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Book Title: The Stars: A New Way to See Them|
Date of issue: November 18th 1976
ISBN 13: 9780395248300
The author of the book: H.A. Rey
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 955 KB
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
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H.A. Rey, author of the Curious George books, studied philosophy and natural sciences after World War I. He transformed his enjoyment of star gazing into this user-friendly guide for star recognition and the finding of constellations.
If you know the stars you are not easily lost. They tell you the time and direction on land, on sea, and in the air, and this can be valuable on many occasions.
The Stars is divided into two segments. The first half of the book is dedicated to introducing stargazing in the most comprehensive means possible for beginners. Ordinarily, constellations are presented as either allegorical images or confusing geometric shapes. Not so in The Stars.
[This book] shows the constellations in a new, graphic way, as shapes which suggest what the names imply: it shows the group of stars known as the Great Bear, in the shape of a bear; the Whale in the shape of a whale; the Eagle as an eagle, and so on. These shapes are easier to remember, and once you remember them you can retrace them in the sky.
Forty star charts are provided that depict where and when to search for individual constellations. Though the book is designed mainly for users in northern latitudes (from 30 to 50 degrees), star charts for all other latitudes and their constellations are included.
The second half of the book is more scientifically advanced and introduces complex theories and terms. Altitude, the rotation of the earth on its axis, latitude and longitude, solar and sidereal days, black holes, solar eclipses, and much more are explored in great detail.
Stars are enchanting specks of glistening light in the night sky, but Rey succeeds in making them sound even more enticing and ignites a desire to grab a sweater and peer up at the sky on the next clear night.
And should you venture into outer space, anywhere in the solar system, where no earthly landscape exists, the constellations would be your only guidepost, and familiar ones, too.
A helpful index and glossary are included at the back of the book and, as an added bonus, the book jacket unfolds into a 22 X 26" poster that's a chart of the night sky with all of the constellations drawn on it.
The Stars is a dazzling introduction to the lost art of gazing at the night sky and familiarizing oneself with the stars.
Read information about the authorHans Augusto Rey was born on September 16, 1898, in Hamburg, Germany. He grew up there near the world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo, and developed a lifelong love for animals and drawing. Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (who would be known to most of the world as Margret Rey) was also born in Hamburg on May 16, 1906. The two met briefly when Margret was a young girl, before she left Hamburg to study art. They were reunited in 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans was selling bathtubs as part of a family business and Margret was escaping the political climate in Germany. Margret convinced Hans to leave the family business, and soon they were working together on a variety of projects.
Hans and Margret were married in Brazil on August 16, 1935, and they moved to Paris after falling in love with the city during their European honeymoon. It was there that Hans published his first children’s book, after a French publisher saw his newspaper cartoons of a giraffe and asked him to expand upon them. Raffy and the Nine Monkeys (Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys in the British and American editions) was the result, and it marked the debut of a mischievous monkey named Curious George.
After Raffy and the Nine Monkeys was published, the Reys decided that Curious George deserved a book of his own, so they began work on a manuscript that featured the lovable and exceedingly curious little monkey. But the late 1930s and early ’40s were a tumultuous time in Europe, and before the new manuscript could be published, the Reys—both German Jews—found themselves in a horrible situation. Hitler and his Nazi party were tearing through Europe, and they were poised to take control of Paris.
Knowing that they must escape before the Nazis took power, Hans cobbled together two bicycles out of spare parts. Early in the morning of June 14, 1940, the Reys set off on their bicycles. They brought very little with them on their predawn flight — only warm coats, a bit of food, and five manuscripts, one of which was Curious George. The Nazis entered Paris just hours later, but the Reys were already on their way out. They rode their makeshift bicycles for four long days until reaching the French-Spanish border, where they sold them for train fare to Lisbon. From there they made their way to Brazil and on to New York City, beginning a whole new life as children’s book authors.
Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, and for sixty years these books have been capturing the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. All the Curious George books, including the seven original stories by Margret and Hans, have sold more than twenty-five million copies. So popular that his original story has never been out of print, George has become one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in children’s literature. His adventures have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Chinese, Danish, and Norwegian.
Although both of the Reys have passed away — Hans in 1977 and Margret in 1996—George lives on in the Curious George Foundation. Established in 1989, this foundation funds programs for children that share Curious George’s irresistible qualities—ingenuity, opportunity, determination, and curiosity in learning and exploring. Much consideration is given to programs that benefit animals, through preservation as well as the prevention of cruelty to animals. The foundation supports community outreach programs that emphasize the importance of family, from counseling to peer support groups.
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