On CBC Radio this morning, Day Six host Brent Bambury had an interview with noted science writer Richard Dawkins about a new book he’s written called The Magic of Reality.

In the book, Dawkins relates different myths from different cultures that have sprung up over the millennia to try to explain various facets of our existence. Being myths, they are unconstrained by reality, and thus are full of vivid imagery, stirring heroes and magical occurrences that make for very captivating reading.

Dawkins then proceeds to provide the scientific explanation for the event or circumstance in question, arguing in the process that it too is something that should inspire wonder and awe in us.

As Tim Radford of The Guardian observes in his review of the book, Dawkins has covered similar ground in previous books like The God Delusion (2006) and Unweaving the Rainbow (1998). But this time his intended audience is children, so the book is written in non-scientific language and contains plenty of gorgeous illustrations.

Here’s hoping The Magic of Reality makes it into the libraries and classrooms of all the public (and private) schools in Saskatchewan. And if you know a child/family that might benefit from a bit of “enlightenment” as far as science goes, it would make a great gift.