The Stars

The Stars

by H. A. Rey

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This is a clear, vivid text with charts and maps showing the positions of the constellations the year round.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547532615
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 184,857
File size: 90 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and Curious George was published in 1941. Curious George has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

Hans and Margret Rey created many books during their lives together, including Curious George, one of the most treasured classics of all time, as well as other favorites like Spotty and Pretzel. But it was their rambunctious little monkey who became an instantly recognizable icon. After the Reys escaped Paris by bicycle in 1940 carrying the manuscript for the original Curious George, the book was published in America in 1941. More than 200 Curious George titles followed, with 75 million books sold worldwide. Curious George has been successfully adapted into a major motion picture and an Emmy-winning television show on PBS.

Place of Birth:

Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977

Table of Contents

Part 1Shapes in the Sky9
Part 2Meet the Constellations26
Part 3The Stars Through the Year66
Part 4Some Whys and Hows108
Universal Sky Chart157

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The Stars: A New Way to See Them 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
jrcollegdr More than 1 year ago
This is not a typical star chart. The author gives helpful and interesting information about the stars and constellations. The stars in the constellations are drawn in a different way that makes them easy to visualize and remember. This books allows a whole new way to look at the night sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have owned this book over the last 20 years and have purchased the updated versions 3 times.....that's how much I like it! (Updates for date sensitive charts) For the individual who just wants to enjoy the night sky. Accessible... Most other astronomy books, even ones for beginners, have lots of math and computations..... Rey shows you how to find a planet, just by looking for it in the area of a constellation. His "re-drawing" of traditional constellations, make them so much easier to find. Really good for parents to share with their childen on a summer or winter night. Lay down in the back yard on the grass, or make a snow angel and use the star charts to get to know the night sky. I have a row of books on astronomy in my bookcase, and this is the only one I use. I keep a copy in my car in case I want to stop while I am driving and take in the stars and planets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an essential title for the naked-eye stargazer. It connects the dots in such a way that we can see how the constellations got their names, thousands of years ago, and it makes the patterns easy to remember. Basic celestial mechanics are also explained in terms that are easy to understand. This book has contributed greatly to my love affair with the night sky.
PeterF1 More than 1 year ago
The Rey's opened the universe to my eyes.  Before "The Stars,...." the night sky was a confusing mess of abstract shapes.  Oh I had been looking at the starts with awe and tried to study what was what for quite a while before.  But one summer, when I was 17, I took the book with me in the backyard (in the city no less) and truly discovered the universe.  It was the Rey's that helped me discover the planets (Saturn) and when I trained my little telescope on it for the first time and saw it's rings, I was extraordinarily happy.  Thanks to the Rey's the Universe became ordered and regular.  Now the stars, planets and constellations are like my night time friends. A VERY high recommendation for anyone that truly wants to know 'what's out there' in the night sky.
CaptainUSN More than 1 year ago
I used it to teach Naval Officers in a celestial navigation class. It is graphic and easy to understand. The cover can be used to construct a very clear star chart. It is particularly great for beginners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful approach to recognize the constellations! I'm excited to "see" and now know the stars with new eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some things in life that are truly life-altering, life changing; this book was one of those for me. It captured my imagination at a young age and kindled a love of astronomy that has been going strong for over 36 years. I now own many books on astronomy, but this one remains my favorite, and is the one I always recommend to those getting started, young or old. I know of no better way to become familiar with the night sky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My parents bought this book for me, along with a four inch telescope, when it first came out to help fuel my growing love of astronomy. I can't begin to tell you how many late nights I spent using this book to watch the sky. The Stars in on my "must have" list of books for when I have children of my own. I am pleased that it's still in print and plan to pick up a new copy soon. I hope I don't wear out this copy before I can pass it on :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why this is classified as a 'children's book!' It is the best book -- period -- for learning to identify the constellations and planets. H.A. Rey uses his illustrator ability, to provide superb connect-the-dots which you will always remember. If you buy but one book on star-gazing ... let this be the one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books EVER for learning the Constellations. Rey, author of the 'Curious George' books, presents the constellations in easy to learn stick figure images that resemble the characters for which the constellations are named. I've taught astronomy for 20 years and this is the one I always recommend for my students. John Land - Astronomy Club of Tulsa
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
I remember this book from my childhood - it was one of my favorites. It launched me on a lifetime of stargazing and Greek mythology. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HA Rey makes learning tricky star patterns and constellations simple. This was my first book about astronomy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to learn about the constelations and are looking for and easy-to-read and enjoyable book about astronomy, this book is for you. It was written more than a half of a century ago by the author of the "Curious George" episodes, and has withstood the test of time... Will those other books that are slanted for technogeeks and gadget-lovers be able to claim this in 50 years? Probably not! On the other hand, Rey's book is filled with information, illustrations, and tales about the the constelations that anybody can appreciate. Rey is down to earth: no big investments or fancy gadgets are required for stargazing... just your own interest in learning and an ability to look upwards on starry nights! Why spend all that cash on an expensive telescope that will accumulate dust behind your couch? Buy this book (cheap!) and cultivate a taste for what has already been given to you free! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally got this book when I was a kid...and I can still appreciate at now almost thirty years later. Clear, of the best stargazing books I have ever read.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Years ago my eldest child was on an astronomy kick. She loved looking up at the stars and picking out constellations. Supportive parents that we were, we encouraged her interest, taking her to astronomy club star parties and buying her a few (affordable) astronomy things, including this book. The Stars is a beginner's guide to astronomy, explaining in simple terms the basics of watching the skies and illustrating the constellations in a simple fashion to help a budding astronomer learn to pick them out. There's also a section which gets a bit more technical, talking about meridians and declinations and all those things that made me avoid astronomy magazines even though I love science fiction. But since the whole book is illustrated by H. A. Ray, the creator of Curious George, even those pages are worth reading. Or trying to read, at least. Anyway, this one is worth checking out if for no other reason than to learn your basic astronomy.--J.
Reba99 More than 1 year ago
The manner that HA Rey presents the constellations is wonderful! I have enjoyed the stars even more than I used to!
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