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About the Author

Dr. Jacqueline Mitton holds an M.A. in physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. She works as a Public Relations Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in England. She is the author of several books for children including Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations. Asteroid 4027 was named Mitton for Dr. Mitton and her husband, astronomer Simon Mitton. She lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142630448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426304484
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ellen w on July 4, 2010
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I love the way this book combined scientific information with mythology. My daughter is only 5 and even she got alot out of it. The illistration is beautiful and helps keep the attention of smaller children. I would recommend this book for children of almost any age, we all just loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Stakenas on April 16, 2012
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I bought this book for my Latin I students, and I love it. It is modern and has the current symbols on the skycharts for the planets imbedded into the artwork. It is clever, colorful, and accurate. I highly recommend this book for small children learning about the planets to special education students to general education students up to grade 9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Shannon on April 9, 2011
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I bought this book for my 8 year old grandson.He loves it and has learned a lot about the solar system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BSPAERO on December 16, 2013
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A wonderful way to explain the solar system & much more. I purchased this book for my grandson to accompany a globe that
had the earth during daytime & @ night projected the constlations on his bedroom ceiling. He is absolutly enthralled with the wonders of the planets & the stories that go with them. I highly recomend this book, I was interested as much as he, if not more.
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This is a stunningly and richly illustrated book, but the highlight for me is the wonderful language. Each of the planets speaks about itself and its relationship to classical gods, using rich vocabulary and interesting, quite complex techniques that remind me of the Anglo-Saxon riddles. A child or adult who is already familiar with either the planets or classical myth will get the most out of this.

It is challenging and interesting enough to intrigue adults, but the main audience is probably teenage children who have an interest in language and literature. I love it and my five-year-old loves to have it read to him even though a lot of the vocab is unfamiliar to him.
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