Gr 4-7-Combining classical mythology and astronomy, this slim volume introduces novice stargazers to the night sky. The book begins with a brief introduction to why groups of stars became identified with pictures and what equipment beginners need in order to see them. Then 15 of the most common of the "official" 88 constellations are discussed. Each chapter begins with an illustration of the constellation and its major stars. After identifying the season for best viewing it, its origin(s), usually mythological, is told in story form. A "Where Is It?" feature describes how to find the pattern and what major stars to locate in order to "connect the dots." Aside from the myths, the most interesting and informative sections of each chapter are the "Space Notes," highlighted in dark blue, and "A Closer Look," highlighted in light purple. While both sections give important general and specific astronomical data, "A Closer Look" concentrates more on the stars within the constellation. The illustrations, especially, will catch the eye of younger children. A "Checklist of Constellations" and a star map are helpful for summarizing and putting the information into perspective. Students may well develop a lifelong interest in astronomy from reading books such as this.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.