Once Upon a Starry Night

A Book of Constellations

By Jacqueline Mitton; Christina Balit (Illustrator)
National Geographic Society, Paperback, 9781426303913, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 13, 2009

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Description

National Geographic’s stunning rendition of the constellations’ glittering lightshow is now available in paperback.

Take an illuminating ride through the starry night sky, and learn how the heavens pay tribute to the gods of Greek and Roman mythology. Once Upon a Starry Night explains the ten ancient figures whose legends are written large across the universe. Every page shines with Christina Balit’s vibrant art, studded with shiny stars, and provides the perfect backdrop to Jacqueline Mitton’s poetic text.




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.



Praise For Once Upon a Starry Night

"...an enticing riot of color and detail" School Library Journal

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