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Stargazer's Alphabet Hardcover – February 1, 2007
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Grade 3-5–Singer/musician Farrell uses revised lyrics of a song from his CD Oh, Yeah! (2002) as a framework for this quick scan of the heavens. On every handsomely designed page, single lines in large type (A is for Andromeda,/our neighbor galaxy./B is for the Big Dipper,/that's an easy one to see) accompany white-on-black paragraphs and captions of general commentary in a smaller size. The text, along with an array of color photos and labeled diagrams, is placed over full-bleed pictures of star fields. The constraints of the ABC structure make for a catch-as-catch-can selection of topics, some of which, such as W is for the wonders/that await us in the night./X is for exquisite/and extraordinary sights, seem like filler; readers looking for a systematic tour, or for that matter a few leads to further sources of information, will have to look elsewhere. Still, as an introduction to stars, planets, and other astronomical objects, as well as several constellations, this makes an eye-catching addition.–John Peters, New York Public Library
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This little book is a charming, beautifully illustrated, and well-written quick introduction to some of the many denizens of the night sky, most visible with the naked eye, binoculars, or a small telescope. Arranged alphabetically, objects are described in pages with a short poetic phrase ("I is for Io, an astronomer's delight."), a photo or drawing, a pronunciation key ("Io, EYE-oh or EE-oh"), and a longer, astronomically correct description or explanation. The poetic material extends over two facing pages ("J is for mighty Jupiter, the ruler of the night." follows the entry for Io). The drawings and photos of the constellations are particularly well done; the photos show clearly all the stars in the drawings. I recommend this book for libraries and for homes with young children. --Science Books and Films