The Skies Above My Eyes

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Pub Date 28 Aug 2018 | Archive Date 16 Oct 2018

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Have you ever looked up and wondered what's going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book.

Zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, to satellites, hang-gliders, and hot-air balloons. Discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. The follow up to The Street Beneath My Feet, which dug down to the center of the Earth, this expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive length of over 8 feet, perfect for inquisitive young minds.

Begin your journey from the sidewalk of a busy city. Look up beyond the traffic lights, utility wires, and skyscrapers. Unfold the connected pages to reveal the incredible man-made sights that you would see 12 miles above (a weather balloon), 30 miles above (a rocket blasting a capsule into space), 62 miles above (a space plane and satellites), 250 miles above (the International Space Station), 235,000 miles above (the Moon), and through our Solar System.

Turn to the top of the other side to make your way beyond the Solar System to the hundreds of billions of galaxies filled with stars and planets we haven't discovered yet. Then start your journey back down through the amazing natural wonders you would see 6,200 miles above (a comet), 55 miles above (meteoroids burning up as they enter Earth's atmosphere), 7 miles above (a cumulonimbus cloud bringing thunder and lightning), 1 mile above (migrating storks), and down through the mountains, past trees, bats, and butterflies to finally reach the ground again—this time in a grassy clearing of a forest, where you can imagine yourself lying on your back wondering at the thought of the whole universe above your head.

From jet trails to comets' tails, enjoy amazing sights as you journey through the skies.

Explore even more of the world with The Street Beneath My Feet (March 2017) and The World Around Me (October 2020), companion books from the Look Closer series.
Have you ever looked up and wondered what's going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in...

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Wonderful illustrations and a plethora of easy to understand facts about the sky above our heads and what's in it. Insects, birds, astronauts o the ISS, the moon, comets and more.

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This is a good book to add in the STEAM collection for children. A very colorful and interesting book for children from 5 to 9 years old. The subjects can be used for a sciences class or for general education. Nice work!

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The Skies Above My Eyes is a great book filled with facts about all the stuff that's over your head ;) Starting with describing things like sky scrapers in a city, and then moving slowly further and further away from the Earth's surface, this book describes what you will see at each level of "the sky".

I love how detailed some of the images are, with lots of different things going on in the scene and tons of accompanying fact bites. I know some little ones who could spend a very long time poring over each of those pages.

Other pages were on the dark side, making them more difficult to read. I would prefer to see more contrast when reading, especially when the target group is new readers.

Overall, though, this book is sure to be a hit with kids who love learning facts.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures for providing me with a DRC of this book.

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This illustrated book includes so much information that it will be read and re-read by young folks interested in science and the skies. The book starts by encouraging readers to observe what they see when they look up into the sky; for example, they may see those in apartment buildings or window washers or lightning rods on tall buildings. The author then has readers see what there is by going higher and higher before back down to earth. So...there are airplanes, space stations, galaxies, etc. and on the way down clouds, birds and so on. The illustrations are engaging and add to the fun of the facts. This book seems like a great way to encourage young readers and their adults to observe and learn more about their world.

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A very compelling and interesting way to look at the sky and those creatures and machines that help us live our daily lives. A ton of information that will require many reads to fully retain.

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This is an excellent introduction to the concept of the levels of "Up" there are. From the sky above our heads, all the way out into the outer areas of the solar system, and then back down again.

And, if I learned something from reading this, I'm sure others will as well.

Simply told, by looking up and up, and talking about each layer of the earth's atmosphire, and on into the outer regions.

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Good addition to any home or library. A good introduction to easy to understand science.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

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This book was amazing and I will read it again with my daughter. It was informative and the illustrations were beautiful. It is a great book for children to learn more in a fun, interesting way

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The cover made me think this would be about astronomy, but it stays on Earth, at least in the beginning, urging the reader to look up whenever they’re outside. From there it indeed goes higher and higher, all the way to the edge of the solar system, before literally returning to Earth, checking out things like clouds and birds that were missed on the way out.
Educational in a fun way, well-written, but the background is incredibly full and distracting. It seems to all be in shades of blue. It brings an artsy side to science, but it might be too much at once.
3.5 pushed up to 4/5

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Beautiful images are accompanied by an explanation of the things “up there” for children. We talk about space often to children, but it can be hard for them to figure out where that is exactly. Through this book, starting with things they can see above them and then building up to further distances it makes the concepts more accessible to the kids reading it!

Thank you NetGalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review,

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The Skies Above My Eyes by Charlotte Gullain is a non-fiction book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This is a very clever and gorgeously illustrated book. The book starts out asking the reader to look up and asks the reader to note the things in the sky close to them, then farther away, then farther, then farther... on up to the last planets in our solar system. Then it follows an asteroid back down, all the while teaching the different layers of the atmosphere, planets, asteroid belts, and more. It follows it all the way back down to the little girl that is still looking up but now to things that are much closer. Very clever. The illustrations are busy, bright, imaginative, and will keep the most restless reader reading and interested. Clever all the way around!!! Learning and they get the wonder of the sky and beyond, delightful!

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"The Skies Above My Eyes" brings children's imagination to the next level. By drawing our eyes up, the illustrations bring readers "to see" the world beyond what we human eyes perceive. Layer by layer, from street signs to the top of skyscrapers, from airplanes to rockets, readers travel from earth to space then gradually back to the land. The entire concept of the book is carefully planned; it definitely helps young children to build a concrete understanding of depth from our spherical earth to the space beyond.

This little book covers an array of topics- space science, some earth science, few animals habitats/migrations and enough interesting tidbits of random knowledge. This is a fun book packed with quality materials. Parents and educators should check this awesome book out for their youngsters.

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This is a nicely illustrated book about looking up into the skies. It goes through showing earth and skyscrapers, and towers on top of buildings. Then goes to space and satillites and spacecrafts. To the moon and planets and deep space. Then comes down again to mountains, balloons, gliders back down to earth and the ground. This is just enough to keep a child entertained and learn something about space and more. I recommend this book for 5-7 yr olds.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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An unusual nonfiction picture book, The Skies Above My Eyes, by Charlotte Gillian, is a creative and artistic look at the world above us. Starting close to us and moving all the way into outer space and back, with factoids along the way to inform the reader about everything from the Kuiper Belt to monarch butterflies, this book takes the reader on a delightful journey.

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A beautifully illustrated romp into the skies above. The book directs our gaze upward and highlights the amazing features travelers would encounter as they move upwards. Interesting, detailed informative illustrations help bring the text alive. A book to read and revisit.

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Review: Kid friendly, fun illustration and facts. Good book to put in with other STE(A)M book collections in classroom or at home.

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A wonderful adventure from Earth to the outer reaches of the Solar System and back again! Full of colourful pictures and intriguing facts this book has something for every child. From facts about how high planes fly to the difference between cosmonauts and astronauts, the distances of each of the planets from the Earth, and the spiders that parachute above the world.

I loved this book and it's one I'm sure I'll come back to time and again, there's so much more to learn from it!

I'll be recommending this to classes in school exploring a space topic and to the children who have an interest in space, birds, and transport! There's something for everyone!

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This book is such a beautiful book for all little kids to get curious about what's above our eyes!

Without a doubt, I loved the concept of this book - how it starts from down and goes up, so does the way you read the book and then it changes! The art is really colorful, yet informational and fun at the same time. The text begins as a poem until you realize it is full of scientific information (they do need a bit more research though, I did not notice many mistakes but there are a few).

It is about animals, about humans, about the Earth, about the sky, about the planets and the stars, about the Universe... it's a book about everything above our eyes!

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Have you ever wondered what is going on up above your head in the sky? Go for a ride through the sky you can see and then into outer space. This simple kids book gives some great explanations to what we can see, and what we cant! Great for kids between the ages of 5-8.

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This is a great book with lovely illustrations. I read it myself first then with my children they are aged 9 and 11. They both really enjoyed it.

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An adventure ascending high and higher into the atmosphere

With attractive illustrations we take a trip through the heights and back, Charlotte Gullan invites us to observe and learn everything we can see if we look up our heads, buildings and beyond. Ascending higher and higher along the Troposphera and beyond towards Stratosphera, we note that due to the use of technology we can find human activity. Also very high in the sky there is also the presence of amazing species of migratory birds and insects and can learn about the kinds of clouds we found.

But the adventure does not end there, because humanity is capable of traveling in space rockets beyond 62 miles above Earth where space begins. Here we find the satellites and the amazing International Space Station where cosmonauts live for months. And since we're here, Charlotte teaches us some facts about the Moon, the planets of the solar system, stars and comets.

My sincere appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book

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I loved the illustrations in this book, but there's too much copy to keep the interest of the target audience.

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