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Title:
Zoo in the sky : a book of animal constellations
Author:
Mitton, Jacqueline.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
Summary:
Brilliantly colored paintings illustrate this introduction to constellations and the animals which ancient stargazers imagined as they made their observations of the night sky.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 102185.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 2 Quiz: 27672 Guided reading level: L.
ISBN:
9780792270690
Format :
Book

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Summary

Large, vibrant paintings and shimmering foil stars make a brilliant connection between age-old stargazing tales and the constellations. Full-color illustrations with silver foil highlights.


Author Notes

Dr. Jacqueline Mitton holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. In addition to writing about astronomy, Dr. Mitton works as the Public Relations Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in England.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Using sparkling silver stars to indicate animal constellations in the night sky, this colorful picture book certainly has eye appeal. Each turn of the page brings another horizontal spread featuring one constellation, delineated by the shining stars and fleshed out with a well-designed, brilliantly colored portrait of the beast. The accompanying text generally consists of five or six lines, such as, "The Scorpian has a nasty sting in his tail. Beware as he scuttles across the Milky Way." Mitton, with a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cambridge, limits herself to this rather fanciful and disjointed accompaniment to the well-designed illustrations until the last two pages, which are given over to excellent discussions of stars, the constellations, and the night sky. Sky maps appear on the endpapers. Students researching individual constellations will need more substance; however, younger children will find this a visually dynamic introduction to the animal constellations. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Mitton highlights the animals represented in the zodiac by superimposing shiny metallic stars to outline the constellations on colorful and lush paintings of the creatures. The effect is visually stunning, although the shape of the constellation is not always easily discerned against the visual activity of the background. Celestial maps on the endpapers provide clarifying references, however, and with a little study, the shapes in the paintings begin to emerge. This is an attractive introduction to astronomy, and can be used as an entrée to disciplines such as mythology or folklore. In addition, the simple, poetic descriptions will capture the attention of preschoolers and early elementary-age children alike. A brief explanation of stars and constellations rounds out this lovely and unusual offering.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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