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The sun, moon, stars, and planets have been a source of wonder and fascination for as long as humans have inhabited the earth. In Sky Gazing, a highly visual guide to observing the sky with the naked eye, kids aged 9–14 will delve into the science behind what they see, whether they live in a dark rural setting or under the bright lights of the city. Exploring astronomical ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sky Gazing is a great guide to everything astronomy. If you want to learn about stars or the planets, grab this book! It's such a great guide with lots of information packed in it. I found it super knowledgable and I think a lot of middle graders all the way up to adults can appreciate the information and pictures provided.

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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Natalie
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Sky Gazing is an amazing book covering everything I could think of within its beautiful, eye catching pages. This is a book every school library needs to have on its shelves and is a fantastic book for moon and space lovers as well as educational too.

I enjoyed the constellations part immensely and loved seeing real pictures of so many different things instead of just drawings
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Kammy
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via netgalley!

This book is very well made and has extensive information on anything relating to stars, space and plants. Even thought my daughter was a bit young for this book (she is five), she enjoyed having me read to her about the various subjects. This is a book that will grow with her as she gets older. Her favorite was the beautiful pictures of the stars! As a parent, I enjoyed the fact that most of the pictures in his book are a
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Lisa
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start my review by saying Sky Gazing by Meg Thacher is the most complete astronomy reference book I have found to date! I was surprised at the breadth of knowledge included in this book. I was originally excited to share this material with my granddaughter as she is obsessed with the moon and stars and thought it might be a fun teaching tool. It was all of that and so much more. I was sucked in to this book and didn't put it down until I reached the last page. It includes beautiful photos ...more
Katie
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is a fantastic astronomy resource. I highly recommend it for home schoolers, educators, or really anyone interested in studying the sky and all it has to offer. I love that this book not only included well presented factual information, but also note booking suggestions and activities to try (experiments). The pictures and illustrations were purposeful and beautiful.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
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Amelia Maness-Gilliland
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations to read in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley and Storey Publishers.

Meg Thacher did an impressive job with the organization of the book and the depth of information she provided! She excels at writing content that is understandable to the audience it’s intended (9-14 years old) and is also appealing to adults.

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Marte Olsen
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
This is a really good and pretty complete guide to observing the elements of the sky! I love how it explains everything well, has A LOT of pictures and models, and gives plenty of useful tips to observing different things in the sky. In theory this is all a child needs for basic knowledge in the various topics, and as a teacher student that will teach students from 6-13 years old, this will be a great tool to have! I also really enjoyed th
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I _teach_muggles
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You only have to look up to see the incredible wonders of the sky…the moon, the sun, the stars, sometimes a planet. The sky is its own world of magic. Sky Gazing is all about getting children to step outside and observe the wonders of the sky. This read doesn’t just tell children about the sky, it provides activities and suggestions to get them to actively engage with the sky.

Sky Gazing is beautifully presented and makes some quite complex subjects accessible to younger readers. Even as an adult
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Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
This was a cute and informative book about space! The information was descriptive but easy to understand and grasp. The book was also packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations. I especially enjoyed the photos of the nebulas and surfaces of the planets and moon.

What I really loved about this book though was the how to’s and activities within it! Things like how to make a star wheel, or use binoculars to view stars is not something I would think about but it makes a wonderful addition t
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Tori
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book to review in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly - this book is stunning, and I will be buying myself a copy when it is released... And likely another few for various nieces and nephews.

Secondly - I have learnt more from reading this book about astronomy, than any teacher taught me while I was at school. Jargon has always confused me, no matter the subject and this book, with its mix of pictures and text just perfectly
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Ivy Brooks
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely exceeded my expectations! The amount of information provided was vast and interesting. There are sections on the weather, planets, constellations, and so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed that it dove into both night and day, as I feel most books tend to gravitate towards the night sky. The activities were cute and are definitely ones I can see being easily incorporated into a classroom! I would definitely recommend this to all ages!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary eARC
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Flocarine
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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The sun, moon, stars, and planets have been a source of wonder and fascination for as long as humans have inhabited the earth. In Sky Gazing, a highly visual guide to observing the sky with the naked eye, kids aged 9–14 will delve into the science behind what they see, whether they live in a dark rural setting or under the bright lights of the city. Exploring astronomical objects and phenomena, this captivating book takes young readers on a tour of our solar system and deep space beyo
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Kellen Green
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great tool for both teachers and astronomy enthusiast.

This book merges a beautifully crafter design, illustrations and real life images and pictures with a huge amount of well presented information for both beginners and amateurs on the field of astronomy or plain and simple star gazing.

A great source of knowledge that includes a comprehensive observation of the information, taking into account the difference between the north and south hemispheres, the seasons and even the physical characteri
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Katie Carroll
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher.

As stated in the table of contents page, Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planet, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations by Meg Thacher is not like other books that are meant to be read from start to finish, and that's a good thing. This guide to all things sky-related is full of topics that can be perused by interest or as needed for reference. Want to know when to observe the next lunar or solar eclipse? There's a section for that. Sam
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RumBelle
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a fascinating guide to all things astronomical. Children will enjoy reading this book and learning about objects in space, planets, nebulae, galaxies and so much more. They will learn how they can observe many of the objects in the sky, without telescopes or binoculars. There are also chapters on space related vehicles and machines.

My favorite aspect of this book was about the planets. Reading about them, and their moons. In addition seeing the star charts, and learning where planets we
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Emily
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an acutely myopic child whose near-sightedness was diagnosed several years too late, I developed the habit of looking at things right in front of my face; the sky was a vast enigma and I was never inclined to try to fathom its mysteries. I've regretted my ignorance so many times over the years but have never remedied it . . . UNTIL NOW!! This gorgeous, lavishly-illustrated, amply-sized book has already given me more pleasure and information in a few hours than I've accumulated in decades. The ...more
Hannah
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
A terrific resource! Clear, engaging, and encouraging, this book makes the reader feel as if a friend is teaching them about the wonders of the heavens. While geared towards young sky-gazers, I’d recommend this to anyone who is curious about the night sky and wishes for a thorough primer in an effortlessly approachable and enjoyable format. The illustrations are excellent and I’ll be using some of them to help explain celestial motion to some of my own (adult) students — my whiteboard scribbles ...more
Beth
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of enthusiasm, explanations, and activities for learning to love the sky, especially at night. I liked the scale model of the solar system along the page bottom, and the different levels of difficulty marked for the activities. Although I had to say I think recording information would be better in an app than a notebook, because half the fun is making graphs with the data.

It's a good size to hold and read, and appealing in layout, tone and detail.
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Amit Verma
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is a beautiful book. It has stunning pictures of our solar system and our galaxy.
Although astronomy uses big telescopes this book familiarises reader with celestial objects we can observe with naked eyes.
Provided we reduce light pollution and see in right direction.
It shows stunning views of milky way, moon, aurora borealis and moon.
It has informative captions. A real treat for astronomy buffs.
Susan
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book which is a guide to our sky. Written for children, it's a book for everyone. It comes with stories, information, activities and a list of special events. I think it's a must-have in schools and libraries. A very fun read! A good guide with activities for parents to do with their children. ...more
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Meg Thacher teaches astronomy and writes about science. She loves to teach kids and adults about the wonders of the universe. She's written 30 articles for kids' magazines: feature articles, interviews and scientist profiles, DIY science activities, and humor. Her first book, Sky Gazing, teaches kids how to observe the sky, night or day, from wherever they are. For more information, check out her ...more

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