Apple & Speedy are so interested in the solar system and sky right now. We went to a planetarium at the very beginning of this school year, and they have been "researching" the sky since. This is one of the things I love about homeschool the most. We have the freedom to follow a trail of interest at our leisure. I don't know many other K and 3rd graders that get to delve so deeply into the solar system. We have a nice planet poster up in our school room for a visual and we've been seeking information at the library, online, and now in this new fabulous resource we received. The Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle is a great place for young children to start learning about God's creations in space.
"This book is written for the person who has no experience in astronomy, but wants to learn how to best enjoy the night sky." (pg 4) Doesn't that say everything you need to know? Honestly I don't know much about astronomy. This is one of those areas where I will learn beside my children. This book is a terrific place to start. Many of the heavenly bodies Dr. Lisle introduces you to can be viewed by the human eye, no telescope needed. There is even a whole chapter on the human eye to help you better understand how and why you see what you do. In case you are ready to continue your study of the sky, Dr. Listle also includes a chapter on telescopes to assist you in making the best purchase.
Apple and Speedy have basically devoured every beautiful image in the book. Many come from the Hubble Space telescope. Apple is completely intrigued by the galaxies, especially the beautiful pictures of the Whirlpool Galaxy. Speedy loves them all! He has really been studying the planets. I must admit I have sat and thumbed through the pages several times already. I am so in awe of God's magnificent creation! If you have children that are interested in the sky, the planets, the constellations, check out this guide! It would make a wonderful gift for an adult or a child, any novice sky gazer!
I received this book from New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.