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Stories among the stars

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Published on Oct 18, 2019

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Studying the sky, imagine that the stars hide their glows, the stories unforgettable, to tell you, remind you, and lean on them to orient themselves in the terrible darkness of the night. The stars were three of the first protagonists of the myths, or rather have been among the first to become the guardians of eternal of men, heroes, animals and objects that are unforgettable. Which were sometimes the only guides in the dread lone of the sea. And now? Have you ever enjoyed the view of the depth of the sky tufted of stars?

The two books of which we speak today are wonderfully complementary. Watching the stars Sara Gillingham has an approach which is informative, very clear and exhaustive: what are the constellations? What is an asterism? What are the best strategies to be able to read the sky? The constellations are listed and described according to the history that has made them be born: the constellations of the ancient divide their time between the zodiac and the myths and legends, the constellations of the contemporary that tell of people and animals and objects and symbols.

For each of them a double page in detail: Latin name, description, placement, indications for the identification and narration of the myth or legend that has shaped the face of heaven. In the appendix, a wide range of resources (books, curricula), and insights on astronomy, mythology. The structure summarized in this way, however, fails to give a good idea of the magnificence of this volume: the gold and the blue tones are interwoven in images and in texts that shine between the hands. The illustrations are reflected in: on the left you will find the constellation as it appears in the sky, from an isolated part, and then in the vault of heaven, to the right, to the whole page, incarnate, as the ancients may have imagined. The imagination comes to life, the stars acquire the charm that only the stories they know to embroider around people and common objects: Orion has never been so proud with his shield and sword, here are the Argo sail daring the sea of the sky, explained the sail and slips, and keeping a group of heroes that she take the name, the Argonauts.

The scientific texts are written in such a way to be precise and accurate, dry and essential: there is no research on variety and cards arise one after the other, similar and different between them.

The short narrative texts are short, but precise in the details; often accompanies the myth is the reason that the fact that the Greeks want to get back to that story in the sky (not all myths have a constellation!): "For the ancient Greeks, the [Cassiopeia ed.] the story was a warning: it is better to strive to be loveable rather than wanting to appear more and more beautiful".

Do not miss the open look on the vault of heaven in its reports: "fortunately, Orion has behind it in the sky its exposures Greater Dog and Smaller Dog to protect it".

For the constellations of the modern the birth in heaven corresponds for the most part to the discovery of some astronomer in the ‘600. The faces of heavenly change, they have stories of less famous and perhaps most personal, born from the suggestions of explorers and travelers, but are no less charming:

"The Hydra male, Hydrus the Latin, not to be confused with the other constellation dedicated to the Hydra, the serpent water. It was the astronomer Petrus Plancius to name this constellation, probably inspired by the sea snakes observed in the South seas, by the Dutch navigators".

At the end of the reading, which can be spots, but that you will see will be the integral (!), you discover something more of themselves (our culture has been shaped by the universe Greek), you'll want to go look at the stars and rintanarvi under the blankets to delve even deeper into those myths of which you had a taste.

And it is at this point that comes to your aid, The myths of the constellations, a collection of stories narrated by Daniela Palumbo and illustrated by Alessandra De Cristofaro. Ten stories written with passion and care. Prose is fluent and engaging, which chooses a fascinating part of the constellations of the sky to make small episodes made and interesting. The tone is breezy, typical of journalists, punctuation, and syntax broken to create a rhythm. The illustrations are accompanied with consistency and pathos of the words. A valuable and complete collection, ideal as a first long reading or shared as the first independent experiments for readers from 7 years of age.

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