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The stars, a new way to see them
Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto), 1898-1977.
Enlarged world-wide edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1997]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
" ... They have been updated by Chris Dolan."--T.p. verso.
Reading Level:
1140 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 6.0 44147.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.7 9 Quiz: 31510 Guided reading level: Y.
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QB63 .R4 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This is a clear, vivid text with charts and maps showing the positions of the constellations the year round.

Author Notes

Hans Augusto Rey was born on September 16, 1898 in Hamburg, Germany. He escaped to Paris with his wife after the Nazi's invaded. While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Rafi and the Nine Monkeys, is little remembered today, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. Their work was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans built two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George.

The books were published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941. Curious George was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more adventures of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all. Their title Happy Halloween made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. At first, Margret's name was left off the cover because there was a glut of women already writing children's fiction. In later editions, this was corrected, and Margret now receives full credit for her role in developing the stories.

H. A. Rey died in 1977 and in 1989 Margaret Rey established the Curious George Foundation to help creative children and prevent cruelty to animals.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Written by the author of Curious George, this hefty guide to stars, constellations, and planets in the night sky was first published in 1952 and revised several times, though the current book is evidently the first to be called the second edition. A star on the jacket proclaims updated star and solar system information. Inside, additions include an introductory note on Pluto, which explains the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet, as well as a paragraph on the Kuiper Belt. Information on the solar system and the asteroid belt has been revised in the light of Pluto's reclassification. In addition, the planetary tables have been updated through 2016. The bibliography was not updated, however, and it includes no books from the last 10 years. Still, the new edition is recommended to replace old ones in astronomy collections.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2009 Booklist

Table of Contents

Part 1 Shapes in the Skyp. 9
Part 2 Meet the Constellationsp. 26
Part 3 The Stars Through the Yearp. 66
Part 4 Some Whys and Howsp. 108
Index-Glossaryp. 151
Universal Sky Chartp. 157