily turn the pages and tell the story of the rainbow and its colours easily engaging with these delightful illustrations. My guess is that this is a book that will resonate very well with parents, teachers and children in the early years.
Ruth Jones, Alice Springs NT