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Astronomy for Young and Old

A Beginner's Guide to the Visible Sky

May 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st May 2014
  • ISBN 9781782500469
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 9"

Astronomy—especially naked-eye astronomy—is a wonderful way for children and young people to engage with the world and universe around them. Many children quickly take to the stars, planets and comets, learning skills that also help their overall development.

Astronomy for Young and Old is a perfect introduction to astronomy for any child, even if they do not have a telescope. It explains the visible constellations and explores the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, and meteorites. Color illustrations and diagrams at every stage help children relate what they are reading to what they can see in the sky.

Suitable for budding astronomers in both the northern and southern hemispheres, whether in polar, temperate, or tropical latitudes—that is, everywhere! This is an ideal introduction the wonders of stargazing.

“From the rotation of the Earth to a constellation map to an image illustrating the spring equinox, the images help this book truly stand out.... Students will appreciate this book for both its simplicity and depth, and so will more than a few adults. Reach for the stars, and add this one to nonfiction collections.” —School Library Journal

“It is a clearly illustrated excellent introduction to the night sky.... Beautifully colored, clear diagrams are there for each topic and included are some stunning photographs of particular phenomena.” —New View

“Expressed in clear language, it is accessible to an older child or any beginner and is a valuable resource for teachers, parents or any enthusiast.... The author and Floris Books are to be congratulated on such a first-rate introduction.” —New View

“This book is very readable as well as being interesting. It is a book to read and re-read many times and it would be an invaluable guide for anyone who wished to find out more about astronomy.” —Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin, spring 2014

“The production, appearance, and layout of the book are superb. Stand-alone boxes on various topics complement the main narrative and most chapters have an additional summary box.” —The Observatory magazine

Walter Kraul

Walter Kraul taught maths and physics at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich, Germany. He operates Spielzeug Kraul, a specialty toy company.