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Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations

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This award-winning book capturing the glittering light show of the constellations is now available in paperback.

Take an illuminating ride through the starry night sky with National Geographic's Zoo in the Sky! Little Bear and the Great Bear in the Northern Sky; the scaly dragon winding his long tail; the Great Dog chasing the Hare in the Southern Sky; all are beautifully rendered in Christina Balit's vibrant art, studded with shiny stars, ...

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Overview

This award-winning book capturing the glittering light show of the constellations is now available in paperback.

Take an illuminating ride through the starry night sky with National Geographic's Zoo in the Sky! Little Bear and the Great Bear in the Northern Sky; the scaly dragon winding his long tail; the Great Dog chasing the Hare in the Southern Sky; all are beautifully rendered in Christina Balit's vibrant art, studded with shiny stars, which perfectly illustrates Jacqueline Mitton's rich text.

Awards include: Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award Parent Council Award REVIEW(S): "A visually dynamic introduction to the animal constellations." —Booklist

"Mitton offers poetic, abbreviated legends of the nighttime sky, while Balit's paintings, highlighted by shimmering silver stars, give visual meaning to the text." —Kirkus Reviews

"This is an attractive introduction to astronomy... [T]he simple poetic descriptions will capture the attention of preschoolers and early elementary-age children alike. A brief explanation of stars and constellations rounds out this lovely and unusual offering." —School Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
A fascination with the night sky has been a part of human experience since the very beginning. Those who came before us organized the stars into visual patterns, many of them based on animals. That information was valued and passed down. Bold, but intricately painted illustrations highlighted with metallic ink for the pivotal stars provide the backbone of this publication. They have the detail and intensity of Persian miniatures, but also incorporate abstract and geometric qualities. Individual constellations that represent animals are illustrated and described in a narrative that makes them come to life. The ten spreads of constellations are followed by a discussion about the nature of stars and our view of the sky, and star maps of the northern and southern sky.
Kirkus Reviews
Two modern-day stargazers paint pictures in the sky based on the ancient stories surrounding the heavens. From the Great Bear to the Scorpion, Leo the Lion, and other animal constellations, Mitton offers poetic, abbreviated legends of the nighttime sky, while Balit's paintings, highlighted by shimmering silver stars, give visual meaning to the text. On the endpapers, star maps of both the northern and southern skies help readers locate the different configurations described in the body of the text. A brief explanation of stars, their placement in the sky, and the history of star patterns is included. (map) (Picture book. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792259350
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 278,181
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.05 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jacqueline Mitton holds an MA in Physics from the University of Oxford and a Doctorate in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. She lives in London, England.

Christina Balit studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in England. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Festival Hall. She was commended for the 1996 Kate Greenaway Medal.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    Eye-catching and detailed color illustrations are sure to fascin

    Eye-catching and detailed color illustrations are sure to fascinate young readers. "Zoo in the Sky" is educational and informative in a fun way, not at all boring; and in a fascinating way that encourages further study of the subject. Simple sentence structure makes this easy-to-read and entertaining. And the book will encourage readers to delight in looking at the night sky, pursue star gazing, and astronomy.

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