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There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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About the Author
Bob Crelin has spent many years working with lawmakers to preserve the wonders of the night sky for our children. There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars is his first book. A father, musician, inventor, and artist, he cofounded the Wandering Star Project, Inc., a non-profit, astronomy-education organization for children. Bob's light pollution activism led him to design his own "night-sky friendly" light fixture, the GlareBuster. On any clear night, you can find Bob sharing the stars with his family in Connecticut. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There once was a sky full of stars, before lighting the roadways for cars. The worlds far away would come out to play -- like Jupiter, Venus, and Mars. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This excellent book captures our modern dilemma: for all our light, we cannot see what is important and what is truly extraordinary and timeless. The illustrations of "There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars" are amazingly rendered, and they draw readers into the time before wicked sky glow begin to destroy our world, our living rhythms, and our imaginations. Crelin writes, "The Milky Way stretched overhead, once the Sun had retired to bed. Its soft cotton glow, like a river of snow, looked so close it could tickle your head." How can one not react to such sensational and yet personal imagery?
I especially like the "Points of Discussion" at the end of the story, which summaries the main lessons of the book: Viewing the Milky Way; the Problems of Sky-Glow; Environmental Considerations; Solutions.
This book is targeted at children; however, I believe it is of direct benefit to any age because of the awareness it creates. Truly, older folks have forgotten that There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars and what that simpler time meant to their development as human beings. Do we then wonder why our young people are restless or apathetic? Too much information and too much light showers down on them at such an early age... It's so sad to think of a city child locked into a concrete, man-made environment where he / she may see only one or two stars in the sky...at most, if even that!
Buy this book! Share with everyone that you know! Support changes to reduce light pollution in your own communities. Dark skies and imaginations are worth preservation.
Last year, I lent my copy to a woman in town who had been working diligently with our town board to replace our village and outlying lights with downlighting.Today, I pulled it off my shelf because I want to give it to a young dad in our community (an advocate of dark skies) to enjoy with his four year old son.
I'll be purchasing another copy for myself, so that I can continue to share it with both children and adults.
At the heart of this story is the message that we can save our night skies and return them to their former glory for all to see. By adjusting our outdoor lighting practices we can not only save energy, but our night sky, too. It should also be noted that a portion of the proceeds for this book are donated to the International Dark-Sky Association.
This is a great message to pass on to our children, better yet is the example of setting this book into action, and aim those lights down!
Amateur astronomy is a hobby of mine, and I found myself a little misty as I read this book for the first time to my children.
A portion of its new price goes to the International Dark Sky Association, so please buy it new!
Children desperately need exposure to the real world outside four close walls. They need sunshine and rain and running in the night to chase fireflies. They need the quiet wonder of a meteorite streaking across the sky and parents who care enough to tell them stories of the Hunter, the Plow, the Winged Horse and Brother Rabbit who dances in the moon. This book can't give them all these but it is a beginning.
Join the dark sky movement and help remedy this growing problem. Most people have never even heard the term "light pollution."