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Animals in the Sky

Written by Sara Gillingham

Early Years Key Stage 1 Animals General Non-Fiction Space

LoveReading View on Animals in the Sky

Cleverly constructed board book and a beautifully visualised introduction to the stars

From the author of Seeing Stars which detailed all 88 known constellations for older children, this stylish and sturdy book introduces just six of the most familiar and recognisable constellations to the very young.  Young children like nothing better than books which invite them to guess what is under the flap and here each constellation is introduced by the line-connected star cluster sparkling against the deep blue background of the night sky. As you read aloud the verbal clues, children are asked to guess the creature and the answer is revealed, with more lines filling in the details of the animal, under the flap, alongside more information about the constellation and its major stars. Flaps can be quite flimsy and often considered unsuitable for classroom use but, in this case, it is a solid full-page fold-out that will withstand multiple uses.

Children will definitely be inspired to do their own star gazing and to investigate further. Personally, this has helped enormously to understand how constellations got their names and to see the animal properly revealed. I still wonder, however, at the imagination of the Ancients that first connected those dots! 

Joy Court

Animals in the Sky Synopsis

A graphically stunning introduction to constellations for the youngest readers, following the meteoric rise of global bestseller Seeing Stars.

This stylish, informative board book helps younger children identify six of the most recognizable animal constellations from The Great Bear to the The Southern Fish. Each constellation is introduced as a cluster of stars with its connected-line shape; readers then guess the animal through a series of read-aloud clues.

A full animal illustration gatefold reveals the answer, accompanied by extra information about the constellation and its important stars. Perfect for bedtime stargazing! Ages 2-4

Animals in the Sky Press Reviews

Praise for Seeing Stars;

“To capture the wonder of the night sky, it takes a gorgeous volume like this.”—Booklist 

“Budding stargazers will devour this guide offering the stories behind each star group, and how to find them in the night sky.”—Air & Space Magazine 

“For the young explorer... A beautifully designed accessible guide to the constellations.” — Town & Country Online

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838660246
Publication date: 6th March 2020
Author: Sara Gillingham
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Format: Board book
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: Animals, Bedtime Reading, General Non-Fiction, Space

About Sara Gillingham

Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer. She was the design director for children's publishing at Chronicle Books and taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts. In addition, she has written and/or illustrated several books for children. She lives with her family in British Columbia, Canada.

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