The Planet Gods by Jacqueline Mitton


The Planet Gods by Jacqueline Mitton

A child's introduction to the planets in our solar system, written by a lecturer on astronomy. Dr Jacqueline Mitton describes each planet, drawing on scientific information. She also discusses the gods that the planets are named after, and examines the relationships between the contemporary facts and the ancient myths. Punctuated by Christina Balit's illustrations, this volume draws on the ancients' fascination with the universe to offer an exploration of the planets. Now updated with the latest facts and figures about the Solar System including dwarf planets.


A beautifully blended story of facts and legends about our solar system. It will easily satisfy the needs of a child's enquiring search for truth about our planets, while simultaneously offering a delightful and lyrical exploration of the myths surrounding them. Each planet is personified as a legendary god and narrated in the first person, giving it a voice that encourages children to empathise with its characteristics and understand its place in the solar system. Junior Education This book is a beautiful object in its own right and is sure to stimulate a healthy interest in astronomy in any youngsters who read it. Sky at Night A wonderful picture book and a great resource for youngsters

About the Author

JACQUELINE MITTON holds an MA in physics from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. A distinguished writer on astronomy, She has had more than 20 books published. Asteroid 4027 was named 'Mitton' for Jacqueline and her husband, the astronomer Simon Mitton, by the International Astronomical Union in 1990. Her books for Frances Lincoln include Zoo in the Sky, Once Upon a Starry Night, The Planet Gods, and Zodiac. Jacqueline lives in Cambridge. Christina Balit was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction. To learn more about Christina Balit click here

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

6th November 2008



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