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Find the Constellations Paperback – March 15, 1976
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A delightfully illustrated, informative beginner s guide to locating and identifying constellations in the northern hemisphere, with an extensive index, glossary, and time table for sky viewing. Author: H. A. ReyGrade: 4-6Pages: 72, PaperbackPublisher: Houghton Mifflin CompanyISBN: 0-395-24418-8
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That being said, the Kindle version misses the mark greatly. I already owned the paperback and thought it would be a great asset to have a copy along on trips with my young son. So I downloaded the Kindle sample and it looked pretty good. It was in color and the drawings were scaled well. However, once I purchased the full copy, I was surprised to see that the color starts to disappear the further you go into the book. The deep blue color which is so pleasingly used for the night sky in all of the paperback's drawings is replaced with a medium grey that is both illegible and unattractive. I cannot recommend this version. Just get the paperback or hardback. It's worth the space on your shelf.
"This book is really cool. It helps me learn my constellations and I enjoy tracing them from the book. It's really fun looking up the stars in peoples' horoscopes."
This book would be an appropriate product for family time and weekend time--sharing and learning together. The illustrations are easy to grasp, and the fonts are big, easily read even for eye glass wearers. Two chatty little characters appear on select pages to add humor, additional information, and / or emphasis to given material.
My favorite sections in the book:
Star Magnitudes & Examples
Orion & His Stars
Light-Years, Explanation & Examples
Seasonal Sky Views
Polaris, the North Star
Planet Finder for 2006-2016
NOTE: This book makes a great companion to H.A. Rey's "The Stars: A New Way to See Them."
**People who want more "hardcore" science and meatier cosmology will not be satisfied with this simple book. Not surprising: The target audience of Find the Constellations is for children, young people, and new casual star gazers. :)
It starts out by teaching the constellations a person could recognize immediately, such as the Big Dipper. It then moves on to various topics, such as the brightest stars and the constellations in which they are found, and the constellations that comprise the zodiac. A little of the mythology behind the names of the constellations is also explained. At the end of the book are various "sky-views", facing north and south, for each season of the year (e.g., what you can expect to see facing south in the winter, or north in the spring). All the constellations are introduced throughout the book with their line drawings, then shown without the lines so you can imagine them yourself. The sky-views are also drawn with and without lines.
There are two miniature people drawn in the margins and within some of the drawings who help the reader remember certain points about the stars.
This is a great book for kids interested in the stars, about maybe 4th-5th grades. I still use it, though, and I'm in my 30s. This book really sparked an interest that's lasted a lifetime for me.