Pluto's Secret

Pluto's Secret

An Icy World's Tale of Discovery

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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 dialog format, this book explains why this is so. 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 class 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013
ISBN: 9781419704239
1419704230
Branch Call Number: 523.49 We
Characteristics: 39 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Kidd, Diane
DeVorkin, David H. 1944-

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Pluto's discovery and labeling has been filled with conflict--is it a planet or not? And how was it discovered when it is so far away?


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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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