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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' science. (Carousel)
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.
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