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The planet gods

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By Brenda Williamspoet

Use a beautiful picture book to combine space with storytelling

Illustration of a Moon

The Planet Gods by Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit (Frances Lincoln, £6.99 PB) is 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.

Activities

  1. Exploring the book
  2. Creating a kenning
  3. Solar system summit
  4. Calligram creation
  5. The Moon
  6. Articulating choices
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