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Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations Paperback – January 25, 1999
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- A simple, straightforward introduction to ten northern hemisphere constellations: two visible all year and two for each season. Thompson starts with a few pages of background on what constellations are, who named them, and how they move in the sky. He then devotes a double-page spread to each constellation; one page gives information while the facing page shows a dark blue sky in which white dots represent background stars and glow-in-the-dark dots show the constellation itself. The end sheets show a north-facing and south-facing view of the sky for each season, with the tenlisted constellations marked. Here, both constellations and background stars glow in the dark if exposed to bright light ahead of time. Scattered throughout are suggested ways to learn the constellations, ranging from studying one until you can picture it in your mind to using the book with a flashlight in a dark room to play a shape identification game with a friend. Clint Hatchett's The Glow-in-the-Dark Night Sky Book (Random, 1988) packs three times as many constellations into fewer pages with almost no text and is confusing. Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations does not attempt as much, but thanks to a relaxed, friendly text and more thought about its use, it succeeds far better. Both are oversized books, but Constellations is smaller than Night Sky Book. Sometimes, indeed, less is more. --Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, NY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
What's great about this book is how it shows both the constellation in image form and in night sky form. Meaning, the two page spread of Orion shows the image of Orion the hunter overlaying its constellation stars on one side. And on the other it shows the actual night sky with Orion embedded in it somewhere. So the child learns to distinguish where Orion is in the actual night sky. If they can't do it visually, you just turn off the lights and Orion glows within the night sky picture!
This is so important with little stargazers because a lot of stargazing is done in the wintertime. There's nothing like staring around in the winter night sky, shivering to death, and trying to locate a constellation which you have seen in cartoon form within a thousand other stars! So this guide has the right idea. It actually teaches you how to do this!
It also includes a brief summary of the legend, the best time to view the constellation, and the direction you have to be facing. And the inside covers include pictures of the Northern and Southern skies in Summer and Winter. This is also very important for little kids to understand because they just naturally think they can look up in the sky and find any constellation picture up there any time they want! We have tried to use stargazing wheels before to help them understand otherwise, and that didn't work. This book was better.
It is a little harder to read than "Constellations: A Glow in the Dark Guide to the Night Sky" which my youngest kids liked. It's about 2nd grade minimum. But definitely a helpful reference kids can use without help. Love it.
glows in the dark but the inside pages do not. He likes it but it isn't his go to book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book for camping with kids and adults alike! Awesome to look in the sky and see the same thing that's glowing in my book.Published 3 months ago by Tobi
This is a great book- the content is very educational, and it is so much fun for the kids to take it under the blanket and watch the constellations.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a terrific book for kids - the layout of stars on each page is similar to how it would look in the sky, which makes it easier to find constellations than other books that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jds
granddaughter loves being outside and at the farm so many stars to look atPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer