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What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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"Kelsey Oseid renders the history, science, and myths of our solar system in stunning hand-painted art."
"What We See in the Stars explains the human connection we have to the cosmos and the scientific discoveries made by people from around the world over several centuries. Beautifully illustrated, its inky pages take you on a journey to swim alongside the stars and celestial bodies throughout our galaxy. Kelsey Oseid makes you aware of your own unique place in spacetime and artfully shows why you should keep looking up."
—Ariel Waldman, author of What’s It Like in Space?
“This book is a beautiful way to learn about the science and history of the night sky. Kelsey Oseid’s beautiful paintings seem to be speckled with starlight and truly bring to life facts about astronomy, astrology, and mythology, from the mechanics of meteor showers to the tools used to map and name ancient constellations. What We See in the Stars is an amazing resource for anyone who ever looks up at the sky in wonderment.”
—Rachel Ignotofsky, author of Women in Science
About the Author
KELSEY OSEID is an illustrator, painter, artist, and amateur naturalist who has illustrated a variety of children's books and runs an online shop where she sells prints and original pieces of her nature-themed work. Her work has been featured on Design*Sponge, Oh So Beautiful Paper, Everglow Handmade, and in magazines like Organic Life, Anthology, and Good Housekeeping.
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Each of the ancient constellations receives a full-page layout, which includes a description of its placement in the cosmos and other interesting pieces of trivia. Aquila, for instance, crops up numerous times as an eagle in Greek mythology; it is also one of the stars closest to Earth. Pegasus, on the other hand, represents the seventh largest constellation. And Libra contains “a potentially habitable exoplanet.” Celestial illustrations accompany the text, which is generally limited to two paragraphs.
Halfway through the book, Oseid introduces readers to the modern constellations, which number thirty-eight in total. These star formations are divided into three sections: those named after tools, those named after animals, and those named after miscellaneous items. The illustrations for these constellations are smaller and appear two, three, or four to a page, with a succinct description to accompany each name. Moving beyond the stars, Oseid then discusses the sun, moon, planets and more!
What We See in the Stars is a physically attractive book. The cover features illustrations of the constellations—colored in shades of blue—with metallic dots set among them to trace the stars’ actual pattern. The book’s dimensions (approximately eight inches by eight inches) lend to easy handling. Thanks to the hardcover format and the pages woven into the spine, it should withstand years of use.
The contents of this book exceed expectation. The cover/title suggests that the book is just about the constellations. However, Oseid also explores the moon (including a two-page spread showing its phases, the sun and its eclipses, the planets (each with its own full-page illustration), and other phenomena such as comets. In addition to exploring the nighttime sky, Oseid’s book doubles as a general overview of Greek mythology. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.
The book is informative enough to feel like you really get a good overview of the different topics, while also whetting your appetite to learn more. I think it would be a fabulous addition to any coffee table or library and is everything I had hoped it would be. Oseid has really done a lovely job with this one, and I'd love to see more of her books in the future. Simply charming, and I love that everything from the fonts to the covers to the text fits together seamlessly.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for this review, though it did not affect the content of my review in any way.
The book is well organized and moves through the constellations, milky way, moon, sun, planets & then items and places deeper in space, starting closest to home and moving outward. The information isn't written in a technical way, but the author doesn't talk down to the reader either, including Latin names and real scientific explanations (albeit simplified for this shorter work). I can imagine this book whetting the appetite of a young astronomer who can go on to read more in depth on the topics introduced in this little gem.