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Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations
     

Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations

by Milton, Michael Milton, Christina Balit (Illustrator)
 

Large, vibrant paintings and shimmering foil stars make a brilliant connection between age-old stargazing tales and the constellations. Full-color illustrations with silver foil highlights.

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Large, vibrant paintings and shimmering foil stars make a brilliant connection between age-old stargazing tales and the constellations. Full-color illustrations with silver foil highlights.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792270690
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
230,135
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Jacqueline Mitton holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. In addition to writing about astronomy, Dr. Mitton works as the Public Relations Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in England.

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