Sunday Morning Coffee - What We See in the Stars

Meg Salvia

3.5 Stars

November 29, 2017

This is a beautiful book, and I wasn’t sure if I was more excited to flip through it for myself or to keep it on hand for my daughter (and now, also, my son) as they grow up. While I really enjoyed reading the book, it’s much more of a visual experience, and I didn’t spend a ton of time with the actual material. Ultimately, I envision What We See in the Stars taking a space alongside D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and Mizielinska’s Maps as beautiful reference books my kids will read.

The focus of the book are the descriptions and drawings of constellations in the night sky, including reference information and background details on the origin stories of the constellation names. What I was surprised (and delighted by) was the additional material Oseid included on modern constellations as well as the planets in the solar system. There was so much more information than just a summary of constellations. One of the minor bummers was that the descriptions of the constellations didn’t include information on locating them in the sky or indicate which ones could be seen from different points in the world. A bit of detail on locating the constellations would make this book more of a helpful reference. As it stands, its a gorgeously illustrated and interesting book.