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See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: IG860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563977575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563977572
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who regularly buys books will know that the blurb on a book's cover isn't always an accurate guide to what lies within. The information on the inside flaps, for example, is usually written by some PR whizz completely unknown to the author. Publishing houses employ staff to work solely on book covers and some even discourage staff from actually contacting authors. They are experts in packaging a book for sale but oblivious to the wildness of their claims and the factual clangers they drop in their efforts.
See the Stars by Ken Croswell, however, is exactly what its cover, flaps, and publicity material claim it to be, and then some more. It is a "how-to" book aimed at readers over eight which really does get them outside, looking up, and finding the constellations described.
Twelve double-page spreads feature a constellation for each month of the year. On the right page is a "where and when to look" box, a line drawing, and a description of the star pattern; opposite is a large and stunning celestial photo of the constellation in question. Extra information worked into the text means that by the end of the book you've not only learnt twelve constellations in detail but also about stellar temperatures and colours, double stars, the zodiac, the Milky Way, and the planets.
The choice of constellations is no surprise: Croswell has picked the best and brightest star patterns in the sky. All twelve are ideal for readers between latitudes 30 and 50 degrees north. The beauty of the book is that Croswell has restricted himself to just the twelve, giving the reader a feeling of real achievement on seeing these constellations.
A whole year would have been needed to test and review this book thoroughly but two months was the maximum allowed by the Editors.
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This book was perfect for us. We are using it as part of our home school course on Astronomy this year for a 2nd grade and K. Although it can be great for any age and I am enjoying it as well. Makes it very easy to locate and find various constellations throughout the year - one for each month. And we are loving our night viewings together!
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