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.
About the Author
Jacqueline Mitton's interest in astronomy began when she was a small child and she had her first telescope as a teenager. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in physics, then obtained her PhD in astronomy at the University of Cambridge. In 1989 she became the Press Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society. She is the author or co-author of 16 astronomy books published since 1978, and writes for both children and adults. Her recent books include The Scholastic Encyclopedia of Space (with Simon Mitton, 1999), Pluto and Charon (with Alan Stern, Wiley, 1997 & 1999) and Zoo in the Sky (National Geographic, 1998).
Christina Balit is an acclaimed children's book artist noted for her ethnic style. Of British and Armenian descent, she spent her childhood years in the Middle East, which gave her first-hand experience of many of the cultures from which these stories are taken. Her books for Lion include The Lion Treasury of Tales and Legends and The Lion Illustrated Bible.