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Saturday 19 December 2020

Review: Through the Night Sky

What happens at night in the sky? Mysteries are opened up to us in all their fascinating complexity in Through the Night Sky: a collection of amazing adventures under the stars.

It reveals the habits of nocturnal birds and animals, those that migrate with their departure timed by the Moon, the effect on the behaviour of animals and wildlife by solar eclipses, and the stars and planets in all their glory.

Night birds and living things that move at night, are many. Barn Owls, who mate for life, use the same nesting place every year.

Fireflies make light in their abdomen, where special chemicals mixed with oxygen cause a glow.

The Dung Beetle also works at night. It needs to travel in straight lines or else it will keep going in circles all the time. It can push 50 times its weight, using the light from the Milky Way to guide them.

Would you like to know about the magnificent about Baobab trees? These extraordinary, living beings flower once a year. (The book refers to the species in Madagascar of which there are six). When they do, after weeks of rains, they shed their leaves and are replaced by pods, which crack open when the sun goes down to reveal white flowers. Their smell signals lemurs, fruit bats and moths that it is feeding time.

(There is also an Australian Boab tree – Andansonia gregorii, found only in the Kimberley and Western Victoria River Region).

The Universe, its beauty and mystery are displayed through the planets, Northern and Southern Lights and all the brilliance of everything in between.

A stunning presentation in full colour with fantastic illustrations, is aimed at younger readers, dreamers, star gazers and night lovers, and those who find the Universe a spectacular and captivating area of interest.

Title: Through the Night Sky
Author: Anita Ganeri
Illustrator: Charlotte Pepper
Publisher: Penguin, $ 19.99
Publication Date: 3 November 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780241355459
For ages: 9+
Type: Non Fiction