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Seeing Stars: Shining Star Light : 10 Constellation Cards, Flashlight, and Book of Star Lore
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Seeing Stars: Shining Star Light : 10 Constellation Cards, Flashlight, and Book of Star Lore

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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Author: Charles Hobson

List Price: $14.95

Ages: 9-11 Years

Reviewed By: Robin McDonald

 
For the space cadets in your family who don't want to wait for the sky to fall, bookstores offer this excellent item that is most helpful for inside stargazing: Seeing Stars, by Charles Hobson. This small gift box includes a silver flashlight, a small explanatory book, and several cards with the outlines of popular constellations on them.

The cards have star-shaped holes in them, corresponding to the stars that create the constellation. The cards flip over, showing the reverse diagram, which is the way the Greek astronomers depicted them. These cards are simple enough for a child to use them in the discovery method, holding them up and shining the flashlight through them. I find that using a wall (or inside of a tent/teepee) works better for illumination and clarity.

Some of the cards include:
Orion the Hunter (our favorite)
Ursa Major and Minor (bear constellations, also known as the Big and Little Dippers)
Cetus the Sea Monster
Andromeda the Princess
Pegasus the Winged Horse
Perseus the Hero
Cassiopeia the Queen
Cepheus the King
The night sky with all constellations in their corresponding patterns

The book includes an explanation of these constellations, particularly as they pertain to ancient Greek mythology, and how they are related to one another in the sky and through myths.

Chapters:
Why the Stars Have Attracted Us
How to Use the Cards
The Andromeda Constellations
The Andromeda Myth (with all the players)
How to Locate the Andromeda Constellations
Want to Learn More?

This small gift set corresponds to an out of print limited edition book entitled Andromeda Imagined, which is difficult to locate.
More Information
Available From: Chronicle Books
Address: 85 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 800.722.6657
Website: www.chroniclebooks.com
Email: frontdesk@chroniclebooks.com
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Robin McDonald
Robin McDonald is a mom who actually does Windows, since she used to work at Microsoft! Robin resigned from her full-time writing job to homeschool her children. She freelances, and teaches art and writing classes.
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