Skygazing

£8.99

What do we see when we look up at the sky? It may seem like a big, empty space, but look closely, and for longer and we see how busy it is in fact.  From clouds and stars, to birds, planes and everything in between – there’s a whole sky to explore. Skygazing is a double-sided book full of incredible information on a huge range of topics.  It also suggest a range of fun activities, while presenting a series of beautifully illustrated scenes.

Discover why the sky is blue, early experiments in flight, and how helicopters stay aloft, before flipping the book to read all about the night sky. Find out how to read the stars, spot the night’s flying creatures and see the colours of the aurora borealis .  There is endless enjoyment and knowledge to be gleaned from this terrific, cleverly designed two-volumes-in-one book.

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Skygazing

Explore the Sky in the Night and Day

Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman

(Welbeck)

Skygazing is a fascinating non-fiction picture book, packed with a wealth of information.  It is ingeniously designed to be two volumes in one. The first half is about the sky during the daytime.. Here we discuss topics such as the hugeness of the Sky and why it is blue.  Furthermore, ancient beliefs are explored, including the idea belief that the sky was a solid dome, sitting on top of a flat earth. We also learn about weather systems and how rain, snow, sleet, hail and rainbows are formed.  The sun itself is also discussed, as well as natural and man made objects that will be seen in the sky – everything from clouds to hot air balloons.
Once the middle of the book has been reached, readers turn it upside-down and start again from the back cover.  Here they will discover further facts about the night sky. There are sections on the stars, lunar cycles, space travel and light pollution. Experiments and activities for are suggested throughout such as creating a cloud in a jar or launching a simple, handmade rocket.
The beautiful full-page artwork by renowned illustrator Kerry Hyndman is the perfect partner for Anna Claybourne’s lucid and enlightening text.  Perfect for use in home and schools, this unusual book will delight anyone who is interested in the many wonders which can be found above our heads.
Readers can further explore the marvellous art and illustration work by Kerry Hyndman at her own web site.

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