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Summary: In a fit of jealousy, Queen Hera turned Callisto into a bear, orphaning her son Arcas. Year later, when King Zeus saw that Arcas was about to shoot his mother/bear, he stepped in to save them both. This is a picture-book retelling of the classic Greek Myth about how the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor constellations came to be.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 2.5
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He listened to the story, but asked a lot of questions, particularly about the behavior of the adults. We were asked to reread the books several times, but after about three days, our preschooler lost interest.
Adult Reader Reaction: Having read this book will come in handy when our preschooler studies myths in school in the years to come. This was a simple presentation of the story that made an enjoyable repeat reading. We learned something, too.
Pros: The pictures help younger readers/listeners visualize some of the details of the story. It is a nice way to introduce an "old" story. Having the night-time sky with and without the lines helps teach stargazing.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: At a minimum, borrow. This is a nice story that introduces a little science in a way elementary-aged children can appreciate.
Educational Themes: You can bring the book to life by staring at the stars at night. When you match the story with the night-time sky, they're not likely to forget the lesson. You can also talk about mythology, legends and oral history.