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Our Stars

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Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they're far away, stars are part of your world, too! Just lift up your eyes to see.
Anne Rockwell explains the universe with bright pictures and simple text in a book that will delight any curious child's mind!

A simple introduction to the stars, planets, and outer space.

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Overview

Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they're far away, stars are part of your world, too! Just lift up your eyes to see.
Anne Rockwell explains the universe with bright pictures and simple text in a book that will delight any curious child's mind!

A simple introduction to the stars, planets, and outer space.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Told in language that kids will understand, making them feel right at home in the vast universe."—Sesame Street Parents
"This is a book for adults to talk about with children . . . to raise big questions and open up discussion about the wonder of the universe."—Booklist
Children's Literature
This is a marvelous resource to introduce young children to the wonders of astronomy and space. Told in simple language, it explains basic concepts about stars, planets, meteors, and space exploration. The full-color illustrations by the author enhance the learning experience and demonstrate phases of the moon, comets, meteors, constellations, and the arrangement of the planets in the solar system. The book could possibly be read independently by first and second graders; however, younger children may need help understanding some of the complex information included. This is a great book to have on hand when young children look up into the sky and ask, "Why?" 2002 (orig. 1999), Voyager Books,
— Joanne Draper <%ISBN%>0152163603
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Rockwell begins and ends with stars, but in between attempts to inform children about planets, meteors, comets, and moons. Given that there are only 22 pages of text, with 3 short sentences per page at most, it's an impossible task. The author's trademark artwork in bright colors is eye-catching but really doesn't amplify the all-too-brief narrative. Beneath a painting depicting the constellation Orion readers are told, "When we see Orion the Hunter in the sky, we know it is the season to harvest what we planted." Given that Orion is visible from October to March, that's a long harvest season. Rockwell states, "Streaks of light that look like faraway fireworks are meteors. We call them shooting stars." Fine, but what are they really, and what are children to make of the statement that, "Some stars are so far away that their fire has burned out by the time the brightness reaches us?" In an effort to provide an introduction to the young, Rockwell has simplified too much. Gail Gibbons's Stargazers Holiday, 1992 is a better choice for this age group.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152163600
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 347,942
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE ROCKWELL has written and illustrated several books for children, including the companion book, Our Earth. She lives in Connecticut.

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