- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1st American ed edition (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 079227069X
- ISBN-13: 978-0792270690
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zoo In The Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations Hardcover – August 1, 1998
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People have always looked up at the stars in wonder, seeking patterns in the sky. This gorgeous picture book, published by the National Geographic Society, introduces children to the constellations that are named for animals--Leo the Lion, the Great Bear and Little Bear, and many more. Christina Balit's striking paintings showcase each constellation against a deep blue background--animals or fantastical beasts positioned in the dark night sky, with the individual stars, metallic and iridescent, superimposed upon them. Each image is accompanied by a short, engaging, often dramatized description of the group of stars and the legends surrounding it, written by distinguished astronomer and writer Dr. Jacqueline Mitton: "Charging through the zodiac, here comes the Bull. Head down, horns thrust forward, Taurus is ready to toss the twins. But they are safe, always on the other side of the Milky Way." The front and endpapers are star maps that show the actual constellations of both the southern and northern skies. Mitton also offers a brief introduction to the constellations and two pages of related discussion on astronomy at the book's end. A lovely choice for anyone interested in the mysteries of the night sky. (Click to see a sample spread. Text © 1998 Jacqueline Mitton. Illustrations © 1998 Christina Balit.) (Ages 6 to 10) --Marcie Bovetz
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Mitton highlights the animals represented in the zodiac by superimposing shiny metallic stars to outline the constellations on colorful and lush paintings of the creatures. The effect is visually stunning, although the shape of the constellation is not always easily discerned against the visual activity of the background. Celestial maps on the endpapers provide clarifying references, however, and with a little study, the shapes in the paintings begin to emerge. This is an attractive introduction to astronomy, and can be used as an entree to disciplines such as mythology or folklore. In addition, the simple, poetic descriptions will capture the attention of preschoolers and early elementary-age children alike. A brief explanation of stars and constellations rounds out this lovely and unusual offering.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
We bought this book for a friend's son to take on a camping trip and we were very impressed with how beautiful the book was.
I almost kept it for myself!
Great read also, we all had a lot of fun reading this book, for the children and adults!
Also very informative! Loved it!
The mythology behind the creatures of the Zodiac is the focus of this book, and I was prepared for a fiction book. But our readers just didn't think it was that interesting. My daughter, who is 7, fell in love with the illustrations but gave 'two thumbs down' to the stories.
There is a two-page section at the back of the book with vocabulary and limited science information about stars and constellations. Even the youngest kids already knew the vocabulary definitions.
If your kids love pretty picture books, they will probably love this! For us, none of the Zodiac stories were very interesting or captured our attention for very long.