Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Zoo in the Sky

by Jacqueline Mitton; Illustrated by Christina Balit

I am always looking for well-explained astronomy for children, and this book delivers. From the tiny details, like having the crescent moon pointing in the right direction (a point that too many children's illustrators miss), to the simple and informative descriptions of the constellations and key stars, Zoo in the Sky gives emerging readers anchors in the night sky. The inside front and back covers have sky maps, giving you an opportunity to point out that northern and southern hemispheres have different constellations (rimmed by the zodiac), as well as a chance to show your reading partner the big picture.

--Juno

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