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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Second edition edition (Sept. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547131402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547131405
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.4 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Horn Book

"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Horn Book Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and Curious George was published in 1941. Curious George has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on April 2 2002
Format: Paperback
I've long been a fan of Rey's (of Curious George fame) The Stars, a New Way to See them, but that is a bit more complex and geared towards adults and advanced students. This book is ideal for children and parents alike because Rey breaks down the major constellations one by one and draws them so they look like real pictures, not like those horrible drawings in the NY Times and other publications. His lion looks like a lion! The text is very basic, easy to follow and explains the basic astro stuff like stars, planets, magnitudes, but not much more. The major reason to buy this book if you already have his other book is for the handy sky charts. Unlike his more advanced book which has an entire sky map, this book as more handy "sky view" charts which are an easier way to learn the night sky. Another winner from H.A. Rey that anyone can profit from if interested in learning the stars!
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First- don't let the rating put you off (see summary below). This is a good kids' book. It is entertaining to see the illustrations provided as they have a real "Curious George" look to them. I purchased the book in hopes it could be a springboard for my sons (ages 6 & 8) to learn more about the sky. Personally, I found H.A. Rey's drawings of the constellations a little confusing, as they stray from "typical" and some of the illustrations dated (ie. the herdsman smoking a pipe??), also they are given 'common' names that you will not hear in astronomy circles. Good for kids, but a little confusing when you hear someone say 'bootes' rather than "the herdsman". There is a reference between the two in the index, but sadly not with the pictures. As a book to read with your kids this is definitely worth the time, but there are so many other materials out there to teach adults, I find the book has spent a lot of time on the shelf with dad & boys out looking at the stars with "dad's books". A fun book yes, but in our case unnecessary.

Summary? If you're looking for a nice book to spend a bit of time with your kids looking at the sky, this would be a great choice! However, if you're more serious about astronomy, then I have a hunch what knowledge "runs off" of you will be more useful to them.
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I used this book when I was a kid, when it was titled "Know the Stars." I was interested in astronomy and didn't know anyone else who knew anything about it, so I found this book and taught myself. The text is clever and cute, and simple enough that older grade school kids can understand it and enjoy it. The presentation of constellations as simple connect-the-dot drawings side by side with the unconnected stars makes it possible to take the great conceptual leap from the printed page to the real sky. The seasonal all-sky charts are done using the same concept. Self-tests are provided to help you hone your recognition skills. Basic information about individual stars is given, and bits of mythology and history are mixed in as well. I was pleased to see a current planet finder, good through 2006, in the most recent edition. I currently work as an astronomer, and I teach college level astronomy. I require my adult students to use this book to learn the constellations.
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Back in 1990, in the third grade I had a teacher, Ms. Carpentier, that had us all work on a specific science project. She gave me Constellations at the time, and it impacted my life from then on. I went to the library and borrowed this book and read front to back a million times. Needless to say stargazing and constellations became a major interest in my life and I ALMOST became and astronomer because of this book.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for all who love stars and especially to children to get them interested in it. I have read many constellation books but few are able to cover as much in such a simple way that is easy for anyone 8 or 80 to follow.
Buy this book, get a blanket and lay out under the stars with someone and follow along in the book!
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H. A. Rey's classic "Find the Constellations" ranks among the clearest, most intuitive books on stargazing in print and is a must for any young person's personal library. Rey, using his wonderful talents as an illustrator and storyteller masterfully presents the stars in a simple to digest format, explaining the essentials one needs to know in order to appreciate and understand the night sky. Rey also adds the myths that gave the constellations their place in our culture and creates a book that provides countless hours of learning and enjoyment.
Every adult should give their children or their favorite niece or nephew a copy of this book and enjoy with them tender nights discovering the wonders of the heavens.
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By A Customer on March 20 1999
Format: Paperback
H. A. Rey's classic "Find the Constellations" ranks among the clearest, most intuitive books on stargazing in print and is a must for any young person's personal library. Rey, using his wonderful talents as an illustrator and storyteller masterfully presents the stars in a simple to digest format, explaining the essentials one needs to know in order to appreciate and understand the night sky. Rey also adds the myths that gave the constellations their place in our culture and creates a book that provides countless hours of learning and enjoyment.
Every adult should give their children or their favorite niece or nephew a copy of this book and enjoy with them tender nights discovering the wonders of the heavens.
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