Big Dipper and You

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It shines all night, all year long, pointing directions as steady as a compass, telling time as true as a clock, and marking the seasons as sure as a calendar. American Indians and ancient Greeks called it a bear, the vikings called it a wagon, and many English people call it the plough. Egyptians blessed their mummies with its likeness, and runaway slaves followed it north to freedom — the Big Dipper.

"A splendid introduction to the splendors of the heavens." —Kirkus Reviews"An...

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It shines all night, all year long, pointing directions as steady as a compass, telling time as true as a clock, and marking the seasons as sure as a calendar. American Indians and ancient Greeks called it a bear, the vikings called it a wagon, and many English people call it the plough. Egyptians blessed their mummies with its likeness, and runaway slaves followed it north to freedom — the Big Dipper.

"A splendid introduction to the splendors of the heavens." —Kirkus Reviews"An introduction to the relationship between the stars and planet Earth, using the Big Dipper and the North Star as chief characters....Clear, simply presented facts, aided by many cheerful b&w illustrations."—Kirkus Reviews. "An entertaining, informative, and simple presentation."—School Library Journal.

Author Biography: Dr. E.C. Krupp and Robin Rector Krupp have worked together on The Comet and You (Macmillan), the first children's book to receive the American Institue of Physics Science-Writing Award; The Big Dipper and You (Mulberry), an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children' and, most recently, The Moon and You (Mulberry). Dr. Krupp is the Director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and an expert on ancient and prehistoric astronomy.

Presents what is known today and past beliefs about the Big Dipper, or Ursa Major, and gives added information on the North Star, or Polaris.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The Krupps have created a book that really opens up the heavens for readers; an engaging and understandable writing style and black-and-white illustrations clearly illustrate the points being made. The focus is on the Big Dipper, a collection of stars that mankind has been watching for years. One reason the star group is so important is its use as a pointer to the North Star which is the only star that stands still. Navigators use the North Star for many centuries and escaping slaves also used the North Star to keep them headed in the correct direction. Slaves often referred to the Big Dipper as the Drinking Gourd and teachers as well as parents may want to pair this title with Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter (Knopf). Krupp also explains the reason for seasons and the way stars appears at these different times of year. 1999 (orig.
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K-Gr 3-- An entertaining, informative, and simple presentation for young astronomers. Krupp describes the constellation and its use in locating the North Star, the apparent rotation, the rising and setting of stars, and points out that the stars in a constellation aren't really grouped together in space. He explains how some cultures used the Big Dipper to keep track of the seasons, and points out that the name given to the constellation varies from culture to culture. The illustrations, powerful pencil drawings, will help children visualize the abstract concepts being presented, while adding humor and great visual appeal. Krupp even touches on the shifting of the North Star caused by the wobble in the earth's rotation. Two small quibbles. . .the use of the Dipper to tell time (hours) is mentioned but not really explained, and even in the country well water doesn't usually require the use of a bucket and dipper these days. These minor difficulties will not detract from the overall usefulness of the title, which can easily hold its own when compared with titles in the ``Let's Read and Find Out'' science series (Crowell). --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613166072
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding

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