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Pluto: A Dwarf Planet

Pluto: A Dwarf Planet

by Gregory L. Vogt
Presents information on Pluto, the farthest known planet, and its moon, Charon. Includes a glossary and "Pluto Quick Facts".


Presents information on Pluto, the farthest known planet, and its moon, Charon. Includes a glossary and "Pluto Quick Facts".

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Children's Literature
The most distant planet in our solar system, Pluto continues to be a bit of a mystery. First noticed in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh it was named by an eleven-year-old girl from England named Venetia Burney. Pluto is smaller than our moon and is over 4,500 million miles from the sun. At such a distance the pull of the sun's gravity is greatly lessened. Indeed, it takes Pluto 248 years to fully orbit around the sun. Pluto is a planet that has a frozen atmosphere that many scientists believe to be made of nitrogen. Some astronomers argue that Pluto should be classified as an asteroid rather than a planet as it is smaller than many moons in the solar system. Even the most powerful man-made telescopes can produce only ghostly and ill-defined images of this distant planet. Pluto is an enigma in this planetary system. Yet, author Gregory Vogt does an excellent job of describing Pluto's construction, nature, and mankind's efforts to study it in this volume of "The Galaxy" series. As is the norm for this excellent series the text is linked to fascinating visuals. Young readers of this book will gain knowledge about Pluto while at the same to remaining awed by the vastness of space. 2000, Bridgestone Books, Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Another series that introduces the planets of our solar system. Vogt provides a bit more information than in corresponding titles by Seymour Simon (Morrow). Like Simon, he also features exceptionally fine full-color and black-and-white photographs and artists' renderings, making these good choices for both browsers and report writers. One caveat-in Pluto, the planet's unusual orbit is misstated in what is clearly a typo, but will still confuse readers. There is no shortage of comparable titles. Decide how many your library needs and choose accordingly. These will certainly be serviceable additions.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA

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7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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