An outline of the material to be found in most astronomical text books, prepared as a means of cummunicating the author's enthusiasm to the general reading public, but somehow falling short of its purpose. The book is extremely superficial in its treatment of the various departments of astronomy. Giving the reader first a groundwork in light and gravitation, the book continues onto the sun and the planets -- rarely realizing the opportunities the use of the telescope brings within grasp. The discussions lack the personal touch that some who have lived with the stars can impart. Only the last two chapters are devoted to telescopes and their use, with practical hints for those who have access to them. The impression left by the book is that it has been composed from textbooks -- and not from observation and experience. There's nothing new offered, and it compares unfavorably with most other books in its field.