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The Stars: A New Way to See Them Hardcover – 6 Dec 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hmh Books for Young Readers; Updated edition (6 Dec. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544763432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544763432
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Stars is the best book available for its purpose. It is also a brilliant example of the combined use of art and writing in bringing science to the layman." Saturday Review

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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Format: Paperback
This book is the best you will find to introduce you to the night sky and the constellations. It is also the best explanation of celestial mechanics (seasons, tides, phases of the moon, planet movements, etc) I have seen anywhere. I've used this book so much I've had to buy it three times.
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What is unique about this books approach is that he connects up the stars in the constellations to look like that which they are supposed to represent. This makes his pictures memorable and fun. After browsing to 30 or 40 titles dealing with same subject, this absolute beginner was convinced of the worthiness of this approach, and the book has stood the test of time ('in the field') for me. Couldn't be more lucid. Not only will you be able to identify constellations, but understand their movements, the seasons, lunar cycles... Maybe not quite enough info. for the anoraks out there, but for children and greensticks like me, I don't know anything better.
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This is a very clearly written book,easy to use and understand. I really enjoy the way this is written and illustrated, with clear diagrams, and often mythological tales, which accompany detailed descriptions and guidleines to finding constellations in both hemispheres. I have remembered lots from it and can now spot quite a few constellations even without the aid of the book. I think this is one of the best books available despite its age, I have never found one better and still love it even after owning a copy for about 15 years.
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This book cannot be recommended, enough. Being an amateur astonomer for 30 years and having studied many "backyard" astronomy books, it was a revelation to find this book. It changed my view of stars for ever! Other books struggled to make you recognize the constellations by trying to "fit" them in patterns that either did not match the names and sometimes were silly. Rey managed to show us that "Cetus" constellation looks like a cetus really, and the same goes for the rest of them. As an experienced (?) amateur astronomer I usually turn to this book to refresh my view of the stars. I take it with me to star parties and I should say that at least 7 out of 10 people who see it, buy it. There is always a place for this book beside my photographic atlases of the sky and my astronomomical computer software which show thousands of stars more, but lack the fascination to look at bears and whale in the sky...
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Format: Hardcover
Had this book with me in Mexico and longed for it in the Egyptian desert. The absolute one and only star gazing book you will ever need.
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Picture this... City boy goes to the country for the weekend and, Lo! there are stars where he is used to seeing the glare of the city. Upon musing about which glowing blob was what, his host produces a battered (from much use) edition of H.A.Rey's 'The Stars - A New Way To See Them' and, despite some amusement that the author of the 'Curious George' children's books had penned a star guide, within ten minutes he knew more about the heavens than he had ever thought possible and was pointing out Cassiopeia (easily identified by lining up 'the Pointers' of the Big Dipper to locate the Pole Star and from there, a bit to the right, to the 'W' of Cassiopeia) to his children with the authority of an expert! This book explains in the most simple and understandable terms (Rey was, after all, a children's author and used to parsing information in an easily digestible format) how to look at stars and their constellations, how to recognise them in a simplified, pictorial way, and! how to guage which is which from their brightness. This is the book that I have been seeking for years to demystify the complexities of astronomy so as to make the simple recognition of the stars an enjoyable and non-scientific exercise. Something that other books I've tried seem to make into a complex, and therefore frustrating, pursuit. It is totally fabulous, quite aside from being a fun and informative read. Everyone should be able to recognise at least some of the stars that cicumnavigate the heavens above us, and this book lets them do just that without feeling the need for an astronomy degree.
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Format: Hardcover
The book is a magnificent teacher of our nighttime skies. This is the only star guide you'll ever need unless you buy a telescope.
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This is the all-time classic for learning the constellations. My father gave me this book when I was about 10, and I've owned a copy ever since. Now, my own sons are learning their way around the night sky with it. Absolutely the clearest, most easily recognized representations of the star patterns I've ever seen. Even "Sky and Telescope" magazine has recently changed its "All Sky" maps to use most of these drawings, rather than more complicated traditional ones. (The most notable exception is Ursa Major, The Great Bear, but I prefer Rey's illustration; it looks more like a bear!) One ommission in this catalog listing is the edition and date. The planetary tables are only valid for about a 10-year span, and the publisher revises them accordingly. I can only hope that "Amazon.com" is shipping the latest.
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