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The Planet Gods Myths and Facts About the Solar System ì PDF/EPUB

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 EarthDistinguished astronomer and writer Dr Jacueline 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

10 thoughts on “The Planet Gods Myths and Facts About the Solar System

  1. says:

    The Sun the Moon the eight planets in our solar system as well as three dwarf planets including Pluto are discussed in this non fiction book Accompanied by vibrant illustrations this book covers how names were chosen for these celestial bodies facts and attributes of each and the characteristics they share with their GreekRoman namesakesPublished by National Geographic this beautifully illustrated book devotes a two page spread to each celestial body This book differs from many non fiction books about the solar system in that the writing focuses on evocative images that helps the reader paint a picture of the planet and the godgoddess in their minds eye while at the same time presenting important factual information Text is printed on a white background in contrast to the energetic colors of Balit’s illustrations which pulse with fiery oranges and reds starry indigo blues and smoothly shiny gold accents The book begins with general information on when the planets were discovered and how they were named Back matter includes a one page glossary and additional facts about the sun moon and planets including their size average distance from the sun and number of moons The front endpapers feature the small planets and the back endpapers show the giant planetsAlthough this book is geared toward elementary school aged kids it can easily be used with the upper grades as well Full Review at Picture Book a Day

  2. says:

    This is a fascinating way of teaching the planets As Greek and Roman Mythology fans this was completely in our vernacular The story does a beautiful job of bringing the planets to life and connecting them man's early understanding of the heavens Highly interesting Well done

  3. says:

    Awful we did not care for this book at all Read for CC1 wk3 Roman gods

  4. says:

    Art work is fantastic It will keep a childs attention while an adult reads this book My opinion is that young children will think this is too long read over several days andor add curriculum that focuses on the planets for further discussion

  5. says:

    Gorgeous illustrations with short stories and histories of the planets The stories are a little too short for my liking but are excellent for kiddos A beautiful introductory book

  6. says:

    I absolutely loved this book I feel that this book could appeal to a broad range of readers who don't like traditional non fiction books First off what sold me was the illustrations The cover is beautiful and so is every page inside Watercolor and perhaps other paint mediums with gold metallic accents the illustrator did wonderful work The author blended information about GreekRoman gods and the planets named after them in a uniue and poetic way It has potential to be used in a science social studies or English class After the introductory page the story of each planet is written in first person which gives the book an interesting feel I probably would not use this book for read aloud with a whole class but with one or two kids it would be a nice book to share Especially with younger children the whole book doesn't have to be read all at once since it's not really a story however older students could definitely work through the whole thing The copy I checked out is labelled independent reader and I think it would be a great book for 2nd 3rd and maybe even 4th graders

  7. says:

    My favorite page is mars which is LIKE A FLAMING RUBY I burn in the night sky They call me the red planet Mine is the color for anger and danger the color of blood Mars is the name I share with the god of war Most feared of the gods he was furious and fickle He gloried in fighting and bloodshed Fear and terror were his constant companions They follow me too for my two tiny moons bear those names as the ancient Greeks would have said them Phobos and Deimos But in truth I am a small and unthreatening world My seasons come and go as on earth My only fury is the wind that blows wild and whips up rust red dust till it fills the thin air and billows for mile upon mile Travel back in time though and you would see me differently Towering volcanoes long since extinct are silent witnesses to my violent past Winding channels scar me where torrents of water once swept by But that was billions of years ago Dry shifting sand is all that moves on mars today

  8. says:

    Even after all my years of basic English and Science I had no idea that the planets were named after the Roman gods of mythology I based this book by its cover It was bright colorful and it shined with a golden hue Each illustration accompanying each planet's passage was marvelously drawn These illustrations put museum art pieces to shame The pictures in this book should be put on display instead

  9. says:

    In this book the reader learns the story behind the names of the sun moon and planets along with scientific insight into each of those entities Mythological names in Roman and Latin are mentioned as well as the mythological beliefs that were held for each solar system god and goddess A wonderfully drawn book with gold highlights that give it a royal feel A nice way to bring some warmth and depth to learning the solar system

  10. says:

    I bought two copies of this book one for my kid and one for my kid's school library I sort of want a third to cut out pages and frame them because the art is amazing Tattoo worthy illustrations with added shiny foil The pages contain mythology and science about the planets in eual measure The Stories about each are in bite sized pieces for even my very small children Bonus it includes Eris which is my daughter's name