Source: Blogging For Books – I received this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Ten Speed
Edition: Hardcover, 160 Pages
Genre: Science, Non-Fiction
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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.
What We See in the Stars is a nice little table book filled with incredible art and tons of info about our solar system, the stars beyond and our curiosity.
I initially requested this because I am a bit of a space geek. I never get tired of learning about the universe, and even when it’s material I already know I have an unending appetite for it. What We See in the Stars was a book that I already knew I would like, but it turned out to be once I seriously loved. The info inside is great for those new to astronomy (young and old alike) and for those like me who really enjoy all things space. Oseid takes the time to explain all the terms, explain the constellations and shed some light on distant stars. There are seven overall sections in this book: The Constellations, The Milky Way, The Moon, The Sun, The Planets, Asteroids Comets & Meteors, and Deep Space. There is a ton of info in this tiny book!
What keeps this book from being like so many others of the same nature is the art, which is stunning. Nearly every page has an illustration of some sort and in some cases, the pages themselves are painted like the night sky. It turns a really accessible, easy to read book about the universe around us into something that is perfect for kids and for display.
I’m really loving these illustrated info books that Ten Speed keeps producing, and I hope they continue to do so especially for history and science subjects.