Dewey: 520.92'2
This title covers these subjects:  AstronomyAstronomersStars
Skygazers: From Hypatia to Faber (Hardcover)

by Lisa E Greathouse

Compass Point Books
Astronomers devote their lives to studying the stars and other celestial bodies. Some have made incredible discoveries about our galaxy, while others have questioned what we thought we knew about the solar system. Some even helped astronauts land on the moon. For more information, read Our Solar System, another book in the Mission: Science series.

Reading Level: 5-6
Interest Level: 4-8
Lexile Level: IG 930L
Accelerated ReaderATOS Level: 6.3
AR Points: 1.0
AR Quiz Number: 128073

ISBN:  9780756540753 / 0-7565-4075-5
Publisher:  Compass Point Books
Brand:  Mission Science
Copyright: 2009
Language: English
Page Count:  40
Page Dimensions:  7 x 9
Binding:  Reinforced Library Binding

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NSTA Recommends - Ralph Peterson

What a wonderful book for young minds! Science students are often criticized for "daydreaming," but these stargazers went from observation to inference, and built our knowledge of the heavens. I really appreciate that a number of women are highlighted. From Hypatia of Alexandria (the inventor of the astrolabe, who was allegedly killed by monks) to modern astronomers, there is a rich diversity of methods and characters. This book not only gives biographical information on some of the world’s great astronomers but could also be used as a reference text. The “Astronomers at a Glance” section, glossary, and “Astronomy Through Time” sections are a very nice touch. This book is written at an appropriate level for elementary students, and I believe it will inspire some to look at astronomy as something they may want to do as a profession. Even older readers will enjoy it, as I did.

June 1, 2009

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Sharon Salluzzo

After describing what an astronomer does and how to become one, the author presents brief one-to-four page biographies of nine important astronomers. They are Hypatia of Alexandria, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Caroline Herschel, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Carl Sagan, Margaret Geller and Sandra M. Faber. The chronological presentation allows the reader to follow the advancement of discoveries and the inventions that have made the discoveries possible. Facts are stated in a straightforward informational style. There are little sidebars entitled, "Did You Know?" that add interesting tidbits of information. For example, "Did You Know? Galileo taught himself how to grind the lenses for his telescope." There are other sidebars in black that summarize Galileo's legacy and Newton's Laws of motion; that talk about the Columbia and Challenger space shuttle missions and suggest ways for the reader to view the night sky. Part of the "Mission.Science" series, this also includes an alphabetical quick reference guide to the nine astronomers, a glossary, an index, a timeline, a bibliography and how to find information on the Web through FactHound. Photographs, paintings and drawings all add further information except for the action photo of the roller coaster, which is very blurry and has no caption to explain its connection to Newton's Laws. Otherwise, this is a serviceable introduction to astronomers and astronomy.

August 1, 2009