A lyrical narrative voice (the voice of the Milky Way galaxy itself) is augmented by sidebars filled with amazing facts and insights about our galaxy, and by extension, our universe.
- Inspired by Tilbury House’s award-winning, Kirkus-starred book The Secret Pool (2013).
- A lyrical narrative voice (the voice of the Milky Way galaxy itself) is augmented by sidebars filled with amazing facts and insights about our galaxy, and by extension, our universe.
- Features Mike Taylor’s extraordinary night sky photography and breathtaking NASA images of the births and deaths of stars and galaxies.
- Combines a read-aloud bedtime story with accessible, scientifically accurate sidebar features.
- The perfect book for a budding stargazer or astronomer.
The Tilbury House Nature Book series brings the natural world to life for young readers. Each book aims for the highest standards of scientific accuracy and storytelling magic.
About the Author
Hodgkins is the author of How People Learned to Fly (HarperCollins, 2007), Andre the Famous Harbor Seal (Down East,
2003), Orphan Seal (ASPCA Henry Bergh
Children’s Book Award), and If You Were
My Baby (Moonbeam gold award).
Mike Taylor’s astrophotography has been featured on The Weather Channel,
NBC News, Viral Nova, Discovery.com, Yahoo! News, Space.com, Earthsky.org,
Spaceweather.com, and NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do you know what a galaxy is? And do you know what galaxy our solar system is in? A galaxy is a very large system of stars. Earth, the sun, and the other planets of our solar system are on one arm of the Milky Way galaxy, a huge disk-shaped spiral. Other stars in the Milky Way galaxy make up such constellations as Orion and the Big Bear. Do you know why it is called the Milky Way? Author Fran Hodgkins writes as if the Milky Way galaxy itself were telling its own story. In addition, each opening has sidebars filled with amazing facts and insights about our galaxy, including its stars, planets, nebulae, super novae, black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. There is a lot about the Milky Way that we know, but there are also many secrets. What happens inside a black hole? What exactly are dark matter and dark energy? And what will happen in our galaxy next? As a youngster, I was always fascinated by the stars, and I suspect that this is also true of most children. The book does talk about things that are said to have happened millions and billions of years ago, but, of course, there are many scientists who think in those terms. However, Mike Taylor's magnificent night sky photography and the breathtaking NASA images of the births and deaths of stars and galaxies help to make outer space come alive for readers. The Secret Galaxy, a Junior Library Guild selection, will be of interest to all students, but it will be especially useful for the budding stargazer or astronomer.