Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery

Pluto s Secret An Icy World s Tale of Discovery 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

  • Title: Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery
  • Author: Margaret Weitekamp David Devorkin Diane Kidd National Air and Space Museum
  • ISBN: 9781613124963
  • Page: 101
  • Format: ebook
  • 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, including its recent reclassification Includes a glossary and bibliography.

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    1. This was really well done! It is bright and attractive and presented in a great way: Pluto has a SECRET. What kid isn't going to be somewhat intrigued by a secret? It was really well done, with mention of how some people got upset when Pluto was not a planet anymore but Pluto wasn't upset because people still hadn't learnt its secret. The secret was that Pluto had "friends" it played with in what is now called the Kuiper Belt. There is a great line where Pluto explains to people that it isn't up [...]

    2. How is it that if a person is from Kansas that information always happen to be left out? Are we teaching kids that they should be ashamed of Kansas because that is what I am picking up on in books and articles I have read. This book mentions that Lowell was from Boston, Burney from England, yet Thombaugh has no location listed just the fact he was hired at the observatory in Arizona. If you are going to include locations for important people include all of them. I did like how they talked about [...]

    3. Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery, written by Margaret A. Weitekamp with David Devorkin and illustrated by Diane Kidd, is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.Pluto's Secret is an entertaining, informative, accessible introduction to studies of Pluto, long-believed to be the ninth planet in our solar system. This book takes a look at Pluto's initial discovery, as well as the circumstances that led to its "demotion" to dwarf planet status.As someone who grew [...]

    4. Quick! Let’s name all of the planets in the solar system. If Pluto is not mentioned: Did you know there used to be 9 planets instead of 8? Pluto is an icy world on the very edge of our solar system, and it used to be considered a planet. In fact, I learned that Pluto was a planet in school, and it wasn’t that long ago. Now, Pluto has lost its rank. It is not a planet anymore, and this is the story of why. At first, I was very upset about Pluto. All these years, my teachers were lying to me! [...]

    5. 1. Through our reading we have learned about all of the planets. How many have we learned about? (Student Input) Right, we have learned about all 8 planets. But if you asked me when I was your age how many planets there were, I would have said 9. I would have told you all of the planets we have learned about – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. What other “planet” would I have listed? (Student Input) I would have told you that Pluto was a planet! When I was [...]

    6. Unique informational book from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum about the discovery of Pluto, how it was named, and later was not considered a planet. Readers will learn a great deal about the mysteries surrounding Pluto as well as the astronomers who have studied it. Illustrations are fun and cartoon-like, giving Pluto its own personification. Text is easy to understand and there are contextual clues as to the meaning and pronunciation of some vocabulary. Includes endpapers with; p [...]

    7. 4.5A great picture book that covers the rise and fall of the beloved planet Pluto. It discusses how and when Pluto was found, and what precipitated the decision to downgrade Pluto to a "dwarf planet." In the end, there's a bit of propaganda because Pluto is totally happy being relegated to a new planetary class. When I think about it, the idea that children learn the solar system has 8 planets still blows my mind. The idea that Pluto is at best a footnote in today's science textbooks is just cra [...]

    8. Great non-fiction for kids, and especially us adults who grew up with Pluto as a planet, giving an easy explanation as to why it was demoted. The fun font and cartoon illustrations help diffuse the difficulty of the material, with definitions in parenthesis instead of a sidebar or caption, which might be a distraction for some non-fiction fans, but it does help the information read more like a narrative, matching the font and illustration style. I was pleasantly surprised to see the photographs [...]

    9. Fans of Pluto will be delighted with this book, which describes how the former planet was first discovered, identified as a planet, and then removed from that categorization. It turns out that Pluto has a secret--you'll have to read the book to find out what it is--and that it helped astronomers determine what a planet is. In addition to the playfully-written and -illustrated story of Pluto, the back matter includes photos of the individuals and telescopes involved in Pluto's story. Young reader [...]

    10. Whimsical illustrations and background information about the discovery and naming of Pluto make this a great addition to a solar system collection. An explanation as to why Pluto was removed from the list of planets helps readers grasp the definition of a planet. The authors help young readers by providing definitions and pronunciations of unfamiliar terms, as well as adding actual photographs, a glossary, and "Who's Who" at the back of the book.

    11. An excellent nonfiction picture book describing Pluto's reclassification to a dwarf planet. Good news: He is not upset at all by this development! This book is written in a style that will engage students in learning about astronomy and Pluto. The extensive back matter (including real photos, a who's who, glossary, suggested reading, bibliography, index and note from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum) will help answer their many wonders and send them off to learn more.

    12. I love this book as a way to teach the nature of science (that science is open-ended, tentative, subject to change in light of new evidence, etc). It has adorable illustrations and a perfect amount of historical detail. I really hope the IAU doesn't change Pluto's classification back to a planet and make this book obsolete!

    13. A good explanation of how Pluto was discovered and why it was demoted as a planet. Accessible language, glossary, index, suggested reading, and photos of people mentioned in the book. A good addition to solar system collection.

    14. Liked it Learned a lot an animated Pluto contributed to the story. Back matter filled with information. I think I finally understand the Pluto "scandal." :-)

    15. I really enjoyed this story about why Pluto is no longer a planet. Easy to read, but very informative text will engage any scientific reader in understanding this distinction.

    16. A short, accessible review of Pluto's discovery, new status, and most recent developments. Ends with a who's who and a glossary.

    17. Reading this book to Benjamin helped me to appreciate the history behind Pluto's discovery and why the decision was ultimately made to declassify it as a planet. Thanks, I needed that!

    18. Pairs well with The Planet Hunter: The Story Behind What Happened to Pluto. We are studying the Earth, Sun and Moon and my students had a lot of questions about the planets and Pluto. While that isn't technically part of what I am supposed to teach, I wanted to share the answers to some of their questions. So we read Pluto's Secret and The Planet Hunter. Pluto's Secret shows Pluto (looking kind of like a cookie, or that's what my students all though) explaining the history of his discovery and t [...]

    19. This is a gem of a science book for children. Written at the level of the early elementary school student, it tells the basic tale of the discovery of Pluto, why it was first considered a planet and then why it was demoted. The most interesting point is that the demotion was a consequence of an emerging scientific consensus as to the definition of a planet. It is amazing to learn that it was not until 2006 that a convention of astronomers met and concluded that Pluto was not a planet.If you are [...]

    20. Hmm. There were a couple of nagging problems with this book. First is the way the anthropomorphism was executed. While I have no problem with the authors turning the planet into a cartoony character with a secret to tell (a retro 1960s planetarium sort of thing), the character's imagined dialog with scientists twists the logic. The whole book is based on the idea that Pluto was 'hiding the secret' that it wasn't a planet from scientists for decades, when really this was more about the emergent n [...]

    21. Age/Lexile Level: 8-10 yrs / 770LLength: 40 pagesSummary: With the help of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Pluto's Secret brings life to this icy world. From its discovery to looking into the future when New Horizons will visit Pluto, this book discusses the intrigue people have had with Pluto across the ages. This non-fiction picture book shows how scientists are constantly having to rethink about our understanding of the universe and the things in it.Recommendations or Comments: [...]

    22. Another book to use when teaching the solar system. It explains why Pluto is no longer a planet and describes the criteria for something to be considered a planet. It discusses who originally discovered Pluto. It also talks about the eight planets in our solar system.

    23. Curricular Tie: ScienceExplanation: This is the story about Pluto. At first it was a Planet X, then it was Pluto, finally it wasn't a planet after all. This book gives a detailed account of Pluto and it's history. It would be a great addition to any science lesson on the solar system and the planets, and non-planets. So many books on the solar system give very little information about Pluto. This one is all about the interesting little ice ball. Rationale: First of all, it is up to date. It does [...]

    24. 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 informa [...]

    25. The fascinating story of the mysterious Pluto, the used-to-be ninth planet of our solar system. The sketchy illustrations aren't heavy weight, but this little book contains some interesting facts that are easy for a five year old to assimilate. Even I learned some things in the process, as things like the Kuiper Belt had not been discovered back when I went to school. This is the story about how Pluto was discovered, why it is different, and why it was finally demoted from it's planet status. I [...]

    26. This illustrated nonfiction book describes the discovery of Pluto and it's recent designation as a nonplanet. The story is clearly told with easy-to-understand sentences and logical explanations. Perfect for elementary school students learning about the solar system. Elementary school students will like that the name Pluto was suggested by a schoolgirl. I wish that the book had a facts summary at the end; I would have liked information about Pluto's size, rotation, orbit, distance from the sun, [...]

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