Item description for There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars by Bob Crelin & Amie Ziner...
Overview A bedtime story that celebrates the beauty of the moon and stars at night and discourages the use of outdoor electric lights, except when necessary, because they can waste energy and obscure the view of the nighttime sky.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 9" Height: 11.75" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Sky Publishing
ISBN 1931559376 ISBN13 9781931559379
Reviews - What do customers think about There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars?
It's okay. Apr 29, 2008
This book is a little juvenile, but well written. I only hope that those who read this to their kids take the necessary effort to escort them to a dark sky place (at any cost) and show them the real sky. Otherwise, what's the point?
Join the dark sky movement and help remedy this growing problem. Most people have never even heard the term "light pollution."
A Reminder: Sky Glow is Killing Our Imaginations... Mar 25, 2008
I love the whole idea of this book because it reminds people that, "Once upon a time," people did look to their night skies in awe, in wonder, in complete reverence. AND so profound was this effect, that minds were set in motion--ideas, arts, philosophies, religions, fantasies, stories, songs, adventures, inventions, hopes, dreams, faiths were born! The stars may not have been the author of human affairs; however, I would say that they were the muses, the inspiration.
This excellent book captures our modern dilemma: for all our light, we cannot see what is important and what is truly extraordinary and timeless. The illustrations of "There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars" are amazingly rendered, and they draw readers into the time before wicked sky glow begin to destroy our world, our living rhythms, and our imaginations. Crelin writes, "The Milky Way stretched overhead, once the Sun had retired to bed. Its soft cotton glow, like a river of snow, looked so close it could tickle your head." How can one not react to such sensational and yet personal imagery?
I especially like the "Points of Discussion" at the end of the story, which summaries the main lessons of the book: Viewing the Milky Way; the Problems of Sky-Glow; Environmental Considerations; Solutions.
This book is targeted at children; however, I believe it is of direct benefit to any age because of the awareness it creates. Truly, older folks have forgotten that There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars and what that simpler time meant to their development as human beings. Do we then wonder why our young people are restless or apathetic? Too much information and too much light showers down on them at such an early age... It's so sad to think of a city child locked into a concrete, man-made environment where he / she may see only one or two stars in the sky...at most, if even that!
Buy this book! Share with everyone that you know! Support changes to reduce light pollution in your own communities. Dark skies and imaginations are worth preservation.
Too Pretty... Jul 22, 2007
This is a beautiful book with an important message. The illustrations are gorgeous--that being the problem! My 3.5 year old daughter thinks that the illustrations with the "pretty lights" (the ones of the cities overloaded with too many lights--"light pollution" were prettier than the ones the writer meant to be the more important ones--the lovely night skies with the stars being the important "light"). No matter...this is still a favorite story of hers and I love it too. With my coaching, she's beginning to understand the message. Just lovely!
A timely and important environmental message Jun 1, 2007
Bob Crelin opens our eyes to the disappearing night sky due to light pollution. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, we are shown not only what we are missing in the heavens, but also how it can negatively effect plants and animals, too. The story follows children as they look at the wonders of the star filled dark skies. As the story moves into the more urban areas, the children wonder what happened to their beautiful sky that used to be full of stars. At the heart of this story is the message that we can save our night skies and return them to their former glory for all to see. By adjusting our outdoor lighting practices we can not only save energy, but our night sky, too. It should also be noted that a portion of the proceeds for this book are donated to the International Dark-Sky Association. This is a great message to pass on to our children, better yet is the example of setting this book into action, and aim those lights down!
A Tear to the Eye Dec 13, 2005
I'm not ashamed to say this book brought a tear to my eye. Wonderful illustrations. This is "must have" for your kid's bookshelf.