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Constellations: A Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky Hardcover – June 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402703856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402742323
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-4–This slim book tells the mythology behind 19 constellations, including Taurus, Andromeda, and Lyra. Large, colorful illustrations of the various star pictures spill over the two pages devoted to each one. Back matter includes instructions for three activities. The brief, clear text serves as a simple introduction to the night sky.–Linda Wadleigh, Haymon-Morris Middle School, Winder, GA
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edith A. Walworth on August 7, 2006
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This is one of the most unique books I have ever seen! Both my four year old and myself have learned so much about the constellations. The details about each constellation make it easy for my son to remember the names and stories behind them. The glow in the dark feature is amazing. I definitely recommend purchasing this high quality unique book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By light october on January 28, 2007
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Each two page spread introduces a constellation, gives a brief synopsis of the story, and illustrates the constellation. The embedded stars glow in the dark, so you can turn off the lights and view what the constellation looks like in the night sky. The glow in the dark feature helps imprint the pattern of the stars in each constellation on your brain with the added drama of "and now let's turn off the lights and see...." The inside flaps of the book offer a picture of the constellations without illustration but with the stars connected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will Riddle on January 11, 2012
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My kids got a telescope for Christmas, so recently we've been on a stargazing kick. We have gone through a bunch of constellation books, and this one was my younger kids' (K-1) favorite. (Glow in the Dark Constellations by CE Thompson was my third grader's favorite.)

This is not really an informative star-gazing book, meaning it does not teach kids how to locate the constellations in the actual night sky. Rather it is an introduction to the basic shapes and legends of the constellations. It has cute and appealing pictures of approximately 20 popular constellations with one paragraph summaries of the myths behind them. And it includes a couple activities at the end which are actually doable. Combine that with the fun of glow-in-the-dark stars which all young kids seem to enjoy, and you have a book which kids will use over and over again. You have to expose the page to sunlight for about a minute and then check it out in the dark. My kids ran in and out of a dark closet almost all day, checking out different formations.

So it's a great motivator for kids to get into the story of the stars. If you are looking for a more scientific reference work, I recommend the CE Thompson glow in the dark, or for older kids, HA Rey. But if you are looking for the stories of constellations that is not too complex and holds interest, this is one of the best out there so far. Other popular ones (i.e. Donald Silver's Night Sky) were more appealing from an adult standpoint, but not from my kids'.

UPDATE: I had to dock this book a star from my original review because the more we got into stargazing, the more I realized that several of the constellations pictured are way off from the way they really are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. SCHULZE on May 15, 2008
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I purchased this book as a donation to my daughter's school library. The glow-in-the dark illustrations attract children to the book, while the brightly illustrated drawings help the reader to visualize what the ancients were imagining when they designated the constellations. Each constellation includes a short story about the creature or object it represents (primarily Greek mythology). My only complaint about the book is that the proportions of the stars are considerably off in some of the illustrations, which could hinder the use of the book as a learning tool for children actually wanting to locate constellations in the real night sky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Klee on January 30, 2010
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My Grandson (age 5) is delighted with this book. I think any child of any age, interested in the Constellations would be very happy with this book!
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