Stories in the Stars

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Look up in the sky! There's a flying horse, a queen, and even a dragon! The night sky is a treasure trove of stories filled with heroes, wild animals, and adventure. It's just a matter of knowing where to look. Fifteen constellations are portrayed in this fun guide to astronomy, from easily recognizable Ursa Major, the big bear, to the distinct stars of Orion, the famous hunter. Each constellation features a pronunciation guide, a myth to explain the constellation, and sure-fire instructions on how to find each ...

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Overview

Look up in the sky! There's a flying horse, a queen, and even a dragon! The night sky is a treasure trove of stories filled with heroes, wild animals, and adventure. It's just a matter of knowing where to look. Fifteen constellations are portrayed in this fun guide to astronomy, from easily recognizable Ursa Major, the big bear, to the distinct stars of Orion, the famous hunter. Each constellation features a pronunciation guide, a myth to explain the constellation, and sure-fire instructions on how to find each group of stars. This ultimate guide to stargazing is the perfect bedtime book -- just don't expect to get much sleep!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Astronomers have been trying to explain the mysteries of the stars for centuries, with varying degrees of success. Joan Hinz breaks through the scientific fog in this amazing book about the constellations. This beautifully illustrated book explores fifteen constellations. Detailed drawings show how the position of the stars fit together to create a figure. The Greek myth associated with each constellation is told in an easily understandable story format. Extra sidebars are used to add additional details. Hinz has done an incredible job of making this intimidating subject come alive for children and adults alike. It would come as no surprise if this were to become a textbook supplement for the study of astronomy at the elementary level. The only way to improve this terrific book would be to make it available as a hardbound edition since it will definitely get a lot of use. 2002, Whitecap Books, $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Paulette Jackson AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
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Gr 4-7-Combining classical mythology and astronomy, this slim volume introduces novice stargazers to the night sky. The book begins with a brief introduction to why groups of stars became identified with pictures and what equipment beginners need in order to see them. Then 15 of the most common of the "official" 88 constellations are discussed. Each chapter begins with an illustration of the constellation and its major stars. After identifying the season for best viewing it, its origin(s), usually mythological, is told in story form. A "Where Is It?" feature describes how to find the pattern and what major stars to locate in order to "connect the dots." Aside from the myths, the most interesting and informative sections of each chapter are the "Space Notes," highlighted in dark blue, and "A Closer Look," highlighted in light purple. While both sections give important general and specific astronomical data, "A Closer Look" concentrates more on the stars within the constellation. The illustrations, especially, will catch the eye of younger children. A "Checklist of Constellations" and a star map are helpful for summarizing and putting the information into perspective. Students may well develop a lifelong interest in astronomy from reading books such as this.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552851821
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Dot to Dot in the Sky
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,182,410
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Joan Marie Galat spent hours gazing up at the night sky from snow forts and through car windows on long road trips. She shares her love of the stars in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which combines the science of the night sky with the ancient myths that give the constellations and planets their names.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    wake up - the stars are out!!

    As an adult I really enjoyed the detail and the space notes, as a mom I really, really enjoyed sitting in the backyard at night with my kids!! The notes made it very easy to find the constellations and the layout made it easy to read by flashlight. I have donated a copy to our school library and sent copies to relatives young and old alike! My daughter is autistic and finds concentrating difficult, the style of the book captivated her and helped her learn about the stars. It was easy reading and informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    finally having fun with the sky

    This book that my son is reading for his school curriculum caught my eye, and when I picked it up I couldn't put it down. How terrific to be able to understand AND enjoy a lesson of stories on the constellations. I highly recommend this book for amateur and avid star gazers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    Five Stars for a Book ABOUT Stars

    This is the best book I've ever seen for teaching kids or adults how to find stars and identify constellations in the night sky. It's apparently geared to kids of about age twelve, but I haven't been twelve for over thirty years and I enjoyed and learned from this book. The writing is clear and precise with neat little sidebars that give additional scientific information to the text. Refreshingly, the quality of the illustrations, paper and layout is tremendous. No cutting corners here. This is a first-class book! If this new release doesn't get picked up for classroom use, our educators are asleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    better than any other introduction to the stars

    I so enjoyed reading about the stars and learned much more than I expected. The space notes were great, as were the drawings of the dots. Highly recomended reading.

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