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by Catherine Tennant

Download The Box of Stars: A Practical Guide to the Night Sky and to Its Myths and Legends ePub
  • ISBN 0821220381
  • ISBN13 978-0821220382
  • Language English
  • Author Catherine Tennant
  • Publisher Bulfinch Press (October 4, 1993)
  • Formats azw txt mobi lit
  • Category Math
  • Subcategory Astronomy and Space Science
  • Size ePub 1244 kb
  • Size Fb2 1185 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 872

For everyone who has gazed at the heavens and tried to pick out the constellations, each image on these colorful, oversized cards is pierced with tiny holes along the pattern of the constellation as it appears in the night sky in a magical interactive approach to mapping the cosmos.

The box that the book and cards come in is very sturdy and will hold up to lots of wear. Published on January 14, 2002.

The box that the book and cards come in is very sturdy and will hold up to lots of wear. It is not like the chintzy material that, for example, a Tarot deck would come in. It has a removable top, separate from the bottom, rather than tuck-in flaps.

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The box contains a booklet, two maps, Northern and Southern sky, and 32 cards with holes. All wonderfully illustrated. This set highlights the constellations and the historical myths about them. A little bit of astrology terms thrown in, but just a little. Great for kids, adults, astronomers, and (ahem) astrologers! Condition: almost new, some.

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Fecage
First - this item is amazing. It should include a beautiful box (as depicted), a little book, and 32 oversized cards with cut outs of the constellations so you can hold it up and see the star patterns through the pin holes. However, contact the seller first to make sure this is intact. I ordered it as a gift and only the little book was sent. I see feedback that someone else also had this problem. I emailed the seller and they replied quickly that they are part of Amazon’s “FBA” program and ship most of their inventory to their warehouse for fulfillment to the customer. This item in particular was one that was fulfilled through Amazon. After a lengthy call with Amazon I managed to get a refund and now need to reorder it. The item is amazing - just be sure to contact the seller first to make sure it's all there before you order it.
Marige
This is a beautiful set of cards and illustrations.

I don't have any children, but I think these would be ideal to read with children.
Amarin
I only got the book that came with it, not the cards. I am very disappointed.
Vichredag
I love the heavens and sharing it with my children. The one-card format with holes punched to mimic what we see of each constellation in the sky above is brilliant.
Lanin
I use these to teach astronomy. Love it!
Mildorah
GREAT PRODUCT
bass
great
I got this as the perfect gift for ME, but it really would make a wonderful gift for just about anybody. Who hasn't enjoyed gazing up at the diamonds in the sky and who hasn't tried to visualize the constellations? I love this set. I'm not an astronomer, I just love looking at the stars and I enjoy the myths about the characters that wheel above us in the starry heavens. This set contains a very well written 87 page guide book that is a quality paperback measuring 5 1/2" X 8", thirty-two cards that are slightly larger, and maps of the hemispheres. The book gives us the myth behind each of the constellations included in the set and also tells us about the major stars in each of the constellations, giving us brief scientific information as well as how to locate the constellation. It is not a professional astronomer's handbook, but is intended for the novice, and as such is excellent. The cards were invented by "a lady" in 1825 in London and were originally hand-painted. She called them Urania's Mirror. They are an original way to learn to recognize the constellations. Each card is pierced with tiny holes of varying sizes that glitter when held up to the light. These look like the constellations and give one an image to look for in the night sky. They are made of sturdy card stock and are colorful and have the abundant charm of 19th century map art. This is a super teaching aid and seems more "hands-on" and intimate than learning strictly from a book. The box that the book and cards come in is very sturdy and will hold up to lots of wear. It is not like the chintzy material that, for example, a Tarot deck would come in. It has a removable top, separate from the bottom, rather than tuck-in flaps. It is a deep indigo color with gold lettering, very attractive. It is meant to be a quality gift set that will last.