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Find the Constellations

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Find the Constellations

H.A. Ray and with his wife, Margaret, were best known for creating the classic and well-loved children's book character, Curious George. But H. A. also had an interest in astronomy. He redrew constellation diagrams in such a way as to make them easier to remember. His drawings were first published in 1952 in a book called THE STARS: A New Way to See Them. A children's version was published in 1954, then updated in 2008. This newest version has been updated once again.

"FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS is an easy-to-follow guide for locating the constellations in the sky. The instructions are straightforward and are enhanced by tons of kid-friendly illustrations."

FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS is an easy-to-follow guide for locating the constellations in the sky. The instructions are straightforward and are enhanced by tons of kid-friendly illustrations.

The text is broken down into short chapters. Two quizzes are included, testing the readers' knowledge of the shape of the constellations. The quizzes were not included in the original version of this book. This newest version also includes a sky chart, timetables for figuring out what constellations will be visible throughout the year and an extra chapter about space travel. Some of the earlier text has also been revised to reflect current science. The book also comes with a bonus online planet locator.

I've always been a fan of H.A. Rey since I love Curious George (who doesn't?). I didn't realize he had written an astronomy book for kids, though. I was glad I got a chance to read this book. It's a very useful tool for anyone interested in stargazing. Although it is geared towards children, I thought it would also make a great beginning book for adults who might be interested in the subject. I found a lot of useful information in the text, too.

This would also make a great resource to use in the classroom when learning about the stars, the solar system or space travel.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on January 17, 2017

Find the Constellations
by H. A. Rey

  • Publication Date: December 6, 2016
  • Genres: Children's 10-12, Science
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0544763424
  • ISBN-13: 9780544763425