Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Page Count: 160 (Hardcover)
About the book:
A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.
Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky’s most brilliant features–such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets–as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.
I am blown away by the beauty of this book, starting with the cover, and continuing with the absolutely beautiful illustrations throughout. I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky, and had a telescope at a very young age. What We See in the Stars is a wonderful resource for both children and adults, and makes these topics accessible for any knowledge level.
The book is meticulously organized, beginning with an introduction about where we are in space. That is followed by sections on the constellations, the Milky Way, the Moon, Sun, and planets, as well as asteroids, comets, and meteors, and finally concluding with deep space. Each new section opens with full color, hand painted art depicting the topic to be discussed, and there are additional pieces of art as well as colorful diagrams throughout the book.
The section about constellations, covers Ptolemy’s constellations as well as the Modern constellations and discusses the tools and technologies used to view and study them. Each constellation gets a full page with artwork depicting the actual stars as well as the shape that inspired their name, as well as facts and the history and mythology behind them.
While I very much enjoyed the entire book, The Moon was my favorite section. The artwork was full of dark, rich colors and I could not stop looking at it. This section goes over the different phases of the moon, down to the day, as well as facts about tidal locking and other interesting moon related phenomena. It also talks about all of the different names used to describe a full moon throughout history.
There are so many fun and interesting details throughout this book and I feel like I notice something new every time I flip through it. I cannot wait to share this one with my kids, and I think it would be a really perfect gift for anyone in your life who has an appreciation for space. I will definitely be looking to see what else Kelsey Oseid has created, and if you’re interested, you can read more about her here.