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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
the reader. It is a positive message. The illustrations are a visual delight for children or adults. A must for any library. READ IT with pleasure.
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well written book that can appeal to children of all ages. I bought it for a nephew from Colorado for Christmas because when he was visiting Southern California he asked... Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Ben
Get those little ones started young on understanding the impact of our actions on the world around us! This reads like a children's story should but does address a real issue. Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Sarah M
During the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and beyond, this book should be in every school, home, and library. Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by C. Bueter
This book is a little juvenile, but well written. I only hope that those who read this to their kids take the necessary effort to escort them to a dark sky place (at any cost) and... Read morePublished on April 29, 2008 by rsb
This is a beautiful book with an important message. The illustrations are gorgeous--that being the problem! My 3. Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by M.R.
Bob Crelin opens our eyes to the disappearing night sky due to light pollution. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, we are shown not only what we are missing in the... Read morePublished on May 31, 2007 by Dwight Dulsky
This little book is well planned, well written and well illustrated. It tells its story without preaching. Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by invisible