The Stars: A New Way to See Them Hardcover – 27 Oct 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
And now? An updated edition, with the same great pictures, the sly humour, revised charts, plus what I assume is the latest scientific knowledge.
I'm glad to have another copy to fill the remaining gaps in my knowledge and I recommend it highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful, easy to understand introduction to the stars for children. My 6 year old loves it.Published 5 months ago by Lucyloc1
This book is for the older child, I had bought it for my friends 7 yr old but when I looked at it decided it was much too old for him so given it to her 11 year old.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. P. Forrester