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There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars Hardcover – May 1, 2007

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931559376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931559379
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. D. Weitzenhoffer on September 8, 2005
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This book is a great one for children and adults. The illustrations are beautiful, and the singsong verse tells of the wonders of the night sky, and how they are lost in light pollution, and what other negative consequences light pollution has for nature. It also gives hope, as it lays out the very simple solution -- design and use night lighting that puts light only where it's needed.

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!
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There Once Was A Sky Full Of Stars is a fabulous children's book, and one of a kind. Adults too, enjoy reading it. Bob Crelin wrote this book in such a way that you do not realize it is filled with such important information until you put it down. Then, you are ready to read it again. It is written extremely well, there is great a rhythm to the book, the story is awesome, and the illustrations are terrific. It is a fun read, and kids love it.
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This book is lovingly written. The illustrations accompany the text beautifully, with realistic depictions of dark skies and light polluted skies. If you look carefully, there are whimsical touches to every illustration, and children will not tire of looking for new suprises on each page. Most importantly, Mr. Crelin's message is articulated in a way that is meaningful and thought-provoking. This book is a "must" for every child's bookshelf, and will excite children about searching for treasures in the night sky. "There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars" will quickly become a bedtime favorite. Widespread availability of this book will feed children's curiosity about the universe, and instill important awareness and sense of responsibility for our planet.
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I bought this book when it first came out. I was a Montessori teacher working with children ages 6-9, and I used it in my classroom every year. I am grateful that there is a book that addresses the topic of dark skies and light pollution in a way that is both simple yet profound, realistic yet hopeful.

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.
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By A Customer on February 21, 2004
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The stars are our past and our future. Mr. Crelin's words gently educates
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.
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By Ben on March 10, 2012
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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 his mom where all the stars where. This book answers that question, and provides solutions as well. Discussion sections at the back of the book also make this book a suitable teaching tool for the classroom. I highly recommend this book.
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I love the whole idea of this book because it reminds people that, "Once upon a time," people did look to their night skies in awe, in wonder, in complete reverence. AND so profound was this effect, that minds were set in motion--ideas, arts, philosophies, religions, fantasies, stories, songs, adventures, inventions, hopes, dreams, faiths were born! The stars may not have been the author of human affairs; however, I would say that they were the muses, the inspiration.

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...
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(...) Greater distribution of this book will help future generations realize the wonder that the night sky has to offer.
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