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What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

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Wizard astrologer from the age of 7 Madalyn Aslan reveals how to be a wizard astrologer yourself, and how to divine the sun signs of pals, crushes -- even pets. Backpack Astrologer, Madalyn's special supplement for CosmoGIRL teens, sold 600,000 copies last year. Now, in What's Your Sign? even younger readers will enjoy unlocking secrets of the Zodiac.

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Overview

Wizard astrologer from the age of 7 Madalyn Aslan reveals how to be a wizard astrologer yourself, and how to divine the sun signs of pals, crushes -- even pets. Backpack Astrologer, Madalyn's special supplement for CosmoGIRL teens, sold 600,000 copies last year. Now, in What's Your Sign? even younger readers will enjoy unlocking secrets of the Zodiac.

Madalyn, once a child astrologer herself (she read Rock Hudson when she was only twelve) wrote this cosmic guide to help kids build their confidence and problem-solving skills, and to better understand themselves and those around them. She includes super-fun tips like, How To Spot a Gemini, Aries on the Playground, Leo Sibs, Aquarian 'rents, Your Pisces Cat, and Libra in Love. Cool facts about the planets and Greek-Roman myths co-exist with celeb-signs like Britney, the Olsen Twins, and Nancy Drew, true Taurus detective. She also quotes real-life kids' comments about their own signs.

What's Your Sign? is beautifully color-illustrated, and includes a spinner wheel on the back cover which uncovers each sign's basics, tabs down the side of the book to easily find each sun sign chapter, and a 14" x 18" fold-out poster of all the signs.

Author Biography: Madalyn Aslan is the only astrologer to be nominated for the current (57th) edition of Who's Who in America. She earned her degrees from the University of London, Cornell University, and Sarah Lawrence College. She writes for Child.com, CosmoGIRL, and First for Women

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Miller
Astrology is a wonderful tool for self-esteem, and Madalyn is a master at helping children see what is special in them...
astrologyzone.com
E. Jean
Beautifully done... A marvelous book.
Elle Magazine
Barbara Hoffman
Written by New York astrologer Madalyn Aslan, it features lots of illustrations and fun information...
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Publishers Weekly
What's Your Sign? A Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers by Madalyn Aslan, illus. by Jennifer Kalis, provides the pertinent details on each astrological sign, explaining the history ("Libra was Themis, goddess of Justice"), lucky color, day of the week, etc. ("Opal... is lucky only for Libras") and personality associated with each (including the ideal sign for your "crush"). The sturdy, spiral-bound edition contains a pull-out poster and a zodiac spin wheel for fast fact-finding. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 5-9-An old topic is entertainingly presented in a sturdy, spiral-bound package. Index tabs labeled with the 12 zodiac signs begin with Aries and end with Pisces. The 10 pages devoted to each sign describe the dates covered; features of that time of year; and the personality and social traits of the people born under that sign. Brief sections tell of the mythical characters represented by the astrological signs and their ruling planets. Each chapter concludes with a selection of famous people born under the sign and fictional and cartoon characters who exhibit its personality traits. A page sports a zodiac wheel with a window that can be turned to reveal each sign's color(s), day of the week, metal, precious stone, and element. Use of words such as "dissed" and "rent" give the text a more contemporary air than most treatments of the subject. Numerous funky cartoon illustrations and purple font add to the book's attractiveness.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448426938
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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TAURUS
Your Special Time: April 20 - May 20
You are born when the land is most lush and green. Farmers plant their crops during Taurus. The Earth is strong, and the soil is ready to grow food. April 22 is Earth Day, when we celebrate the beauty of the Earth. And when we celebrate Taurus, a beautiful Earth sign!

GEMINI
Of All the Animals, You're Most Like . . .
A Pair of Twin Monkeys Just like clever, playful monkeys, you are fun to watch and always entertaining. (Being a Gemini-a "twin"-means you have two distinct sides, so you are like two monkeys, not just one. That means twice the fun!) Monkeys play with and mimic the world around them. They are smart, responsive, and affectionate, descriptions that fit Gemini to a T. Not surprisingly, U.S. Census Bureau records show that more twins are born during the time of Gemini than at any other time of the year!

CANCER
Who Was Your Moon?
The Moon has always been related to the Mother. There are more births at the Full moon and the New moon than at any other time! Moon Goddess worship was the dominant religion throughout the world until 1500 B.C. She had many names. Diana, Hecate, and Artemis were just a few, and each had a different story. Even today many cultures, from Native American to orthodox Jew, base their year on lunar months, not solar months. Interestingly, it is the last Sunday in June when most couples get married-this is during Cancer, which is Moon-Birth-Time!

LEO
Day of the week: SUN-DAY, because the sun is your ruling star. This is an honored day of worship and rest in many societies. So schedule all the things you want to be lucky on Sundays.

VIRGO
In School Your classmates ask you for the right answers. Your brain loves to chew on facts and information. But you can get obsessive and drive yourself too hard. So, whether it's sports or math or writing, take a break sometimes!

LIBRA
True Love You idealize and dream about love nonstop. You have a million crushes, and they change pretty fast, but each one feels like it. You have a ton of admirers, but some might be too shy to talk to you. Best Love Matches: Gemini, Aquarius, Libra, and Leo. Sometimes Aries.

SCORPIO
How to Spot a Scorpio If you put out your psychic antennae, you can spot a Scorpio instantly. It's their aura. They're alone, always alone, even when they're with a group of friends. They're thinking about something, but you can't tell what. And they won't give you a clue. They'll just keep thinking. (Their deep thoughtfulness is intriguing and mysterious, and you can bet you'll want to find out what it's all about. But it's never what you think it is!) Their faces look like beautiful masks, giving nothing away. They also have big liquid eyes, like Scorpios Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan.

SAGITTARIUS
Okay, So You're Not a Sagittarius . . .
But Your Crush Is It's so easy to start a conversation with Sagittarians! They love to talk. Mention animals, or a new way-out idea, and you can't go wrong. Keep it casual. (Remember, they're the only sign who calls themselves by a zodiac nickname-"Sadge." Never Sagittarius! That's too pretentious-sounding for them.) If you make a date, count on them to break it at least once. Secret Tip: They forget all the time. Their personal song should be "Oops! I Did It Again" as fellow Sagittarius Britney Spears sings.

CAPRICORN
Okay, So You're Not a Capricorn . . . But Your Parent Is This parent has great ambitions for you. Capricorn moms and dads plan out your life and express their love through worrying. It's so comforting to them! But remind them to run around and have fun with you, too. You can look forward to growing up with them, though; they loosen up a lot as they get older.

AQUARIUS
Astro-Jotter Aquarius Starlets Brandy: February 11, 1979
Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys): January 28, 1980
Christina Ricca: February 12, 1980
Mena Suvari: February 9, 1979
Justin Timberlake: January 31, 1981

Aquarius Highest Honors Charles Darwin, formulated theory of evolution: February 12, 1809
Galileo, astronomer: February 15, 1564
Abraham Lincoln, president: February 12, 1809

Favorite Aquarius Characters Harriet the Spy Mickey Mouse Snoopy (Peanuts)

—from What's Your Sign? A Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers by Madalyn Aslan, illustrated by Jennifer Kalis, Copyright © May 2002, Grosset & Dunlap, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc, used by permission.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    Really Interesting

    I read this book at summer camp and it kept me busy during quiet time for days. Very interesting, and what they said about my sign sounded just like me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

    This cosmic guide is enchanting...The author goes deeply into the origins of astrology, which is the worship of our earth and our connection to all that is around us. It is a beautiful book with a TRULY LOVING message. Take away the celebs and this could be a little Druid's book!..... 'Sweet Venus' is described as 'around 900 degrees Fahrenheit. It is an example of what could happen to the Earth if we do not take care of it.' Virgo 'busy bee' is so smart it 'sixth-senses nectar in a flower.'.... I was delighted to see psychologist Carol Gilligan and other educators in the reviews. My children are Montessori-educated - Maria Montessori is in the 'busy bee' Virgo chapter - and it's a hit at school as well as in our home. Incredible fun. Heartfelt thanks to to the author Madalyn Aslan for this miracle she has given us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

    The author has said that her interest in astrology began when she was seven years old because it gave her access to a secret door inside herself, and helped her to understand those action places in herself that she had known all along but could never find the words for. Her aim when writing this book was to help other children do the same, to build their confidence through teaching them to see what is special and unique in them, and to give them a better understanding of themselves and those around them. All the information is presented clearly and in an amusing way. Madalyn goes through the astrological signs with a summing up of their qualities, and insights as to how that sign might behave or feel in different areas of their life, and what they might expect from others of that sign around them. Sections include, 'Which signs you groove with; which signs you don't', 'With your family', and 'your teachers', 'In the playground', 'With your friends', 'in school', and 'How to spot...' She also lists celebrities born under each sign, describes the nature of the ruling planet, draws on Greek and Roman myths to show temperament and tendencies, and has included in each chapter A QUOTE from a child of that particular sign with their views on life or themselves. There is a spinner wheel on the back page which gives the elements for each sign and the book is indexed with tabs so that it is easy to find any particular chapter. I cannot remember the last time I saw a book so beautifully illustrated, and as I read it I found myself making a list of friends' children who might like it for a present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

    This book is the coollest!!! I already got one for my friends. It tells you all about you, your friends, best ones and brand new ones, crushes, family, and like if you have a dog and cat in different signs. It's positive and tells you how to get on with signs you might not. I liked the history and astronomy parts too. It's a real cool book - believe me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

    I can't stop reading this book, it's nuts! Read it and you'll see!!! Everything the author says about your sign is not only spot on it makes you feel really good about yourself. Works for friends and boyfriends too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

    I felt compelled to add my comments here becaue I am a mother of three and no book has ever held my kids' attention like this! Marianne, 4, and Bobby, 7, go through this book over and over and over! It's a bit of a miracle to watch and has given us all a lovely beginning to the year. A true bit of inspiration when everything else in the world seems to be so challenging!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    What's Your Sign? a Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

    I'm nine years old & I've been buying books from you for two years now. The best book I bought in 2002 was 'What's Your Sign?' by Madalyn Aslan. My mom likes astrology & I think it's okay but I never had a lot of fun with it until I read 'What's Your Sign?' I also learned a lot about myself & a lot of people I know. Do you have any more books like this? Do you have any more books by Madalyn Aslan?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Informative for beginners...

    This book is interesting for most beginners, and yet, for more advanced astrologers -- kids who know there is more to astrology then sun signs, it's kind of a waste. It's definitely a great introduction to the subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2003

    Excellent Choice!

    Astrology for youth doesn't get any better than this engrossing guide. Readers can spend minutes or hours matching their friends and family to their astrological signs and reading the characteristics. What matches and doesn't depends on how well you know the person. Believe it or not readers are easily enticed to read about their sign in this cool formatted guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    You Must Read This Book!

    This was a great book I loved it. If you like Astrology than read this book. I found out things about my zodiac sign that I didn't already know. I was sure I knew everything about my zodiac sign, but I was wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    How Cool!!!

    What's you sign is the "must have book" of the season. It tells you sooo much stuff!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    ~*Very Interesting*~

    I was interviewed for this book... and i recently was able to read this book. I found it extremely insightful and well put together! I highly recommend for all ages... i am 15, so it will be interesting for children and adults. My mother who is 34 also enjoyed the cosmic guide by Madalyn Aslan. Once again i must emphasize reading this piece of literature, i promise whoever reads it will enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    fun and informative

    This is a great book for young astrologers! Madalyn Aslan's writing style is lively and informative. It's a very fun book for kids and their friends and was a great hit with the twelve year-olds I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2002

    I like the book very much

    My name is Allison. I am ten years old. I read this book when my friend got it, and then I got one of my own because I liked it so much. I think all of it makes a lot of sense, because my sign is Aries, and now when people tell me to stop always wanting to be first, I can tell them that I'm supposed to be first, because I am an Aries, and that is the first sign. I also liked the book because it tells you things about the stars, and I like to learn about astronomy. I like the stories about the names of the stars, too. My little brother likes the book, too, but he's not an Aries. My cat is a Leo, and she does act like a lion. The book is very pretty, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002

    A Gift To Young Readers

    'What's Your Sign?' is a true gift to young readers. I'm a fifth grade teacher and child care provider in the MD/DC area. I work with many types of children and each one of them would be able to benefit from this book in a different way. The book may be used as a tool to help a child find their place in the world. It allows a young person to learn to accept themselves and those around them. The book celebrates differences by exploring people's astrological signs, to explain each persons' gifts to the world. The book has a wonderful introduction. It explains how the book can be used and the benefit of keeping a journal of others- to act as a super sleuth. The pictures are delightful and add to the charm of the book. I especially liked the sections which talk about your pets signs, what to do if your best friends a certain sign and how to react to your teacher if he/she is a certain sign. I keep the book on my coffee table. (even though I'm an adult) Because everyone enjoys picking it up and seeing a little window into the world of others. I highly recommend this book to ALL children. It would be a wonderful gift for an eccentric little one. Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    A very cool book!!

    I was interviewed for this book because i am a capricorn and i am 11. i cant wait for this book to come out because me and my friends think astrology is the coolest ans when we read our horoscopes they always go with my day.

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