The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System

The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System

by Jacqueline Mitton, Christina Balit
     
 

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With the addition of Ceres and Eris to our solar system, every library, school, and space-gazing, mythology-loving kid needs an updated look at the planets and the gods they represent. The Planet Gods is that volume: a new, reliable guide to the exciting recent developments in the world of astronomy from the experts here on planet Earth.

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With the addition of Ceres and Eris to our solar system, every library, school, and space-gazing, mythology-loving kid needs an updated look at the planets and the gods they represent. The Planet Gods is that volume: a new, reliable guide to the exciting recent developments in the world of astronomy from the experts here on planet Earth.

Distinguished astronomer and writer Dr. Jacqueline Mitton takes us on a fascinating tour of the planets of our Solar System, taking into account all the latest reclassifications of the heavens. A lyrical, poetic text explores the features of the planets and compares them to the gods of old who are their namesakes. Though many of the planets were named long before we had good scientific information about them, Mitton draws readers attention to some amazing coincidences. The veiled goddess Venus lends her name to a cloud-shrouded planet. The blue, stormy planet Neptune is named for the god of the sea.

The Planet Gods brings together for the first time the myths and truths of space science. Christina Balit’s sparkling magical illustrations, highlighted with metallic ink, make this a fantastic gift book, which will enthrall children of all ages.

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
More than two thousand years ago, the planets were named after the Greek gods and goddesses based on observed, planetary features. Although the Greek names of the planets were changed to their Roman equivalents and more planets were discovered, the similarities between the gods and their namesakes create an interesting mixture of mythology and planetary information. To reveal these connections, each planet shares its story, which is cleverly entwined with characteristics of the god and the factual information about the planet. For instance, Planet Mercury, the namesake of the messenger god known for his speed, blends its planetary features with words that form a picture of its quick orbit around the sun. This edition includes the dwarf planets, Ceres, Pluto and Eris (the original text was published under the title, Kingdom of the Sun). Along with the planets, Helios and Selene (the sun and the moon), tell their stories too. Working with each planetary story are the bold and rich colors of the illustrations, with their highlighted sparkle of gold. In the back of the book, there is a glossary and a chart with basic facts about the planets, sun and moon in terms of size and distance. Overall, this text provides a poetic and artistic perspective for a study about the solar system. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426304484
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/11/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Jacqueline Mitton holds an M.A. in physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. She works as a Public Relations Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in England. She is the author of several books for children including Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations. Asteroid 4027 was named Mitton for Dr. Mitton and her husband, astronomer Simon Mitton. She lives in England.

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