Surely, you’d like to know where the Earth ends, what surrounds the Earth, how far it is to the Moon and the stars, why the stars sparkle, why a ball you throw up always falls down, why it’s warmer in the Sun in summer, why the moon is round one day and crescent shaped another, and what other planets are there besides earth.
The answers to these and many other questions are contained in P. Klushantsev’s book All About the Telescope.
The first book that I read about astronomy was Pavel Klushantsev’s Story of Telescope, which was translated in Marathi and called दुर्बिणीची गोष्ट. This book is an introduction to the wonderful world of astronomy for small children and adults alike.
It is a very well illustrated book, with just the illustrations that all would like! The book was published by Progress Publishers in 1980. It was translated from the Russian by Jan Butler. The wonderful illustrations are by E. Voishvillo, B. Kalaushin, and B. Starodubtsev. The book was designed by Y. Kiselyov.
The book has following sections:
Where does the world end?
Why are the stars so beautiful?
Can the Sky be pierced?
What are the Sun and Moon made of?
What is everything in space supported by?
Why does the Sun rise and set?
Why is the sun hotter in summer?
Why is the moon a crescent?
What Is on the moon?
What are planets?
Can you land on Mercury?
What Will We See on Venus?
Are There Martians on Mars?
What are Jupiter and Saturn like?
When will people find out more about planets?
I will soon upload the details of the book in Marathi, I do not know if there are translations of this book in other Indian languages.
Update: There is also a Hindi translation of the book.
You can get the book here.
Thanks to gnv64 for the smaller file.