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There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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Amateur astronomy is a hobby of mine, and I found myself a little misty as I read this book for the first time to my children.
A portion of its new price goes to the International Dark Sky Association, so please buy it new!
the reader. It is a positive message. The illustrations are a visual delight for children or adults. A must for any library. READ IT with pleasure.
This excellent book captures our modern dilemma: for all our light, we cannot see what is important and what is truly extraordinary and timeless. The illustrations of "There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars" are amazingly rendered, and they draw readers into the time before wicked sky glow begin to destroy our world, our living rhythms, and our imaginations. Crelin writes, "The Milky Way stretched overhead, once the Sun had retired to bed. Its soft cotton glow, like a river of snow, looked so close it could tickle your head." How can one not react to such sensational and yet personal imagery?
I especially like the "Points of Discussion" at the end of the story, which summaries the main lessons of the book: Viewing the Milky Way; the Problems of Sky-Glow; Environmental Considerations; Solutions.
This book is targeted at children; however, I believe it is of direct benefit to any age because of the awareness it creates. Truly, older folks have forgotten that There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars and what that simpler time meant to their development as human beings. Do we then wonder why our young people are restless or apathetic? Too much information and too much light showers down on them at such an early age...Read more ›
At the heart of this story is the message that we can save our night skies and return them to their former glory for all to see. By adjusting our outdoor lighting practices we can not only save energy, but our night sky, too. It should also be noted that a portion of the proceeds for this book are donated to the International Dark-Sky Association.
This is a great message to pass on to our children, better yet is the example of setting this book into action, and aim those lights down!
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I bought this book when it first came out. I was a Montessori teacher working with children ages 6-9, and I used it in my classroom every year. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Kate H.
This is a well written book that can appeal to children of all ages. I bought it for a nephew from Colorado for Christmas because when he was visiting Southern California he asked... Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Ben
Get those little ones started young on understanding the impact of our actions on the world around us! This reads like a children's story should but does address a real issue. Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Sarah M
During the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and beyond, this book should be in every school, home, and library. Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by C. Bueter
This book is a little juvenile, but well written. I only hope that those who read this to their kids take the necessary effort to escort them to a dark sky place (at any cost) and... Read morePublished on April 29, 2008 by rsb
This little book is well planned, well written and well illustrated. It tells its story without preaching. Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by invisible