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About the Author

Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium.



Molly Coxe has written and illustrated Louella and the Yellow Balloon and and Ducks, Ducks, Ducks, and has illustrated Whose Footprints? and The Big Dipper. She lives in Norwalk, Iowa.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised ed. edition (April 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 6 year old daughter and I read this book last night, and she was delighted with it. She immediately wanted to go outside and find the big dipper, but of course it was cloudy last night. The descriptions of the stars was simplistic for young children, but the book really didn't talk down to them. It actually named every star in the Big Dipper. I didn't know their names, and I doubt many people do. It also slightly touches on Ursa Major, the Little Dipper, & the North Star. One of the cool things in the book is that it shows the position of the Big Dipper in the sky for each season. Once again I learned something because it really didn't occur to me that it would be upside down in one season and right side up on another (I'm really not an astronomy person). I would recommend this little book to anyone wanting to foster a love of science in their small children.
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As a fan of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Series, I echo the sentiments of the previous reviewers exactly! Not over-reaching in it's instruction for littles (our own is 5), neither is the information dumbed down.

Yes, it names all the stars in the Big Dipper. (Good luck pronouncing some!) ;-)

Yes, it shows the different positions in the night sky based on season.

Yes, it talks about the Little Dipper too, and their being part of bigger constellations, (Ursas Major and Minor).

Yes, it explains how to find the Big Dipper.

Yes, it explains how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star.

It also goes a little bit into the importance of the North Star for sea-farers.

And... yes. Mom and Dad learned a couple of new things, too ;-)

This LR&FO Science book does NOT disappoint.
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By V on February 13, 2008
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My 3 1/2 year old has so many questions about everything - and its hard to find good books on some of the topics. They are either oversimplified or too complex. This book is amazing ! It provides a thorough explanation of the topic, while its simple enough for a child to understand. It's just a well thought out book. I just found a ton of other books by this author on a variety of topics - which we'll be getting for birthdays and holidays in the near future.
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My son is 6 and he decided that he needed to know more about the stars so I wanted to find an
easy to understand book about the stars. I bought this because the price was reasonable and
he loves it. He reads it to me now!
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After reading this, My 5 year old was able to go outside and point out the big and little dipper and even tell his dad more facts about the constellations. But he hasn't asked to read it again like some of his other favorite books.
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My Kindergarten students enjoyed The Big Dipper because it is written in language that they can understand. The pictures are kid friendly and interesting. The information is scientific and true but written in an interesting manner with cute pictures.
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My four year old is very interested in astronomy. This book explains the basics about the Big and Small Dippers simply enough for him to understand. It's well written and covers some details I didn't know, despite being a scientist (biologist).
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So far, my Grandkids have enjoyed all of the Stage 1 books. The boys are 4,3, & 2 1/2. Great learning tools for all of us.
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