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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 2nd ed. edition (27 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547132794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547132792
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,924 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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I can heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in astronomy. It isn't an easy subject to grasp. Here, Rey makes it comparatively simple. If you've ever looked at the night sky, only been able to find the Dipper and felt confused and a touch saddened, then this book is for you.

There's no doubt about it, Rey knew his science. However, he was considerate enough to only bring that in later after he had explained how to find his reworked constellations. Instead of looking up at the sky and seeing a geometric mess, Rey teaches you how to see Leo as a Lion and Gemini as two stick figures. And that's not all. He can show you how to tell the time using the stars, something I never thought I'd be able to learn

I'm not very good at writing reviews so it's difficult to do Rey's work justice. Perhaps it's enough for me to say that this book has made me an amateur astronomer instead of a helpless stargazer.
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Every year I buy this remarkable book for presents. Nobody has been disappointed. With it everyone can see the constellations, as I am sure ancient people originally did. The diagrams and accompanying text are brilliantly concise and stimulating. It certainly inspired me to look up at night, for over thirty years. Incredibly original. A classic.
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I bought this book five and a half years ago. I've loved star gazing ever since I was a child but for some reason, I bought the book, but rarely opened it.

Recently, I've been much more aware of the stars as my companions. And so I've been reading the book. Together, the children and I are getting more and more familiar with the constellations as reliable friends. "There's Sirius" one of them will say casually as we come home on the evening.

Tonight, for the first time, I really *saw* Orion. Of course, I've known the 3 stars of his belt for years, and once we left London, could usually see his body and shield etc. Tonight, however, suddenly it all came together and I could completely see a huge warrior in the sky. I understood how ancient people decided that this was a man with a club and shield and sword.

This book's way of drawing the constellations have made them really come alive at last.
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When this book first came out I thought it was fantastic: at last, the constellations in shapes that made sense.
When I found it was still available I had to have it, and I like it just as much as when I first read it.
I would recommend this to anyone, young or old, who wants to make sense of all the stars in the sky.
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A little boring on the cover...but this book is fantastic. Trying to find a present for a young teenager interested in the night sky has been difficult- this book fills the gap between children's books and the scientific manual type of books I had been finding. It is written simply and easily and the diagrams are very clear and well set out.Ideal for slightly younger readers and beginners...exactly what I wanted! Enjoy!
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I've treasured this book ever since I was given the original edition, way back when. This star-gazing child was transfixed: AT LAST a way of seeing and remembering all those constellations that fascinated me but that didn't look like anything. I could make sense of the constellations now. The viewing charts were invaluable, and the scientific explanations at the back were fine in small doses.

And now? An updated edition, with the same great pictures, the sly humour, revised charts, plus what I assume is the latest scientific knowledge.
Highly recommended!
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Great for walks in the country at night. We have learned a lot about the stars and the constellations. The charts that tell you what to expect to see each evening and at certain times is great to look at before you set off - you know just what to expect in the sky.
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I had a copy of this book many years ago and that is how I learned my way around the skies. It makes learning the constellations easy by joining the stars up into shapes that fit the name of each constellation.

I'm glad to have another copy to fill the remaining gaps in my knowledge and I recommend it highly.
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