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Find the Constellations Paperback – September 22, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—This much-needed update of Rey's classic work (Houghton, 1976) features a cleaner typeface but retains the layout and most of the graphics of the previous edition. Some images, such as the picture of a spaceship, are dated but maintain, along with the small elves who guide readers through the book, all of the original charm. The primary update, featured on the cover, involves the change in Pluto's status; a great touch is the inclusion of definitions for "planet" and "dwarf planet" to help readers understand exactly why there are now only eight planets in our solar system. Statistical data, particularly for sizes and distances between the Sun and the planets, are updated; the planet finder now covers the years 2007 through 2016; and there is a new list of books for further reading. With its enduring appeal, current information, and exceptional sky charts to help find constellations, stars, and planets, this revision should be an essential purchase for all libraries.—Jeffrey A. French, formerly at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own."
Top customer reviews
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. :)
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.