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Books

The Little Dipper
Stephanie True Peters, 2003, Powerkids Press, ISBN 082396163X
With large print, beautiful images and illustrations, and text replete with fun facts and historical background, Peters offers children ages 812 an entertaining overview of skymapping, star calendars, the Little Dipper, and Polaris.

Star and Planets
Ian Ridpath, 1998, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, ISBN 0789435217
In this thorough field guide for adult and young amateur astronomers, Ridpath offers easy-to-read star charts and photos, a solar system primer, and a constellation catalog. Also provided is a month-by-month night sky guide that serves as a visual reference for understanding the movements of the circumpolar stars and the zodiac constellations throughout the year.

The Big Dipper and Polaris were important guides for slaves navigating their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad in the years before and during the Civil War. Songs about the “Drinking Gourd” (Big Dipper) were used by slaves to communicate directions north to freedom.Why the North Star Stands Still and Other Indian Legends
William R. Palmer, 1973, Zion Natural History Association, ISBN 0915630125
In this collection of charming Paiute Indian legends that tell of the creation of all living things and why they behave the way they do, Palmer shares the story of how Negah, the ram, became the North Star. Great as read-alouds, these tales impart life lessons that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun
Janice VanCleave, 1997, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN 0471159816
Stargazers ages 10–15 explore the apparent daily movement of the circumpolar constellations and learn about Polaris in several fun activities.

Earth, Moon, and Stars Teacher's Guide (from Great Explorations in Math and Science)
Cary I. Sneider, 2001, Lincoln Bergman, and Kay Fairwell, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, ISBN 0924886056
In this practical guide for teachers of children ages 10–13, there are directions for how to make and use Star Clocks, how to locate the Little and Big Dippers and Polaris, and a good explanation of circumpolar star movement.

The Stars: A New Way to See Them
H. A. Rey, 1973, Houghton Mifflin Co., ISBN 0395081211
Rey's book is a classic, comprehensive guide for stargazers of all ages and has been called the best book available for its purpose. It is written in an easy-to-understand format with appropriate illustrations and examples. Rey offers a clear, vivid text with charts, maps, and descriptions of the constellations, along with several references to and information about the Pole Star.

Because they are so useful for finding the North Star, the two stars that form the side of the Big Dipper and point to Polaris are known as the Pointer Stars — Dubhe and Merak.Starwatch: A Month-By-Month Guide to the Night Sky
Robin Kerrod, 2003, Barron's Educational Series, Quarto, Inc., ISBN 0764156667
Kerrod provides readers of all ages (particularly those ages 10–15) a beautifully illustrated , user-friendly book that prepares stargazers to locate objects in the night sky throughout the year, including Polaris and constellations.

More Universe at Your Fingertips
Jeanne Bishop, 2000, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
This addition to the original Universe at Your Fingertips offers a section on star finding and constellations, and Earth's revolution, and the zodiac. This selection is a useful resource for classroom teachers, offering a hands-on activity for students and a clear explanation of the zodiac constellations and the reason they appear to traverse the night sky during the year. Order by phone, 1-800-335-2624, or online.

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May 21, 2007