The Stars: A New Way to See Them

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Overview

This is a clear, vivid text with charts and maps showing the positions of the constellations the year round. "The Stars is the best book available for its purpose. It is also a brilliant example of the combined use of art and writing in bringing science to the layman." -- Saturday Review

This book is a brilliant example of the combined use of art and writing in bringing science to the layman.

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"The Stars is the best book available for its purpose. It is also a brilliant example of the combined use of art and writing in bringing science to the layman." Saturday Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395248300
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/1976
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

H. A. and Margret Rey

Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for 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. 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.

Biography

In their nearly 40-year-long professional collaboration, the husband-and-wife team of Margret and H. A. Rey created one of the most memorable figures in 20th-century children’s literature: Curious George, the little monkey with an insatiable appetite for adventure.

The Reys, like George, had tremendous zest for travel and new experience. Both were born in Germany, H. A. (Hans Augusto) in 1898, and Margret (Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein) in 1906. Although the two became acquainted in their homeland, they fell in love after each moved to Rio de Janeiro, where they married in 1935. Their honeymoon led them to Paris, where Hans published his first book for children, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, introducing Curious George as a peripheral character.

In 1940 the Reys, both of whom were Jewish, fled Paris as the Nazis mounted their invasion of the city, making their way by bicycle to Spain, by train to Lisbon, then to Brazil, New York City, and finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they made their home. The few belongings they carried with them from Europe included the manuscript of Curious George, which Houghton Mifflin published in 1941. Together they created six more classic Curious George adventures: Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Curious George Rides a Bike, and Curious George Takes a Job.

Like Babar, Bambi, Pippi Longstocking, and countless other children’s book characters, George is, for all purposes, an orphan, one who was separated from his family. (He was kidnapped, in fact, by The Man with the Yellow Hat, who has gained his own degree of fame through the series.) Admonished to stay home and be good, George invariably lets his curiosity get the better of him and winds up in some kind of trouble every time: in jail, on a runaway cow, kidnapped by circus promoters, or in the hospital. In a possible nod to the Reys’s own hair-raising escape from the Nazis, every story involves an antic chase scene. And every story ends in a happy reunion with the man with the yellow hat, who is George’s trainer, keeper, teacher, disciplinarian, and parental figure.

According to their publisher, the Reys were not just a writer/designer team. Although Hans was primarily focused on ideas and illustrations, and Margret on writing, their work often overlapped. The result was pure magic. The Curious George books transcend time and space, driven by a sincere understanding of the forces that propel children: curiosity, resourcefulness, and love of home.

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H. A. Rey also independently produced a series of astronomy books (including Find the Constellations), and Margret wrote Pretzel, about a dachshund, and Spotty, about a rabbit, with H. A. Rey’s illustrations. They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts until their deaths, H. A. Rey’s in 1977 and Margret Rey’s in 1996.

Margret's name does not appear on some of the earlier Curious George collaborations because, she said, "When we first came to America our publisher suggested we use my husband's name because the children's book field was so dominated by women. They thought it would sell better. After a time I thought 'why the devil did I do that?' So since then my name has appeared also."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Hans Augusto Rey and Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (full names)
    1. Place of Death:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977

Table of Contents

Part 1 Shapes in the Sky 9
Part 2 Meet the Constellations 26
Part 3 The Stars Through the Year 66
Part 4 Some Whys and Hows 108
Index-Glossary 151
Universal Sky Chart 157
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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    This book makes simple changes to the typical way the constellations are drawn to make them easily identifiable in the night sky.

    This is not a typical star chart. The author gives helpful and interesting information about the stars and constellations. The stars in the constellations are drawn in a different way that makes them easy to visualize and remember. This books allows a whole new way to look at the night sky.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    USER FRIENDLY ASTRONOMY

    I have owned this book over the last 20 years and have purchased the updated versions 3 times.....that's how much I like it! (Updates for date sensitive charts) For the individual who just wants to enjoy the night sky. Accessible... Most other astronomy books, even ones for beginners, have lots of math and computations..... Rey shows you how to find a planet, just by looking for it in the area of a constellation. His "re-drawing" of traditional constellations, make them so much easier to find. Really good for parents to share with their childen on a summer or winter night. Lay down in the back yard on the grass, or make a snow angel and use the star charts to get to know the night sky. I have a row of books on astronomy in my bookcase, and this is the only one I use. I keep a copy in my car in case I want to stop while I am driving and take in the stars and planets.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    The Stars

    A wonderful approach to recognize the constellations! I'm excited to "see" and now know the stars with new eyes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Getting Back to the Basics

    This is an essential title for the naked-eye stargazer. It connects the dots in such a way that we can see how the constellations got their names, thousands of years ago, and it makes the patterns easy to remember. Basic celestial mechanics are also explained in terms that are easy to understand. This book has contributed greatly to my love affair with the night sky.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    The Rey's opened the universe to my eyes.  Before "The Star

    The Rey's opened the universe to my eyes.  Before "The Stars,...." the night sky was a confusing mess of abstract shapes.  Oh I had been looking at the starts with awe and tried to study what was what for quite a while before.  But one summer, when I was 17, I took the book with me in the backyard (in the city no less) and truly discovered the universe.  It was the Rey's that helped me discover the planets (Saturn) and when I trained my little telescope on it for the first time and saw it's rings, I was extraordinarily happy.  Thanks to the Rey's the Universe became ordered and regular.  Now the stars, planets and constellations are like my night time friends. A VERY high recommendation for anyone that truly wants to know 'what's out there' in the night sky.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    BEST STAR-LOCATION BOOK ON THE MARKET.

    I used it to teach Naval Officers in a celestial navigation class. It is graphic and easy to understand. The cover can be used to construct a very clear star chart. It is particularly great for beginners.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    One of the pivotal books in my life

    There are some things in life that are truly life-altering, life changing; this book was one of those for me. It captured my imagination at a young age and kindled a love of astronomy that has been going strong for over 36 years. I now own many books on astronomy, but this one remains my favorite, and is the one I always recommend to those getting started, young or old. I know of no better way to become familiar with the night sky.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Excellent introduction to the constellations.

    My parents bought this book for me, along with a four inch telescope, when it first came out to help fuel my growing love of astronomy. I can't begin to tell you how many late nights I spent using this book to watch the sky. The Stars in on my "must have" list of books for when I have children of my own. I am pleased that it's still in print and plan to pick up a new copy soon. I hope I don't wear out this copy before I can pass it on :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    Best Astronomy Book: Easy Reading and Fun

    If you want to learn about the constelations and are looking for and easy-to-read and enjoyable book about astronomy, this book is for you. It was written more than a half of a century ago by the author of the "Curious George" episodes, and has withstood the test of time... Will those other books that are slanted for technogeeks and gadget-lovers be able to claim this in 50 years? Probably not! On the other hand, Rey's book is filled with information, illustrations, and tales about the the constelations that anybody can appreciate. Rey is down to earth: no big investments or fancy gadgets are required for stargazing... just your own interest in learning and an ability to look upwards on starry nights! Why spend all that cash on an expensive telescope that will accumulate dust behind your couch? Buy this book (cheap!) and cultivate a taste for what has already been given to you free! Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    Wonderful!

    I don't know why this is classified as a 'children's book!' It is the best book -- period -- for learning to identify the constellations and planets. H.A. Rey uses his illustrator ability, to provide superb connect-the-dots which you will always remember. If you buy but one book on star-gazing ... let this be the one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    EASY GUIDE TO LEARNING THE CONSTELLATIONS

    One of the best books EVER for learning the Constellations. Rey, author of the 'Curious George' books, presents the constellations in easy to learn stick figure images that resemble the characters for which the constellations are named. I've taught astronomy for 20 years and this is the one I always recommend for my students. John Land - Astronomy Club of Tulsa

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Great place to start!

    HA Rey makes learning tricky star patterns and constellations simple. This was my first book about astronomy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    The Best!

    I originally got this book when I was a kid...and I can still appreciate at now almost thirty years later. Clear, concise...one of the best stargazing books I have ever read.

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    Posted December 21, 2009

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