The Kids Book of the Night Sky

The Kids Book of the Night Sky

by Ann Love
     
 

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In this book in the Family Fun series, boys and girls will discover all the secrets the night sky holds. They can play games like ?Night Sky I Spy,? keep an astronomer's log and read about night sky myths. Star maps are included for each season —- so kids will know what to look for, when and where. Then as the sun goes down and the sky goes dark, they'll be

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In this book in the Family Fun series, boys and girls will discover all the secrets the night sky holds. They can play games like ?Night Sky I Spy,? keep an astronomer's log and read about night sky myths. Star maps are included for each season —- so kids will know what to look for, when and where. Then as the sun goes down and the sky goes dark, they'll be ready for the night sky's all-star show.

Editorial Reviews

Science News
The information reflects the most recent advances in the field, yet the presentation is accessible and enjoyable.
From the Publisher
This book will hit the mark with those looking for an enjoyable approach to stargazing that presents scientific fundamentals along with historical and cultural aspects.

[V]aluable for its engaging tone and hands-on approach.

The information reflects the most recent advances in the field, yet the presentation is accessible and enjoyable.

Using a lively combination of clearly written text, myths and legends, jokes, and activities, the authors present an excellent introduction to the many wonders of the night sky throughout the seasons. ... Love and Drake’s excitement about their subject is contagious; they have created a book that should be in every school and public library.

[T]his little book would be an intelligent choice as a gift to children whose interests lie beyond the realm of their computer monitors.

Children's Literature
The amazing world of the stars and planets comes alive for children in this exceptional book. Each of the eight chapters contains hands-on activities, science, history, folk tales, jokes, sky maps, and more. The authors use clear, concise text and fine, detailed illustrations to render scientific concepts accessible. Complex material is broken down into child-friendly chunks so that science, learning and fun go hand in hand. Celestial scavenger hunts, cosmic milk and cookies, heavenly word games, Zodiac stories from all the seasons, an interview with a "star" and a biography of the moon are just some of the enticing sections of this book. This is a great volume to keep accessible on a child's night stand. Children can select a page or chapter from anywhere in the book, depending on what seems interesting or relevant on a particular evening. For example, there are pages on things to look for in the winter, summer, spring, and autumn sky. There is a section on the Northern Lights, meteors, the Milky Way, eclipses, and identifiable flying objects. An excellent feature of this book is the collection of legends from all cultures to explain happenings in the night sky. Blue and white illustrations enhance each page. The pictures help children complete step-by-step activities; they also provide a backdrop for the legends and stories. The concise text is smart and engaging; it is sure to spark curiosity about the planets, stars, sun and moon. There are many "hooks" to draw readers into the topics. Jokes are sprinkled throughout the text: "How many astronomers does it take to change a light bulb?" The answer: "None, astronomers prefer the dark [!] " In addition to being an outstanding reference,this book makes a reader's journey to the stars an exciting one. A detailed glossary is found at the back of the book. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 6 to 11.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Using a lively combination of clearly written text, myths and legends, jokes, and activities, the authors present an excellent introduction to the many wonders of the night sky throughout the seasons. The sun, the moon and its phases, and eclipses are clearly explained and brief information about the planets' surfaces, paths, temperatures, and levels of brightness rounds out the text. Step-by-step directions for making a planisphere, sighting tube, star clock, constellation candles and flashcards, and moon cookies are clearly written and illustrated. There is a wide variance in the difficulty of the projects; some definitely require adult guidance or supervision while others can be done independently by eight- or nine-year-olds. Younger children will enjoy hearing the stories and being guided in their gazing. The short legends and myths from a variety of cultures are well told; each story's origins are identified. The charcoal drawings that appear throughout are well done, although those showing children engaged in the activities are sometimes static. The information is current; the section on Mars is accurate, even given recent Rover explorations there. Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid (Wiley, 1997) has more activities and less expository text. Jacqueline Mitton's Zoo in the Sky (National Geographic, 1998) has much less information and no projects. Love and Drake's excitement about their subject is contagious; they have created a book that should be in every school and public library.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Quill & Quire
This book will hit the mark with those looking for an enjoyable approach to stargazing that presents scientific fundamentals along with historical and cultural aspects.
Booklist
[Valuable for its engaging tone and hands-on approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553371281
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Family Fun Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
559,764
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
IG980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Drake, with her co-author and sister Ann Love, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works usually have an environmental flavor. Jane lives in Toronto.

Ann Love, with her co-author and sister Jane Drake, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works always have an environmental flavor. Ann lives in the Toronto area.

Heather Collins has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. Her body of work includes many nonfiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story and Out Came the Sun. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

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