Authors: By Margaret Weitekamp with David DeVorkin,
illustrated by Diane Kidd, in association with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is a must have title for any school or home library. If a child you know has wondered about what Pluto really is and why it isn’t called a planet anymore, this book will completely answer their questions in an entertaining and whimsical way. Though if your child never knew Pluto was at one point called a planet, this is a great lesson in history to fill them in on everything that has come to pass to date pertaining to Pluto! This non-fiction picture book is geared toward children ages 5-9 years old though could even be enjoyed and understood by younger children as well.
My take on this book overall is an extremely positive one. The information alone is right on level for children to understand everything they need to know about Pluto! My daughter whom is nearly five years old and currently is fascinated with science and astronomy really enjoyed this book. And after reading it to her, I know the information stuck. She randomly comes up to me and reminds me of things we read and she learned. For instance she was telling me just the other day how cool it was that an 11 year girl came up with the name for Pluto and it was neat kids could do big important things like that and maybe she could one day too!
The illustrations in the book are fun, whimsical, and will no doubt capture the attention of visuals learners quite well. My kids loved that the planets, moons, and icy world had faces with plenty of character. Near the end of this story there’s a section titled “The People and Telescopes Behind the Story” and in this section, there’s actual photos of the scientist, the stars, and more that are taken from the historically accurate source. There’s also a “Who’s Who” area that gives a little more information about the planets and people mentioned in the book as well as helpful “Glossary” too.
Readers and educators will like that there’s a list of suggested reading, website, & journals for young people to continue their studies of the icy world and planets in the solar system! As a homeschooling mom of two, I’m completely and utterly impressed with this title and will be highly recommending it!
Interested in Purchasing? Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is available for pre-order for $16.95 at Amazon.com. Book will be available at most retailers and bookstores on March 12th, 2013!
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Books for Young Readers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.