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Not just for children!,
This review is from: A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky (Hardcover)
Incredibly -- despite the title, this book is not just for children.
By far, it is simply the best available, most thorough introduction to the night sky and to astronomy, for curious people of all ages -- the sort of book that motivates every parent to tramp outside, book in hand, wearing eager smiles -- with or without the children!
Beautiful illustrations decorate and enhance the text. Everything is here: models which make it possible to easily visualize the size relationships of the planets in our solar system, as well as their distribution and the distances between them. The visible planets and major constellations are clearly identified, and helpful hints for finding them are provided. Packed with information that is not easily or readily found elsewhere, and packaged in an engaging format which is easily accessible. You don't even need a telescope to use this book in your own backyard. There are clear explanations of what to look for, what to see with the naked eye, and how to use binoculars and telescopes to get a better view. There are even glow-in-the-dark stickers to use in building your own night-sky model on your own bedroom ceiling or elsewhere. Truly, this is the astronomy book I've been looking for, all these years.
Very highly recommended. Simply delightful!
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2010 6:12:03 AM PDT
Daniel Murphy says:
What a great review Marynna! I was fascinated by the list of reviews you've done, children and science, what a wonderful mixture. Two copies of this book got "One Clicked" by me, one of which is going to a phenemonal 3 year old whose first 20 words included the names of the planets. The other....I'll be sneaking outside with it after dark. Dan
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