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Seeing stars

Seeing stars : a complete guide to the 88 constellations

Guide to the 88 constellations

88 constellations

Eighty-eight constellations
Title:
Seeing stars
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Phaidon Press, Inc., [2018]
Physical Description:
213 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 24 cm
Abstract:
"This artful and accessible introduction to constellations equips readers with the information they need to locate, name, and explain all 88 internationally recognized constellations. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside the "story" (mythological or historical) behind its naming, tips on how to find it, what times of year it is visible, and key stars and asterisms within its grouping. Complete with star maps and a glossary."-- Amazon.

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A graphically stunning, comprehensive introduction to the constellations

This artful and accessible introduction to constellations equips readers with the information they need to locate, name, and explain all 88 internationally recognized constellations. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside the "story" (mythological or historical) behind its naming, tips on how to find it, what times of year it is visible, and key stars and asterisms within its grouping. Complete with star maps and a glossary, this keepsake volume of visual reference and beauty is perfect for inquisitive young stargazers. Colors are brighter than they appear - printed in pure Pantones. Book jacket features foil stamping and laser-cut pinholes.

Ages 7-10


Author Notes

Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer. She was the Design Director for Children's Publishing at Chronicle Books and taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts. Among her books are the In My Nestseries for Chronicle, and Alpha, Bravo, Charliewith Phaidon. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This sophisticated handbook names and identifies each of the 88 constellations. Opening sections explore how people "began to see pictures in the sky," and how the telescope and world exploration led to the discovery of more stars. Gillingham shows how the star formations suggest shapes; each constellation appears in turquoise and brown and is set strikingly against dark blue. Readers will learn the stories and myths for which each was named. With its elegant visuals and spare presentation, the volume is better suited to browsing than to serving as a detailed reference, though end pages include star maps and lists of educational resources. Ages 7-10. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

To capture the wonder of the night sky, it takes a gorgeous volume like this. An opening chapter gives a thorough overview of the 88 official constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. It explains how constellations were first invented and recorded, how to use the book, and the importance of asterisms, which are small patterns of stars within a constellation (e.g., the Big Dipper in Ursa Major). The bulk of the book contains double-page profiles of each constellation and is divided into two sections: ancient constellations and modern constellations discovered during the Age of Exploration from the 1500s to 1700s. Readers may be surprised to learn that many modern constellations form objects and symbols, such as a furnace or microscope. Each constellation profile features a brief description, directions on where to find it, a related story or myth, and a full-page illustration depicting the star formation and its representation (e.g., a dragon or centaur) against a cobalt blue background. Extensive back matter offers stargazing tools, sky maps, and resources about constellations in different cultures.--Angela Leeper Copyright 2018 Booklist