The Thing to Remember about Stargazing

The Thing to Remember about Stargazing
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  • Sonia Maria Luce Possentini
Publisher Name
Tilbury House Publishers
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Release Date
October 03, 2023
A picture-book ode to stargazing with an underlying message of awe for the wonders of nature.
What is the most important thing to remember about stargazing? When to do it, who to do it with, what to look for? It’s none of those! This picture book’s spare, lyrical text offers many possible ways to do stargazing: with a friend, with family, or alone; on a moonless night, or with a full moon, or even with some clouds; on the beach, lying in the grass, or standing on a snowy hill. There is only one rule of stargazing, which is saved for the end, and that is just to do it! Magical illustrations show polar bears, whales, and other animals stargazing too, and in the final illustration, diverse kids and animals gaze at the night sky together. Back matter about the constellations completes this bedtime story with its underlying message of love and respect for nature. color throughout

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Stargazing is a beautiful activity for children to do outside and to get them off their electronics. But the conditions have to be just right. It can't be too cloudy and of course it has to be night time, but the stars are visible no matter where you choose to gaze from. The best place though is to find a patch of flat ground to lay down on so you don't strain your neck looking up too long. On a clear night, you can even pick out each constellation.

THE THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT STARGAZING is a celebration of how wonderful and magnificent the stars are. The people in the pictures are painted portrait style and while the stars are beautiful, my daughter found the children a little creepy. The illustrations are inclusive with children of different races and shows that stargazing is an activity anyone can do. At first, I thought this was going to be more of a "how to" book, but as I read it, I realized it's more of a poetic take on stargazing. It's obvious how much the author loves stars, and this book can be used more of a tool to encourage children to try it out.

In the back of the book, there's a section called "The Stars in Our Eyes" and it teaches children a bit more about some constellations. It talks about how even though the constellations have names, you can still match-up stars and come up with unique pictures of your own. Even come up with a fun name to go along with them.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to parents who want to share a memory with their children or for those who just love the stars. After reading this book, my daughter wanted to go outside and try it out. It was a memory we can share over and over that also doesn't cost any money.
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