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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 2 edition (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054713178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547131788
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—This much-needed update of Rey's classic work (Houghton, 1976) features a cleaner typeface but retains the layout and most of the graphics of the previous edition. Some images, such as the picture of a spaceship, are dated but maintain, along with the small elves who guide readers through the book, all of the original charm. The primary update, featured on the cover, involves the change in Pluto's status; a great touch is the inclusion of definitions for "planet" and "dwarf planet" to help readers understand exactly why there are now only eight planets in our solar system. Statistical data, particularly for sizes and distances between the Sun and the planets, are updated; the planet finder now covers the years 2007 through 2016; and there is a new list of books for further reading. With its enduring appeal, current information, and exceptional sky charts to help find constellations, stars, and planets, this revision should be an essential purchase for all libraries.—Jeffrey A. French, formerly at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Horn Book

"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Horn Book Guide

Customer Reviews

Easy to understand and good illustrations.
Alice514
I love the sections of showing the constellations with the connecting lines and then without to be able to find them in the sky.
Tina M. Kas
I VERY HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves Stargazing and especially to those who have young children.
Sylvia

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stargazer on January 13, 2009
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Now considered a classic, this is simply the best book ever written and illustrated for observing the night sky. H.A. Rey, who enriched the world with his Curious George books, was an avid amateur astronomer frustrated with the complexity of books on astronomy and stargazing. So, he wrote and illustrated this wonderful book to help excite and educate kids of all ages. I've used "Find the Constellations" to teach the constellations to my children, my grand children, more than 2,000 public school students, and countless scouts (boys and girls) for more than 30 years now. The illustrations are beautiful and easy to apply to real observing under the night sky; the writing is fun and entertaining; and, the stories are interesting and help us remember the key constellations. This book enchants as well as educates. Every school library, regardless of grade levels, should have this updated version. I highly encourage it for every home library as well. And, it is the best resource available for the Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. W. Peters on April 8, 2010
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Got into noticing the stars after visits to Hawaiian mountain top and Taos, NM, desert within a few weeks. Have read 4 books about astronomy the past 4 months and this is my favorite. Memorable illustrations and helps to provide a roadmap to the night sky so can then finesse as track down the fainter objects that fill the larger astronomy texts. This is the perfect gift, too, for any age!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina M. Kas on April 29, 2009
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This is a great book for the young and old alike. It is very easy to follow. My children and I enjoy this book very much. We have used it to find the constellations outside and we have learned quite a bit about the history of them as well. I love the sections of showing the constellations with the connecting lines and then without to be able to find them in the sky. This is a great gift giving idea. We just gave it to family members who do a lot of camping. Their kids cannot wait to find the stars in the sky. A must have for any family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Johnson on September 15, 2009
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I've always wanted to be able to recognize the constellations, but never took the time to wander through complicated star charts. As an adult I have even less time than I did as a kid, but just reading through Rey's book a few times and sitting in the backyard a few minutes a night makes it easy.
Tiny little nuggets of information, like "the dipper is like a saddle!" make things so much easier to recognize.
I recomend this book for any adult (or kid) who's interested in learning the constellations, but doesn't necessarily want to recognize galaxies, or specific stars etc...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Edmund J. Vallecorse on June 11, 2009
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This is a good starter book for learning the stars, but THE STARS by the same author is a much better book for someone that is beyond grammar school (is there still such a thing?). However you need to start somewhere and this is just a good a place as any.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Reed on April 1, 2013
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This level works well for me, makes finding stars and constellations easy. Have learned a lot since I got the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Locheiven on March 27, 2013
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I bought this for myself, and ended up buying it again after I gave my first copy to my nephew. Very good for all ages, and the way the stars are connected makes so much more sense, which makes it easier to find constellations when stargazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Norris on September 28, 2010
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I purchased both Find the Constellations and The Stars for a friend's 5-year-old based on a planetarium lecture I attended given by graduate students. They still loved Rey's books and became astronomers because of them.
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