Gr 4-6-With help from an award-winning science teacher, Graun follows up the excellent Our Earth and the Solar System (Ken, 2001) with a sweeping look at stars, the nebulae in which they are born, the galaxies in which they cluster, and how astronomers use various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to observe it all. Plainly enthusiastic about their topic, the authors pack every bit of space, front endpapers to rear, with specific, systematically organized information, some of which is repeated or restated several times for emphasis. The illustrations are particularly well chosen and integrated into the discourse. For instance, viewers are challenged to distinguish "local" stars from far more distant galaxies in a deep space photo (and told how), and are later offered not just one view of the Milky Way, but nine, each taken with a different kind of camera or film. For children who've caught the astronomy bug, the authors not only note which of the celestial features they highlight are visible with the naked eye or a small telescope, but also place them on a pair of simplified sky charts. Hard science with an admixture of wonder, this hard-to-resist tour of the Great Beyond merits a place on library shelves alongside Seymour Simon's The Universe (Morrow, 1998).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.