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Clyde Tombaugh and the Search for Planet X
     

Clyde Tombaugh and the Search for Planet X

by Margaret K. Wetterer, Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator)
 

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Gazing at the Moon through a telescope for the first time, twelve-year-old Clyde Tombaugh wondered what other mysteries were out in space. The author of two other Carolrhoda On My Own Books (The Snow Walker, C. 1996, and Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, C. 1990) here tells the fascinating true story of the hardworking young man who discovered Pluto, the ninth

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Gazing at the Moon through a telescope for the first time, twelve-year-old Clyde Tombaugh wondered what other mysteries were out in space. The author of two other Carolrhoda On My Own Books (The Snow Walker, C. 1996, and Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, C. 1990) here tells the fascinating true story of the hardworking young man who discovered Pluto, the ninth planet in our solar system. Laurie Caple's richly colored illustrations capture Clyde's determination and bring his story to life.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4A brief, easy-to-read biography of the young man who, in 1930, discovered the planet Pluto. Wetterer tells the story of Tombaugh's childhood on an Illinois farm, his introduction to a telescope at age 12, and his determination to study astronomy despite his family's poverty. He built powerful telescopes and made many drawings of what he saw. In 1929, those drawings landed him a job at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. There, after many months of painstaking work and study, "he found a whole new world. He found Planet X, hidden among the stars." This interesting story is simply and directly told. Excellent-quality watercolor paintings appear throughout. The illustration of Clyde taking pictures of exactly the same piece of sky over and over and comparing them is helpful to young readers' scientific understanding of what it means to be an astronomer. An artistic rendering of the photos that Clyde was studying show the incredibly small detail that proved the existence of a ninth planet.Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876149690
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
On My Own Biographies Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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