What We See in the Stars
A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more. Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features--such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets--as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.

What We See in the Stars Details

TitleWhat We See in the Stars
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherTen Speed Press
ISBN-139780399579530
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Science, Art

What We See in the Stars Review

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    We took a family trip to a planetarium last year. The boy child swears that I liked it the most of anyone in the family. (I totally did) But it did give us the 'want to know more' when it comes to looking up at the stars. I snatched up this book when given a chance.It has images of the constellations... With little tidbits about each.A section on the moon. The sun. The planets. Cute little guidebook!Booksource: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Do you remember looking up at the stars as a kid, being told that is Orion's Belt, Casiopea's Chair or that is the Big Dipper, and all you could see were stars, not the picture the names suggested. And when you looked at reference books, they weren't much better help.This book is for the kid in us, as well as kids today. It is so cool. Well researched, well documented, and lovely pictures, showing which stars are supposed to represent what parts of the constellation. There is also a little bit o Do you remember looking up at the stars as a kid, being told that is Orion's Belt, Casiopea's Chair or that is the Big Dipper, and all you could see were stars, not the picture the names suggested. And when you looked at reference books, they weren't much better help.This book is for the kid in us, as well as kids today. It is so cool. Well researched, well documented, and lovely pictures, showing which stars are supposed to represent what parts of the constellation. There is also a little bit of history, and what the brightest star is. This last bit is important, because depending on the light pollution in the area you are in, you might only be able to see the brightest star.Each major constellation is written about, both ancient as well as modern. But, wait, there is more. This book also covers the Milky Way, the Sun and the phases of the moon. The only failing is that there is not a large foldout start chart showing where to find all the stars, although that would be rather hard, because it is different depending where you are in the world.Highly recommend this book for classrooms, libraries and personal homes. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Sammm
    January 1, 1970
    A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Nostalgia Reader
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.First up: The illustrations in this are gorgeous. The short paint strokes and the various shades of blue really capture the depth of space. I can only imagine how awesome they will look on the printed page, especially if glossy ink/paper is used. Overall, the information presented in this book is an excellent introduction to the constellations, planets, and other aspects of our universe. I found myself constantly comparing it to H.A. Rey’s The Stars –much of the information here is si 3.5 stars.First up: The illustrations in this are gorgeous. The short paint strokes and the various shades of blue really capture the depth of space. I can only imagine how awesome they will look on the printed page, especially if glossy ink/paper is used. Overall, the information presented in this book is an excellent introduction to the constellations, planets, and other aspects of our universe. I found myself constantly comparing it to H.A. Rey’s The Stars –much of the information here is similar to what’s presented in Rey’s book, but Oseid’s presentation is a bit more simplistic and a better jumping off point for younger audiences.The book’s main selling point, the overview of constellations, are well done, but I had a few peeves with them. Each of the major constellations gets a page with an illustration of the constellation, and a brief rundown of the mythological story(ies) behind it and some mentions of deep space objects contained within the constellation. However, each constellation is presented by itself against a general background, with no other constellations surrounding it. Additionally, none of the deep space objects mentioned are pointed to in the drawing. It was also a bit odd that there was not even a sky chart overview, showing the constellations of both hemispheres, to at least provide some basic orienting. Northern and Southern constellations were also not distinguished in this section, which could be confusing for some readers.The rest of the book provides a general overview of each of the planets, meteors and asteroids and comets, and deep space. These sections provide excellent jumping off points for research about the topics–I know I would have loved this as a source when I did some Solar System reports in grade school!While I still prefer Rey’s book to this, this is an excellent “beginner Rey” book to give to younger kids, especially if they need a source for a report. It’s also just lovely to look at, so it would make a pretty companion to any astronomy shelf.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to review!(Cross posted on my blog.)
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really very good book, taking a lot of space science and stargazing, and presenting it in a very artistic way I would not have expected to enjoy as much as I did. Its focus is also very different to so many other books – for while it does define planets, meteors and so on for us, its bulk is taken with a survey of the entire collection of the constellations – not just the commonly known ones from the zodiac, but even all the piddly little ones. The fact this proves the people who came This is a really very good book, taking a lot of space science and stargazing, and presenting it in a very artistic way I would not have expected to enjoy as much as I did. Its focus is also very different to so many other books – for while it does define planets, meteors and so on for us, its bulk is taken with a survey of the entire collection of the constellations – not just the commonly known ones from the zodiac, but even all the piddly little ones. The fact this proves the people who came up with them must have been on some kind of drugs is neither here nor there – the connection between the shape of the stars and the shape seen to be defined by them is completely spurious more often than not – for at least we can understand what all the astral pictures are supposed to be of. This gives us a gentle, unforced look at the history of our space science – the people who were doing the stargazing and what they were thinking of, for example. In coming to a much different scale by the end – nebulae and exoplanets and so on – we bring ourselves up to date, but there's still no problem in the design being so deliberately hand-drawn. This proves you don't need an extensive NASA photo library to make such a book, and can instead present something for all ages to learn from with your own warm craft. Wonderful.
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  • Truly Trendy
    January 1, 1970
    What We See in the Stars is a beautifully illustrated hardback book with lovely shades of blue throughout. The front and back cover is gorgeous with lots of detailed images in different shades of blue and white. This book would be perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about constellations, planets, and other interesting facts about our universe. The constellations have a summary of the mythological story that help you to understand them better. Overall, I found this to be a fun read that wo What We See in the Stars is a beautifully illustrated hardback book with lovely shades of blue throughout. The front and back cover is gorgeous with lots of detailed images in different shades of blue and white. This book would be perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about constellations, planets, and other interesting facts about our universe. The constellations have a summary of the mythological story that help you to understand them better. Overall, I found this to be a fun read that would be perfect to take along on a camping trip or a lovely gift for a child that is interested in learning more about our universe.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September.How convenient that I've recently happened upon a telescope! This book contains Nordic sketchy Pointilist drawings alongside facts about astronomy (de Lacaille's tool-based constellations!) galaxy (a 'waxing' and 'waning' moon makes a little bit more sense now), and outer solar system (nebulas and two Pioneer crafts sent into deep space that carry engraved golden plaques). It all really instills a se What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September.How convenient that I've recently happened upon a telescope! This book contains Nordic sketchy Pointilist drawings alongside facts about astronomy (de Lacaille's tool-based constellations!) galaxy (a 'waxing' and 'waning' moon makes a little bit more sense now), and outer solar system (nebulas and two Pioneer crafts sent into deep space that carry engraved golden plaques). It all really instills a sense of wonder and awe, yet speaks at an approachable, contemplative level.
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  • Paige Etheridge
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to read up more on astronomy before diving more into astrology. I'm glad I did. Not only did I fulfill my wilderness prompt for the pop sugar challenge (space does count if you read the definition in the dictionary which I was so happy about) but I learned more of the stories of my Greek ancestors and thus the root to my own interest in the stars. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, but can be a tad confusing at times. I would have loved to see the constellations and asterisms I wanted to read up more on astronomy before diving more into astrology. I'm glad I did. Not only did I fulfill my wilderness prompt for the pop sugar challenge (space does count if you read the definition in the dictionary which I was so happy about) but I learned more of the stories of my Greek ancestors and thus the root to my own interest in the stars. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, but can be a tad confusing at times. I would have loved to see the constellations and asterisms in relations to the others. But really I learned so much.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are beautiful, those alone could be 5 stars. And they make you want to read the story they're telling.This is a great book for anyone but, of course, especially astronomy fans of any level and of any age. I can't say I'm a big fan of the subject (sorry mom!); but I do love mythology and the little tie-ins on the origins of the constellations was definitely my favorite part. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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  • Tasya Dita
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are mesmerizing and magical, but the formatting of the book kinda threw me off. It feels more like a text book rather than a light graphic novel. I think it might be better if it's made into a kind of story, like a parent-children or campfire story, which is what I expected from this book.
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  • Gooshe Net
    January 1, 1970
    "For most of human history, our understanding of the cosmos was based not on scientific evidence, but on our direct observations of the night sky as we gazed up at its sparkling, dark expense. To this day, the constellations are still useful to us Earth dwellers. They are a way for us to understand an incredibly complex 3D cosmos in two dimensions."
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This book is beautifully illustrated and also very informative. I expected it to be nice to look at, but I also learned lots of fun facts about the universe![Free ARC from Net Galley]
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    “What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky“ is a very enjoyable book for adults and kids alike that will take you on a journey across the night sky. It introduces the reader to the constellations, milky way, our solar system and other celestial phenomena with clear explanations about their behavior, interactions and mythological references.Explanations are short and sweet, just enough science to understand what we are talking about without dwelling too deep into it. Instead, “What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky“ is a very enjoyable book for adults and kids alike that will take you on a journey across the night sky. It introduces the reader to the constellations, milky way, our solar system and other celestial phenomena with clear explanations about their behavior, interactions and mythological references.Explanations are short and sweet, just enough science to understand what we are talking about without dwelling too deep into it. Instead, it focuses on old stories and the mythology that surrounds most things in space, which is something that kids, me and anyone else opting for the romantic side of space are more interested about. The simply explained terms, phenomena and mythological references make it a great choice as a first approach to astronomy for kids. It succeeds to keep the reader engaged instead of overwhelmed.The more than 100 illustrations are also informative and can be enough for keeping the attention of very young children while older ones can also learn from the explanations. I can see this book as one of those you get as a kid but continue enjoying over the years. I got my eARC from NetGalley
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