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a magical mystery tour...step right this way,
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This review is from: A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends (Paperback)
====== PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK IS FOR THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE ONLY =====
The title suits this book so well, as that is how reading this book feels... "A Walk through the Heavens" an awesome stroll through the night sky on a big friendly adventure. That last part wouldn't make quite so good a title though. I really enjoyed starhopping , finding more and more constellations and stars in the night sky, through the seasons, and then flipping to the back to read up on the mythology section. This book is very user friendly and requires no prior knowledge and i have to admit that having read other books, since.. introducing the night sky, i wouldn't have stuck at it without this making the journey so enjoyable and comprehensible. It includes many different star routes to the same constellation to make it very easy to find as well as reinforcing your awareness of it in the sky. It also includes the mythology of constellations (western and eastern , adapted for family viewing) and teaches you a simple method to measure apparent distances in the sky using nothing but your hand.
I do feel a pronounciation section would have been very helpful and more about the planets and how to find them..so it loses a star, but the quality of its teaching in finding the stars is very good and the book has a friendly and passionate tone, throughout. I bought this book , from nothing more than mild curiousity, at the start of the year and have now bought my first pair of binoculars.
I actually sent my copy to a friend in Canada to teach her, so that we could share our view of the sky..but as i miss it so much, i realise that I'm going to have to buy another copy.