Pluto's Secret

Pluto's Secret

An Icy World's Tale of Discovery

Book - 2013
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People, children especially, have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Through whimsical artwork and an entertaining dialogue format, Pluto's Secret explains the true story of this distant world. Providing a history of the small, icy world from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification, this book presents a fascinating look at how scientists organize and classify our solar system as they gain new insights into how it works and what types of things exist within it. The book includes a glossary and bibliography.

Praise for Pluto's Secret
"Pairing a lighthearted narrative in a hand-lettered-style typeface with informally drawn cartoon illustrations, this lively tale of astronomical revelations begins with the search for Planet X."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"This picture book offers a fresh, positive perspective on Pluto, showing that its change of status is not a demotion but a correction. "
-- Booklist

"Light-hearted imagining of a gregarious Pluto."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fun reading... The book provides a factual history of our faraway 'dwarf,' and on its companion icy worlds, and on the discovery of Kuiper-like bands around other stars."
-- School Library Journal

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New York Public Library's annual Children's Books list: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2013
ISBN: 9781419704239
Branch Call Number: J 523 .4922 WEI
Characteristics: 39 p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Kidd, Diane
DeVorkin, David H. 1944-

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forbesrachel Jun 03, 2015

Pluto has a secret, and it has held onto it for a very long time. This is the story of Pluto's history, its mystery, its naming, and its demotion from planet. All the planets and moons are personified by both the illustrations and text; Pluto has a smug smile because it has a secret, and it talks to us, sometimes giggling at the wrong assumptions of astronomers, while at other times encouraging them. The text nicely sums up all relevant information, but there is quite a bit of additional information included in the back regarding the planets, scientists, and telescopes along with a list of resources for the curious. At times the pictures are unnecessary, but they do add a fun quality. Pluto's secret is equally entertaining and informative.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Once a planet, always a planet? Maybe not. Just ask Pluto.

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