The planet gods : myths and facts about the solar system

by Mitton, Jacqueline.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 523.2 Mit
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 523.2 Mit
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Following previous collaborations about the constellations, Zoo in the Sky (1998) and Once Upon a Starry Night (2004), artist Balit and astrophysicist Mitton revise and update their book Kingdom of the Sun (2001) with this beautifully illustrated offering about space. This time the focus is on the the solar system and the mythology that planets have inspired through the ages. The British import's poetic text combines up-to-date facts (the listing of planets includes the recently reclassified dwarf planets of Pluto, Eris, and Ceres) with fanciful entries, written in the voices of the celestial bodies: My rings are shoals of countless scurrying moonlets, casting a multicolored girdle about my belly, says Saturn. The elegant language will be a challenging, welcome surprise to readers accustomed to dry, straightforward accounts, although some students may need help understanding the meaning of a few poetic references. Luxuriously patterned and gilded in gold, the accompanying images depict each planet with its namesake classical god. Additional spreads offering more facts about astronomy and mythology complete this creative, cross-curricular title that will draw browsers and pleasure readers with its bright, bold pages.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Gods, Roman -- Juvenile literature.
Goddesses, Roman -- Juvenile literature.
Mythology, Roman.
Solar system -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :National Geographic,2008
Contributors Balit, Christina.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN 9781426304491 (Reinforced library ed.)
1426304498 (Reinforced library ed.)
9781426304484 ( trade pbk. ed.)
142630448X ( trade pbk. ed.)
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