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Find the Constellations
     

Find the Constellations

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by H. A. Rey
 

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Containing star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons and the movement of the objects we see in the sky, this classic book makes H. A. Rey’s passion for astronomy evident on every page.
Second edition updates concentrate on the planetary and solar system information in the latter part of the book. Facts and figures for each

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Containing star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons and the movement of the objects we see in the sky, this classic book makes H. A. Rey’s passion for astronomy evident on every page.
Second edition updates concentrate on the planetary and solar system information in the latter part of the book. Facts and figures for each planet have been revised, and new scientific information has been added, such as Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet.

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"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." - Horn Book Guide
Children's Literature - Francine Jackson
H.A. Rey, best known for creating Curious George, also had an interest in the night sky. In this book, he begins with the easiest known sky picture, the Big Dipper, and uses it to expand the stars around it to form the constellation the Great Bear. Then on to other easy to locate patterns near the Great Bear. He explains why the stars in his book are not all alike—they have different levels of brightness, called magnitude, which he differentiates on his star charts. Rey also names the brightest stars, the constellations they are within, and the season where they are most prominent. He gives some mythology concerning the more well-known constellations, although some tales are slightly different than versions readers may be familiar with. Two of the most useful sections in this book are the Star Quizzes, introducing the constellations both with lines and without, and then showing the Sky View, an actual map of the constellations visible each season. An entire page is devoted to the positions of the five naked-eye planets visible through 2026. Also, because this book’s last copyright date was 1982, there is an update noting the change in the status of Pluto, from ninth planet to dwarf, and an attempt to explain why. Close readers may note that some of Rey’s constellation drawings are slightly different from that of other star books. (Compared to other guides, the Big Bear is backwards and Pegasus, the Flying Horse, has his feet where his head normally is.) But, quite honestly, it does not matter much. Rey’s book has lasted for decades as a solid introduction to the night sky. As a first look up, a reader—of any age—cannot go wrong with this book. Reviewer: Francine Jackson; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547131405
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Horn Book

"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Horn Book Guide

Meet the Author

The Reys were born in Hamburg, Germany. Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) met his wife-to-be, Margret (1906-1996), at a party in her father’s home in Germany; when he first caught a glimpse of her, she was sliding down the banister. In their twenties and thirties they lived in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans sold bathtubs in villages along the Amazon River. Eventually Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the Reys’ home and community. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together, including SPOTTY, PRETZEL, and lift-the-flap books such as HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The manuscript of the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and CURIOUS GEORGE was published in 1941. Their incorrigible little monkey has become an American icon, selling millions of books and capturing the hearts of readers everywhere. CURIOUS GEORGE has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977
Website:
http://www.curiousgeorge.com

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Find the Constellations 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for kids who starting to learn about constellations. The author made it fun and easy for my 7 years old son to understand and mesmerize all the facts. Thanks to the librarian who recommended this book for us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and found it very informative and easy to understand for someone just starting to learn about the stars. However, i had a lot of problems trying to read it on my nook tablet and just ended up buying the real book. The pictures were small and had text you could hardly read. If you turned it sideways, it made the pictures readable but cut them off. As i got tward the end, the pictures were missing altogether. Not very helpful when is a star map you would like to memorise. If you are interested in learning or teaching your kids about the constelations i recomend buying a real book and skipping the nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book to work on projects or just to find out what is beyond our hemisphere.
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
An exceptional first book introduction to the stars for children.
ChubzKC More than 1 year ago
Lots of information about he stars
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