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The Glow-In-the-dark Night Sky Book Hardcover – April 12, 1988

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Grade 3 Up What at first glance seems a perfect gimmick turns out to have definite flaws in execution. Two pages of text clearly explain how to make the star maps in the book glow and how readers can orient themselves with the book outside at night. One page lists brief explanations of constellation names. The rest consists of sky maps for eight times a year in the northern hemisphere, each shown in two views: a simple glowing schematic of five or six constellations with reference points, and the same glowing points against a background of constellation pictures and non-glowing stars. Unfortunately, the quest for clear, uncluttered star maps has led to the presentation of alternate constellations on succeeding pages. Thus, Cepheus appears on the early fall map, the combined constellation Andromeda/Pegasus on the late fall map, and Cassiopeia on the early winter map. As these are adjacent constellations, all visible all three times, this makes their relative positions hard to see. The endpapers give more nearly complete maps, but omit one star of the Summer Triangle, one of the reference points promised in the text. Relative brightness of the stars is represented by sizes of the glowing dots, but dim stars are likely to look more impressive on the page than in the sky. This is an attractive book: oversize, full-color, with astronomical page decorations. It's bound to be popular, but most libraries will want it only as a companion to a more complete introduction to the sky, such as Franklyn Branley's Star Guide (Crowell, 1987). Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This is a beautiful book, an imaginative approach to the stars, a wonderful guide to the heavens."--(starred) Science Books & Films.  
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 4th Printing edition (April 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394891139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394891132
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Although this book is clearly meant for children 8 and older, my four-year-old has been studying it for a full year. It's glow-in-the-dark constellations captivate her, and finding the constellations in the night sky re-inforces what she has learned. It's layout is simple for us to follow along with her, and it has sparked what could be a life-long interest for her.
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Something you don't get these days in astronomy class is the perspective of the ancients and how they saw the night sky. This book very nicely illustrates figures around the constellations as celestial maps from the past have. Orion is the only constellation most people seem to be able to visualize, and this gives "faces" to many others. The glow in the dark feature is especially fun for my three year old and we've shortened the life span of many a light bulb.
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We've used this book when away from city lights. It's pitched for kids and adults, and is very easy to use (with instructions with each illustration to orient you by month and time). Great illustrations, but very little text. But you can't read in the dark anyway, and you'll be too busy learning the constellations!
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I first bought this book many years ago when my son was in elementary school. We spent many evenings gazing at the stars and learning the constellations. I've bought it again for my granddaughter and look forward to reliving that experience ... only this time ... watching him teach her about the stars
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We first borrowed this book from the library, but my 7 year old son started wanting to go to sleep with it in his bed so he could look at the glowing stars as he fell asleep, so we had to buy our own copy. We "charge" it every night under the lamp while reading stories, so it glows for ten minutes or so while he is settling to sleep. He has started looking at the stars outside and recognizing constellations, and asking us to take him outside to look at stars, so it has definitely given him an interest in astronomy. Definitely a great book, and one I'd recommend as a good gift.
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This book has given my family and the whole neighborhood a way to look at the greater universe. The glow in the dark constellations give children a way to make sense the night sky. My son used his copy of the book until it literally fell apart. Now we are passing on evenings of wonder and imagination to my nieces and nephews. They will be getting their own copies of theis delightful book for Christmas.
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This is one of my students favorite book in the Library which he has taken out 18 times. I decided that he needed his own
copy. The book was in excellent condition and he was just thrilled to have his own copy.

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A Beautiful book that children love and that's what it's ALL about! I've seen them pour over this book for a Long time especially if they can go into a dark room to see the constellations glow. Then they go out at night and try to find the constellations!
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