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Once Upon a Starry Night: A Book of Constellations Hardcover – February 1, 2004
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Kindergarten-Grade 4-Another welcome entry from the duo that collaborated on Zoo in the Sky (1998) and Kingdom of the Sun (2001, both National Geographic). The stories come from the Greek and Roman pantheon of gods, goddesses, monsters, and myths, from Cassiopeia to Andromeda, and Perseus to Pegasus. The 10 tales are condensed into a few paragraphs each, which hardly do them justice, but may send children off to investigate further. Each lush, nearly double-page spread is an enticing riot of color and detail that almost overshadows superimposed shiny foil stars delineating the constellations. Endpapers of the Northern and Southern skies help elucidate the stars' arrangement in the night sky. Additional constellations are included in the star maps, with those considered in the book highlighted in red. Two pages of end material discuss astronomical topics in more detail. This title is a welcome addition to any library.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
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K-Gr. 3. Similar in format to Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations (1998), this companion volume presents a series of 10 constellations and briefly retells the Greek myths related to them. Each of the main double-page spreads introduces a figure, such as Cassiopeia, Lyra, or Hercules, using a few short paragraphs of text and three-quarter page illustrations in glowing colors. Some of the tales relate to one another in a sequence, while others are told separately. Although the stories are quite short, Mitton's vivid word choices make the text as dynamic as Balit's striking pictures. Partly abstract and partly representational, the artwork features bold figures of mythological characters with silver-foil stars highlighting the points of light that make up the constellations. The final pages offer information about the stars, nebulae, galaxies, and constellations and give astronomical descriptions of the constellations featured. On the endpapers, star maps of the northern and southern skies show the featured constellations in red on black. A lively introduction. Carolyn Phelan
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Bought this book for a friend's son to take on a camping trip and we were very impressed with how beautiful the book was.
I almost kept it for myself!
Great read also, we all had a lot of fun reading this book, children and adults!
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Wonderful pictures, stories of the stars and how the constellations received their names. Will enjoy with my grandkids (me as well).Published 1 month ago by This is not my review!
A story that both parent and child will love- There is mention of perseus slaying medusa's head off, just so you know. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Samantha
The pages are beautifully illustrated. Although the content is a little more advanced for my 4 & 7 year olds, it is easy to read to them a page (one constellation) at a time at... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Megann Wilson
We had to own both books in the series as soon as we checked them out from the library. Beautiful illustrations and a star map on the front and back inside leaves make this a book... Read morePublished 17 months ago by GPSmith
The pictures are interesting. I know the stories are hard to condense for kids to understand but this was done in a way I didn't find all that interesting, let alone to keep a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by uga_2011
Bought this for my grand son and we Love the book, but when I received it the cover was all cut up with big slices through it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peggi Davison