Franklyn M(ansfield) Branley Benjamin W. Bova

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Benjamin W. Bova

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[The Christmas Sky is] a rather dry and conservative look at possible astronomical explanations for the "Star of Bethlehem". Personally, I find the astronomy too conservative in places, and the author makes argumentative statements without showing his evidence for them. In all, the book is a good example of what happens when you try to dissect a fairy tale.

Benjamin W. Bova, "'The Christmas Sky'," in Appraisal: Science Books for Young People (copyright © 1968 by the Children's Science Book Review Committee), Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring, 1968, p. 3.