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A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky


The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

Michael Driscoll
Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

Since ancient times, people have been looking up and wondering about all of the things that glow in the night sky, and about our place in the big, wide universe. The study of the night sky and all of the objects and forces up there is called astronomy, and A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky is a great introduction to what astronomers have learned (and are still discovering), what astronauts and scientists explore—and what you yourself can find by gazing up into the night sky.

Children ages eight and up will enjoy this conversational but information-packed introduction to astronomy and stargazing, which includes the achievements of the great scientists, the history of space exploration, the story of our solar system, the myths behind the constellations, and how to navigate the night sky. Whimsical color illustrations on every page and handy definitions and sidebars help engage younger readers and develop their interest. The special star wheel included in the book helps children locate stars and planets from any location at any time of year. Finally, glow-in-the-dark star stickers will allow your child to gaze up at the stars each night from their own bed.

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky examines how stars are born; how the planets move through the sky; and just where we are within the big galaxy we call home; the Milky Way. Find out about solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the Moon, and what a comet's tail is made of. Delve into mysterious forces (like black holes and dark matter) that are so strange that even scientists don't fully understand them yet.

Young readers will discover the starry constellations and learn their names and shapes along with their stories--sometimes called myths--that were invented to help explain and identify them. The book also discusses rockets, satellites, space stations, and space travel, including some of the exciting plans we have for future missions. When will a person visit Mars? It might be sooner than you think!

Finally, kids can take the handy Star Finder included in the book outside with them to find all of their favorite stars, constellations and planets in the sky, just like professional astronomers do. With A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky, the Star Finder inside and the fun glow-in-the-dark stickers you can put on your ceiling, your child will be a junior astronomer in no time!

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Michael Driscoll is a reporter for the Martinsburg Journal in West Virginia, and has written for Reuters and the Associated Press. He's a former editor at Black Dog & Leventhal, where he worked on a wide range of titles, including the State Shapes series, Take Me Out to the Ballpark, and Photo Oops. Driscoll studied poetry at Emory University in Atlanta, and has been a poetry afficionado ever since.

Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated all the books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.

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