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

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery, written by Margaret A. Weitekamp with David Devorkin and illustrated by Diane Kidd, was 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 up thinking of Pluto as a planet, I found that Pluto’s Secret provided easy-to-understand details on its place in the Kuiper Belt and why the icy world was reclassified. I think that many older readers may feel the same way. This book definitely has an audience with young and older readers alike.

When paired with photo’s from the New Horizons journey to Pluto, I think Pluto’s Secret is a necessary addition to any young student’s study of astronomy. The “Who’s Who” section, glossary, and suggestions for further research make this a must-purchase for nearly any classroom, school, or public library serving children interested in learning more about Pluto.

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