Astronomy for Young and Old

A Beginner's Guide to the Visible Sky

Walter Kraul; Translated by Christian Maclean; Illustrated by Dazze Kamerl

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Quick Look

  • Explains the visible constellations, then explores the sun, moon, planets, comets and meteorites
  • Packed full of colour illustrations and diagrams
  • Suitable in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and at all latitudes
  • A great introduction for children aged eight and up, or for adults of any age coming to astronomy for the first time

A perfect introduction to astronomy for people of any age, whether or not they have a telescope.

229 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Astronomy; Philosophy of the Natural World
120 colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 8 to 14 years
168 pages
Publication date:
20 Mar 2014


Astronomy, especially naked-eye astronomy, is a wonderful way for children and young people to engage with the world and universe around them. Many children quickly become fascinated with stars, planets and comets, learning skills that also help them develop generally.

This book is a perfect introduction to astronomy for any child, whether or not they have a telescope. It explains the visible constellations and then explores the sun, moon, planets, comets and meteorites. Colour illustrations and diagrams at every stage help children relate what they are reading to what they can see in the sky.

Suitable for budding astronomers in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and in polar, temperate or tropical latitudes (i.e., everywhere), this is an ideal introduction the wonders of stargazing.


'From the rotation of the Earth to a constellation map to an image illustrating the spring equinox, the images help this book truly stand out… Students will appreciate this book for both its simplicity and depth, and so will more than a few adults. Reach for the stars, and add this one to nonfiction collections.'
-- School Library Journal

'It is a clearly illustrated excellent introduction to the night sky... Beautifully coloured, clear diagrams are there for each topic and included are some stunning photographs of particular phenomena.'
-- New View

'Expressed in clear language, it is accessible to an older child or any beginner and is a valuable resource for teachers, parents or any enthusiast... The author and Floris Books are to be congratulated on such a first-rate introduction.'
-- New View

'This book is very readable as well as being interesting. It is a book to read and re-read many times and it would be an invaluable guide for anyone who wished to find out more about astronomy.'
-- Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin, Spring 2014

'The production, appearance, and layout of the book are superb. Stand-alone boxes on various topics complement the main narrative and most chapters have an additional summary box.'
-- The Observatory magazine


Walter Kraul taught maths and physics at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich, Germany. He runs a specialist toy company, Spielzeug Kraul.


Download a free worksheet to accompany this book, on How to Make Your Own Lunarium.

What's a Lunarium? Well, it's a brilliant but simple way to help budding astronomers understand the phases of the moon, and answer questions like -- why does the moon seem to follow you home? And why does it change shape?

Download your free worksheet.

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