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Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations

by Jacqueline Mitton

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I selected this book from my school's library to use after our field trip to the planetarium. The students were introduced to the constellations and thought this would be a great read with them. However, I found it was not appropriate for their age (1st grade). The information was a bit overwhelming for them and they had a hard time understanding. They did like flipping through the book and studying the pictures. This book is for students in 2nd through 5th grade. The cover is visually appealing and catches the readers interest. The author describes the constellations with vivid descriptions and simple explanations. I feel this book could be used as an introduction into mythology. I would not suggest this book as a read aloud to students but rather a book to them to read independently.
  dbushnell3 | May 3, 2014 |
The illustrations and colors in this book at phenomenal! Certainly for the older grades or high level reader, a great introduction to constellations!
  crisoneg | May 5, 2013 |
This book gives information on astronomy with metallic stars that outline constellations using animals. This will appeal to all students, especially students who are interested in stars and space. The appropriate grade level for this book would be 2nd grade to 4th grade. This book has poetic descriptions that can be used as introduction to mythology. This book allows children to learn about stars and animals at the same time. Uses in the classroom for this book would be to create their own sky by using black paper and chalk or poking holes through paper, turning the lights off and using a flashlight to flash the image on the wall to reveal each constellation they have created. This book can also be sued to help with a science project on the constellations of stars.
  VicVali | Dec 15, 2011 |
This book gives information on astronomy with metallic stars that outline constellations using animals. This will appeal to all students, especially students who are interested in stars and space. I would also have this in my science learning center, where children are able to learn about astronomy at their own pace.
  janeyiaC | Dec 10, 2011 |
Appropriate grade level for this book would be 2nd grade to 4th grade. This book hasn't received any awards. This book is a beautiful introduction to astronomy with metallic stars that outline the constellations. This attractive book with poetic descriptions can also be used as as introduction to mythology. This book is going to allow children to learn about stars and animals at the same time. Uses in the classroom for this book would be to create their own starry sky by using black paper and chalk or poking holes through paper, turning the lights off and using a flashlight to flash the image on the wall to reveal each constellation they have created.
  CLDoyle | Nov 28, 2011 |
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To my mother, who taught me to love books and the stars -J.M.
For my Guardian Angel, Sarah Slack -C.B.
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When the sun sets, darkness falls.
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People have always looked up at the stars in wonder, seeking patterns in the sky. This gorgeous picture book, published by the National Geographic Society, introduces children to the constellations that are named for animals--Leo the Lion, the Great Bear and Little Bear, and many more. Christina Balit's striking paintings showcase each constellation against a deep blue background--animals or fantastical beasts positioned in the dark night sky, with the individual stars, metallic and iridescent, superimposed upon them. Each image is accompanied by a short, engaging, often dramatized description of the group of stars and the legends surrounding it, written by distinguished astronomer and writer Dr. Jacqueline Mitton: "Charging through the zodiac, here comes the Bull. Head down, horns thrust forward, Taurus is ready to toss the twins. But they are safe, always on the other side of the Milky Way." The front and endpapers are star maps that show the actual constellations of both the southern and northern skies. Mitton also offers a brief introduction to the constellations and two pages of related discussion on astronomy at the book's end. A lovely choice for anyone interested in the mysteries of the night sky. (Click to see a sample spread. Text © 1998 Jacqueline Mitton. Illustrations © 1998 Christina Balit.) (Ages 6 to 10) --Marcie Bovetz

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Brilliantly colored paintings illustrate this introduction to constellations and the animals which ancient stargazers imagined as they made their observations of the night sky.

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