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PreSchool-Grade 1-Rockwell begins and ends with stars, but in between attempts to inform children about planets, meteors, comets, and moons. Given that there are only 22 pages of text, with 3 short sentences per page at most, it's an impossible task. The author's trademark artwork in bright colors is eye-catching but really doesn't amplify the all-too-brief narrative. Beneath a painting depicting the constellation Orion readers are told, "When we see Orion the Hunter in the sky, we know it is the season to harvest what we planted." Given that Orion is visible from October to March, that's a long harvest season. Rockwell states, "Streaks of light that look like faraway fireworks are meteors. We call them shooting stars." Fine, but what are they really, and what are children to make of the statement that, "Some stars are so far away that their fire has burned out by the time the brightness reaches us?" In an effort to provide an introduction to the young, Rockwell has simplified too much. Gail Gibbons's Stargazers (Holiday, 1992) is a better choice for this age group.
Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Told in language that kids will understand, making them feel right at home in the vast universe."--Sesame Street Parents
"This is a book for adults to talk about with children . . . to raise big questions and open up discussion about the wonder of the universe."--Booklist
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152163603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152163600
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Norton on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lovely book given to my 4 yr old as a birthday gift. Text reads: "When night comes, I can see billions of stars twinkling in the dark sky. The sun that shines in the daytime and keeps us warm is really a star. A star is made of fiery gas. It gives off brilliant light. Some stars are so far away that their fire has burned out by the time the brightness reaches us. Long ago, people imagined pictures in groups of stars and gave them names. These are called constellations. Constellations can tell us many things. When we see Orion the Hunter in the sky, we know it is the season to harvest what we planted. All year long, the Big Dipper points toward a star named Polaris. Polaris is also called the North Star. We always see Polaris in the northern sky. If you know which way north is, you can always find your way in the darkness. Sometimes before the stars come out, we can see a bright light dangling low on the horizon. It looks like a star, but it isn't. It is the planet Venus. Stars twinkle, but planets glow with steady light. When something in space goes around something else, it is in orbit. Planets orbit around stars. Planets get their light from the star that shines on them. Earth where we live is a planet. Earth orbits around the sun. The sun and its planets make up our solar system. Moons orbit around planets. Some planets have many moons. Earth has just one. Our moon seems to change its shape each night, but it doesn't. It is always round. We just can't see all of it."... there are about 8 more pages to go, but I hope you get the idea and can judge the book for yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Diehl on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book. Anne Rockwell is a wonderful author. Her books make learning fun and interesting. My 5 year old son loves this book. We never get tired of reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sue timbrell on May 27, 2014
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Our Stars was a great book with clear concise information and great illustrations. I gave it 4 stars- it lost one because we are in the Southern Hemisphere and would have liked to see some mention of Southern Cross or constellations that would be seen from our part of the world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Acuna on April 27, 2014
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The students loved the illustrations!! Perfect for teaching constellations/ or concept. The stars are very easy for the children to follow. I recommend this book to all educators.
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My grandson is just learning about the planets and he loves reading this book at night. It's a wonderful little book!
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