Stars: A Family Guide to the Night Sky by Adam Ford
|Stars: A Family Guide to the Night Sky by Adam Ford|
|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: Louise Jones|
|Summary: A gorgeous guide to the night sky for families to explore together.|
|Buy? yes||Borrow? yes|
|Pages: 80||Date: September 2015|
|Publisher: Ivy Press|
If an innovative book and a beautiful piece of art got together and had offspring, the result would probably look a lot like an Ivy Press publication. This publisher never ceases to impress and their books are the kind of ones that you keep to pass onto subsequent generations. With this in mind, I was excited to receive a lovely children's book called Stars: A Family Guide to the Night Sky for review, which invites families to explore the cosmos from your own backyard. Would it live up to the standard of its predecessors? I was getting starry-eyed in anticipation...
The book has a sturdy and solid feel, with a thick card cover, secured at the spine with thick metal pins. The pages are made of thick, high-quality paper, and embellished with enchanting, dream-like illustrations that draw the reader in. Despite its small size, it manages to cover a wide variety of subjects, including different types of star, the constellations, stargazing basics and how the universe began. The book also contains fold-out star maps of the northern and southern skies and a guide to what to look out for at different seasons of the year.
There are plenty of interactive features, such as a spinning wheel with facts and figures of the planets in the solar system, some experiments to try at home, as well as a pop-out card game of 'space pairs', with handy perforated lines that ensure that the rest of the book is not damaged. The very last few pages contain a variety of colourful stickers with an alien theme, perfect for reward charts or embellishing books and personal items.
Stars is an ideal gift for any child with a fascination with the night sky and encourages families to get outside and look heavenward to enjoy a most spectacular free light show that is accessible to all.
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