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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: Gibbs Smith Jr. Activity
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Act edition (March 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586850296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586850296
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-5-This title combines brief versions of the mythological origins of nine constellations with related crafts and general stargazing advice. Bloopers mar both text and pictures: Polaris is not "visible from everywhere on Earth," and at least one star in a diagram of the Big Dipper is misplaced, so that a line drawn through it will not intersect the star Deneb as claimed. The other illustrations are a mix of informative (though much simplified) sky charts and decorative little bunnies, squirrels, and other wildlife. The accompanying activities vary inventively, from a simple star mobile to an ancient Greek-style play with paper-bag masks, but some of the directions are overcomplicated or skip potentially tricky steps. Furthermore, Lee enters chancy terrain by presenting some myths as teaching stories, such as that associated with the minor constellation Coma Berenices ("Berenice's Hair"), which commemorates a wife's tonsorial sacrifice to ensure her husband's return from danger, and one of the several tales behind Cygnus, the Swan, whose loyalty to the ill-fated Phaethon should "forever remind us of the importance of friendship." All in all, this is a well-intentioned effort that just tries too hard. Guides such as Milton Heifetz and Wil Tirion's A Walk through the Heavens (Cambridge, 1998) or Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid (Wiley, 1997) will give young sky watchers more accurate, systematic guidance and inspiration.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Contents About the Activities Introduction Ursa Major & Ursa Minor, The Big Bear & The Little Bear Leo Major, The Great Lion Orion, The Great Hunter Canis Major & Canis Minor, The Great Dog & The Little Dog Pegasus, The Winged Horse Coma Berenice, Berenice's Hair Cygnus, The Swan Stargazing in the City and in the Country Cool Books and Places

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cami on February 19, 2009
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I am an Education major, and have been having to design a unit on Stars and Constellations. This book has been a God send! It has the legends behind some of the constellations, and activities/crafts that kids could do to go along with them!This is a must if you have kids or are a teacher. I really can't wait to get more in the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Kauper on March 2, 2011
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Great book for teaching astronomy to kids. I have taught astronomy to children, and taken kids on astronomy outings, for over thirty years, and found many good books to help in my teaching and demos.
Wishing upon a Star is my new favorite. I still use other books, but I grab this one first. I especially enjoy reading kids the stories behind the constellations.
I do wish the stories were slightly longer, a bit more complete, and the writing could be more attractive. But that is a quibble. I love this book, and have enjoyed using it with kids and families again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MammaD31 on December 3, 2008
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My daughters who are aspiring astronomists are in love with this book! Highly recommended...easy read for kids but full of information that they can understand!
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