The Monthly Sky Guide 9th Edition, Kindle Edition
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This 72 page, 8.5 x 11 inch, book is a good basic guide to the sky. It gives a quick introduction to using the book and it's charts, some basic information about observing the planets of our solar system and the moon plus some basic lunar charts. The rest of the book is made up of monthly guides to the night sky. 4 pages for each month, 1 of the complete night sky, then a page of text covering the key stars for that month, what planets are visible (this featured is good from 2013 until 2017), where to look for them... what constellation they will be in and how visible the planet will be (Mars will be visible in Feb. 2014 from late evening until dawn and will be in the constellation of Virgo at magnitude +0.2 to -0.5, passing withing half a degree of Venus on Feb. 21 & 22). It also lists Eclipses. Then the text describes the dominating constellation for that month. February is Canis Major... the Great Dog. It also explains that Canis Major is also the home of the star Sirius which is the brightest star in the night sky at -1.4 magnitude. Along with ancient folklore about the constellations and stars for the month it also delivers much scientific information about them.
All in all it is a great book. The only flaw that I see in this book is that it is not spiral bound, which would make it easier to use out under the stars themselves. That's were any good astronomy guide should be used.